For a while I have been meaning to finally volunteer. It's so hard though when it's a race that you really, really want to run. I've had every intention all summer of doing my part, but the race always entices me to say, "maybe the next one." But I had run out of excuses and decided last week I would man up and give back to the running community.
Earlier in the week, Punk Rock Ron, had asked me if I wanted to join him on a cheap, short (read 12 mile) trail half marathon in his neck of the woods. I love me some trail running! Right away though, I thought, this is my time to step up and volunteer! So I emailed the race director, told him I was available and he welcomed me with open arms to help with the 5th Annual Los Voqueros Tarantula Run! The run is put on by the Contra Costa County water district to bring attention to all that they do for water supply in the area. It was a small race, probably with no more than 250 peeps. They had a 5K, 10K, and a (12 mile) half marathon. I thought starting small was probably my best bet ;)
Ron had also invited our good friend, always up for a race, Stacey! This was turning out to be a great Saturday! The only problem was, I was sad that I wasn't going to run with those two characters. I knew though, I had a job to do and it was on! The race is in Livermore, about an hour and ten minutes away from Stacey and I, and I was scheduled to be at the race by 7 am. Ugh! Stacey though, is a morning person like me, so I hitched a ride with her and we were off hitting the road by 5:45 on a Saturday morning. Yeah, us runners are crazy.
The weather was predicted to be cold, wet, and rainy - perfect. And, I was coming down with a cold. Perfect. No worries, I knew I would have a blast and my face would hurt from laughing so hard at those two that I would completely forget my runny nose.
|RBR - the trooper showing up with me in the dark!|
|Working the waiver booth ;)|
Finally Ron showed up, (read, fashionably late on the short bus) and hilarity ensued. Ron and Stacey always make any situation fun, even when it was rainy and windy!
|Sorry for the crappy photo - it was still dark out. But would you look at the calves on that guy! Nice!|
The day seemed to go by really fast! All of a sudden it was almost 11 am and we were waiting on just a few runners to come in. Read, Stacey and Ron were still out there lallygagging and hamming it up for the camera. I had to laugh, they were contemplating taking down part of the running shoot with 9 runners still out there! I told them they couldn't, my peeps were still out there! LOL! Sure enough, 2 hours and 45 minutes later, a tall guy (with great calves by the way) and cute little chic (with a smokin' ass) came running across the finish line and I got to congratulate my two running buddies for surviving the rainy race!
My duties were pretty much done for the day when those two came across. They only had 5 more runners out there and they began tearing down the finish area. That kind-of made me mad, but from a logistical stand point, I got it. They would still be timed, just no big fan fair.
Ron and Stacey reassured me that their lengthy run was due to the fact that they had to rescue someone from a burning house, help a mamma cow give birth...and stop to tie their shoes a few times. They are such a bunch of do gooders! There was one other funny story of the day: a goat came out to cheer everyone on. Yes, you read that right, a goat. The story of the goat is actually quite sad. She belonged to an employee who had worked at the water district for over 25 years. She was quite instrumental in the race each year. Unfortunately though, she passed away suddenly just a few months back. They brought her goat out to honor her, as everyone who knew her said she loved Sarah the goat and all her animals.
|Sarah the goat - I tried to get a picture with her, but my camera died :(|
|Stacey and me after the race|
The week went by really quick for me. I was busy and tired - I think the cold was coming on since Wednesday. I had a pretty decent week of running. I managed some speed work, a 12 mile medium long run and took two rest days. I also was able to get in one more attempt at a long run today. It was miserable with the rain, wind and cold, and decided it would be smart for me to turn around a 5 and just stick with 10 instead of the 18 I had planned. I'm hoping I will get out tomorrow morning for my long run - just need to get over this cold! I rounded out the week with about 47 miles. Not my best showing but I needed to get over this cold! I have the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon on Saturday and I want to be healthy!
I'm off to catch up with all of you! Congrats to all the racers!
Have a great week and Happy Running Peeps!