The weather was warm. I really can’t believe it was only upper 70’s because it felt hotter than that. Yes, I was running, but even just from walking beforehand, I was very hot. Still, it was better than last year when I froze the entire time I was waiting to start.
The course itself was pretty much the same as always. They did add a couple of new things that prove I’m not good at hitting targets, at least on the first try. We were supposed to through fake grenades in a box, but I came up short. And I missed at the targets they set up in combat town. Oh well.
My left hamstring has been bothering me some off and on for the past few months, so I took it fairly easy. I walked more than I might have, for example, especially since my desk chair at work is giving me fits. I didn’t want to push it and wind up injured. Still, I finished in roughly 1 hour 45 minutes, which beat my time last year and is fairly average for me. I’m quite happy with that.
And, honestly, I’m thrilled I was able to do it at all. I had signed up before I got my cancer diagnosis, and I spent a couple of months thinking I wouldn’t get to do it at all. When they confirmed I had stage one, I immediately put this back on my calendar. I didn’t feel I was as trained as I wanted to be, but I guess I was wrong about that.
This was year nine in a row. They’ve already announced that next year it is on June 8, and registration is open. I need to jump on that to get the lowest price. I am going for 10 years in a row.