The half-marathoners turn left and run the 8 mile loop, followed by the 5. Marathoners and 50k runners turn right and run the 5 first, followed by the 8, then both again (and the 50k people add another 5 for good measure).
- With the weather, running slow for 5-6 hours didn't sound like much fun
- I'm racing a mile on an indoor track at CWRU this Saturday, and wanted to be recovered
- Victoria had plans in the afternoon and I needed to be home by 12:30 to work the day-care
In the early part of the race, I was running 5th with a group of 3 right behind me, including Jim Chaney. I talked with Jim a little and found out that he is the narrator for the Burning River course videos, which I really appreciate! (Even though I haven't done the race yet, I have viewed the videos to prepare for other runs in the area).
Eventually I stopped and stepped to the side to adjust my YakTrax. I got going again and was now in 8th. Another 2 guys were following right behind me and we ran together until I stopped again to mess with my shoe. Now I was 10th, but a couple of them must have stopped at the 8-mile point and not continued on.
I really appreciated those volunteers that directed runners and worked at the aid stations and at the finish line. What a hard job that is on a cold day. Thank you!