Well I wasn't planning on it but I did it anyway. Vanessa and I did the Race to Robie Creek yesterday.
I had a hip issue in January and after finally seeing a doctor and having it diagnosed with a treatment plan I missed 6 weeks of running. So I decided to skip Robie Creek this year. But Vanessa found someone who had a registration to sell and I thought I could just walk most of it. So I did.
Here we are pre-race.
It was warm that day, in the 70's.
Vanessa and I split up early in the race this year. Last year we did the entire race together.
There was plenty of entertainment this year along the route. The theme was all about love and commitment.
Different groups sponsor the water stops. This man was part of the Parrot Head Club.
I don't remember what mile his group was at.
Around mile 8 we got "Temptation Table" where they try to talk the runners into giving up. Pretty funny stuff.
They were trying to give out whipped cream, chips and candy bars.
There were plenty of people in front of me.
There were even some behind me.
Almost to the summit.
The race is 8 1/2 miles uphill. The steepest bit is just before the summit. Everyone slows down there. Then the last 4 1/2 miles are down a steep hill on the other side, which was covered with ice. Yes, ICE!
Around mile 5 I picked this up:
Yeah, fairly unpleasant, to say the least. I stopped and put a band-aid on it, but then I was running on a blister with a band-aid on it. Not much help. Also developed a blister on my left foot to match. Lucky me.
You read that right - running. I did run some of the race. Not much of it, but some.
Next race I'll try these socks and/or vaseline which I hear helps a lot.
Workin' hard at the finish line.
Here are Vanessa and I post race.
She did great. Her time was 2 hours and 39 minutes. My time was 3 hours and 16 minutes. Last year we did it in 3 hours and 7 minutes.
And why do we do it?
For the great socks and t-shirts, of course. And the ability to say we conquered the hill!
(The shirt says "Stop - Don't - Don't - Stop" and "Robie loves you but are you ready to make a commitment?")