It’s February…cold weather, no humidity, long sleeves and leggings, PR’s except in Florida. In Florida, February is a toss up between pollen, humidity, above average temperatures, and spring like weather. In other words, the suck factor for runners is high. Does that mean treadmill? No. We embrace the suck and become running badasses. We wear it like a badge of honor. Case in point , the 41st Ortega River Run. A tune up race for the Gate River Run. It’s been warmer than normal the last couple of years. It’s also a Grand Prix Race. As a JTC race team member, I sign up. I love the neighborhood and the race support along with the after race festival. Do I have a chance to score an AG group win? Nope. We have some super fast ladies in my AG. Do I still try for top 10? Yep. So 8:30 a m I tow the line and go for it. This year we have fog but we also start with 72 degrees. God help us. 2 bridges: 1 flat and 1 not. Hills, and people and more people, but the medal is worth it.
Here are some pictures…
Before. We look good.
And so the trek begins.
Death and finish line-never let them see your death mask
Thank God! I will now collapse. Give me my medal and water.
I’m totally faking that smile.
Done for another year. Will I be back? Of course! Misery loves company so runners will suffer together. Gate River Run 13 days and counting. I can do this, I am a Florida runner.
Remember it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey,