I was looking forward to this race all week. The race benefited the Elks Lodge and was to raise money to rebuild their bathrooms. I was hoping they would go “all-out” with the theme and they did.
My parents own a house on the Eastern Shore of Va near Onancock. Dad and I spent the night up there. The race started at 8, and we got there around 7:15. When we got there, there weren’t too many people.
Plus the Plunger Awards!
By 7 am, it was already in the 80s. After racing the day before and with the heat, my goal was to run around 7:15 per mile.
We lined up at the race was off right at 8 am. It was a small race and immediately found myself as the first woman. I ran the entire race alone, which was fine. I had two goals: to win a plunger and to work hard but not injure myself.
I crossed the first mile right at 7:15. I felt like I was working hard but not overworking.
The second mile went through downtown Accomac and did a u-turn and headed back towards Front Street. For a small race, the course was better marked than many bigger races I’ve done.
I hit the second mile in 7:18 which I was happy with.
The final mile headed back on front street and towards the finish. There was no shade, and it was hot. You can also see the finish line about half a mile away! I thought I was never going to get there.
When I got to the finish, I was surprised to find I got to break a tape. Not just any tape, but a tape made of toilet paper.
I don’t think any other tape will beat that. I crossed in 21:50 and got a plunger trophy.
My goal was to run hard but not get injured and I did that. It felt more like a workout than anything, but I’m happy with my effort and I’ve even more thrilled with how much fun the race was.
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Questions for you:
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