Something crazy has been going on in Texas this summer and more specifically in Dallas as I can’t really speak for the rest of the state. 🙂 It’s called rain.I woke up race morning and this race really isn’t that far from my house though I was running behind and my fellow NTX Runners who were also running Wounded Warrior had planned a meet up for a pre-race picture. Just a few minutes behind I was making my way over to packet pickup and juust made it under the awning of the building when all of the water from the sky began to pour down. All of it. Luckily, I’d found some of my NTX people so I wasn’t just standing their by myself since Teal wasn’t able to run this race with me due to high school graduation where she works. We got a couple updates from a human being that the race was delayed 15 minutes and then another 15 minutes as there was just a massive crowd gathered together trying to stay dry.
For this race they have two distances, a half and a 10K, and per usual I was sticking with the 10K which started after the half did. It’s too darn hot to be doing a half in June, amiright? Except for this rainy race day. I also began tweeting with some other local runners who were hearing the delay was even longer than what I had heard. Eventually I knew I had 5-10 minutes before my race was to begin so I made my way to the start line in the rain. I’d already made the executive decision that I was not going to even begin to mess with my phone and Runkeeper for this race. The life of my phone was more important than music and having exact info on my race.
It rained for half if not more of my race. They actually had to do a detour on one part of the race that runs on the Campion Trail because it wasn’t just kind of flooded over it was REEEEALLY flooded over. As in if I ran through that I think the water would have been up to my hips, but I’m also short if you have noticed from all the pictures where I stand next to Teal. 🙂
Throughout the race I didn’t really know how I was doing and was just excited every time I passed a mile marker. With less than a mile to go I spotted some friends on the course, Lisa & Lucy (who I still had not meet IRL until that moment). That was nice little boost at the end. And then the race was over. I was drenched and had no clue how I did, but was excited to have my 10K bling! 🙂
I absolutely love this race! It’s for an awesome cause, it’s close to home and I get a medal for running a 10K! I didn’t get to stick around too long after the race as some friends of Brent’s were in town and I need to get to brunch. Priorities, people! But I did get to see quite a few people at the end which was very fun!
I was pleasantly surprised to find out later that day that my naked run at Wounded Warrior was only 15 seconds behind my 10K PR! I finished in 54:46 which was 9th in my age group. Not too shabby!