For my third 10k I decided to participate in the Dexter to Ann Arbor race weekend events! That makes it sounds real fancy doesn’t it? The premise behind the DXA2 race is that you run a half marathon from Dexter, Michigan to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Well, I’m not that cool… yet. So I opted for the less awesome version of that and just ran 1/4 of the way to Dexter, from Ann Arbor.
The 10k took place entirely in Ann Arbor and was an out and back race that was full of epic hills and a beautiful river view. At some points, it also smelled of garbage and human waste, which if I didn’t run faster would have induced vomit. June 5th was also a ‘hot as balls’ kind of day, and it really got to me. On top of my ankle giving me issues, the heat really added to my crankiness during the race. I made sure to take it easy for both the heat, and the ankle, I stopped and walked at every water station to let my body take a rest of a hot minute, but it all seemed for naught.
When I crossed the finish line I was wrecked, not only because of the epic uphill at the end, and the fake finish line, but I was severely dehydrated and almost passed out. Luckily I was already in the first aid tent getting my ankle wrapped when that tingly light headed feeling hit me, so I enjoyed the comforts of a cot for a minute while I rested my body.
Once I was feeling better I had a job to do, I had to go spectate my ass off! I found the perfect spot for me to wave my sign in people’s faces, at the top of that epic uphill at the finish. It was the perfect spot for people to get a little extra push of motivation to get them past the fake finish line.
I guess I got a prime spectating spot because I’m in the background of about a hundred race photos on runmichigan.com, like this one below of my runner friend Becca (who is awesome by the way).
You can even see the Jankle wrapped up snug as a bug in that photo.
After the race we had a dailymile meetup with everyone from the DXA2 area, where we ate and drank our weight in beer and burgers! Yes, the sign had a prime seat at the table. It was actually nice because those new to the meet up knew they were in the right spot, because of the sign.