Apr 24: Day 71
….signing up for a second event this year. It’s one of my favorites, and I just couldn’t miss it.
See, I am doing an off-season plan to get ready for my training. That wraps up in a few weeks. At the recommendation of the plan, they want me to take a week off training before heading into the IM training plan so I have that set up for the second week of May.
Now, there are 2 reasons I planned not to do other events this year, one is the money. That is still a valid reason, but meh. The second is I don’t want secondary events to alter my training schedule, either with different workouts or unplanned rest days or what have you. But this particular event happens to fall exactly during that break week. That means I don’t have to worry about it.
The event is a half marathon in Bucyrus KS called Running With the Cows. It’s one of those races that is put on by the community, and it shows. It’s not that fantastic or scenic of a course, but the people there have a really, really good time with their event and pretty much an entire church in this small town puts it on. Because THEY have so much fun, the runners have that much fun too. What do I mean by fun? Well, check out these finishers medals and race shirts:
The shirts are some of the loudest, silliest shirts ever. I love wearing mine. Oh, and all the runners get cowbells too. See what I mean about just plain being cute?
Also, the post race food is something special. It’s basically a potluck put on by the community. I mean the whole community, businesses to grandmas cooking in their homes. They have a room roughly the size of a basketball court and it’s wall to wall tables and food. I’m serious. Everything from breakfast burritos, doughnuts, pizza, sandwiches, BBQ, cookies, salad, soups, you name it. I can’t even. You have to run 13.1 miles to make enough room.
Having done this 3 years running I would have hated to miss it this year. So I caved. Oh well, it will be fun I am sure!
Do you all have a race you just can’t miss?