I have a goal to run a race, regardless of distance or type, in all 50 states plus DC. Before we went on vacation this year we scoured the internet to find a race. Of course, in Hilton Head there was a race the week before and the week after we were there. But I was able to find a 5K in Savannah, Georgia, which was somewhat close by. So, Dad, Dave and I signed up in advance.
As it turns out, Savannah might be close in miles to Hilton Head but it takes a whole hour to get there and you have to cross this monster.
This was a pretty big 5K, in a state and place I've never raced, but wouldn't you know I was lined up right next to a former Trakkers teammate?! What a small world.
As soon as the race started my legs said no. It was like my brain was saying run and my legs were saying, "are you crazy!" But things started moving and I was feeling okay. I missed the first mile mark so I have no idea what was my pace. The second mile was so cool. You ran down this really long road and there were tons of boy scouts and girl scouts out there all holding pictures of firefighters who had died in 9/11 and everyone was waving little American flags. Because I wasn't taking the race all that seriously, I made sure to slap high-fives with all the kids.
The third mile was full of twists and turns through the cobble stone streets and all the different squares. Somehow I made it back to the start line where Dave was waiting for me and we waited for Dad. My finish time was exactly 23:00.
There was quite a good (not nutritionally) spread at the finish: hot dogs, beer, soda, etc. Of course, at 8:30 in the morning it tasted amazing. The results were quickly posted. Dave finished 5th or 6th in his age group. I was fourth, and dad won his age group. We stuck around for the awards. I thought I might have a chance to get pulled up into the age group awards since the winner of my age group finished second overall. Wouldn't you know they only gave first overall and nothing else overall? So, I finished 4th in my age group. Shucks! And my dad, well, he didn't really win his age group. I guess when I signed him up I accidentally signed him up as a female. Woops! We waited an hour for the awards and got nothing. We could have been sitting on the beach. :)
Overall, it was fun and I picked up my 16th state!!!