I almost didn’t go. My leg was a huge question mark. Why go if I’m only going to be able to run 6 miles??
But then Thanksgiving happened which went well until it didn’t.
And suddenly I couldn’t get to Rehoboth fast enough.
I readied the essentials:
Put on my favorite new song!!
(I also really love Do Re Mi if you’re wondering)
I took the land route all the way around the Delaware River to get to Rehoboth. 50 miles takes 4 hours but I guess if Bangle can come from California I shouldn’t complain 🤭.
I arrived at the house and cooled my jets until 2:00 (our official check in time.)
It was a beautiful sunny 50* December day.
I knew Carissa was in Rehoboth and that RunningEng should be close but alas I found myself alone.
Soon people started filtering in. We hit the expo, Dogfish and then back to the house. Loopsters came by the van full.
Chris baked us some great lasagna She went above and beyond- vegan, vegetarian, GF and meat and cheese. We are such a needy group!
My room mates (Caitlin and Sara) were stressing about their flat girls. What to wear to race in?? Me? I left the 4 sets of running clothes I had brought in my bag. I wasn’t racing so I figured I’d go for whatever I felt like in the morning.
I tend to be a very laid back runner race morning. Jay (Carissa’s friend) was stressed that I was eating oatmeal 35 minutes before the race. John was threatening to pin my bib on me if I didn’t get it on by a certain time. Of course that just made me drag my feet more to see John really lose his calm with me! 😏 Love ya, John.
We walked over to the start and got a partial group picture.
Some did warm up jogs while I stretched the bejeezus out of my hamstring. I said a little prayer that it would hold together and that for once I would be smart.
I had no idea if I’d be running 6 miles or 13 or if I’d finish in 2 hours or 2 and a half hours.
My loose goals were:
a) Don’t blow up my left leg
b) Make it to 10 miles
c) finish under 2:30
I found Bob and Vanessa in the crowd. It was great to see them. Vanessa is one of the very 1st Loopsters that I met.
The horn blew and we were off. The whole race I was taking stock of how my leg felt. I really didn’t worry about my pace. I followed the 4:10 pacer for a bit. I would tuck behind people and go at their speed until it felt too slow and then I went around.
I walked the water/Gatorade stops. I managed to high 5 Bangle and Sara, gave shout outs to John and Abby.
My hamstring was letting me run. I made it to mile 9 before I felt any twinges. At that point I slowed for a bit before picking it back up.
I’m not really sure how this happened but I ran Rehoboth in 2:00:27 after only running 18ish miles a week for the past 6 weeks (and nothing but cross training for the months before that).
The after party was just so much fun!! I loved every second of it!! So much dancing and off key singing (well, I was off key). I hope the link works.
That night I got to experience the Purple Parrot and the Conch.
The next day I woke up feeling fantastic. I slipped on my running stuff while my roommates snoozed. Bee bopped down the stairs and was shocked to see so many Loopsters awake. I tossed out an offer to go running with me. Some sneered, some yawned but Carissa’s friend said that he’d go.
We headed out and covered our one mile for streaking purposes.
After lunch, ice cream and a walk on the boardwalk it was time to head home.
Thanks for the Loop Healing Magic!
BTW Did I mention that I KT taped Dave’s leg? That was a little #awkward! 😬