Click on the Maymont sign above to see my Flickr photo set of the Friday portion of the X‑Country Festival.
This weekend is the 3rd Maymont X‑Country Festival I’ve ran in; in as many years. The previous two (results on my running page), Angela and I both ran the cross-country 5k. Maymont is an incredible park and it is so much fun to run a race there. However, there always seems to be something wrong each year. The first year, the 5k was divided up by sex/age groupings (which isn’t normal for a 5k, in my experience). Our groups were both on Friday night, with Angela’s starting last at 6:30. Of course, she finished in pitch black darkness, but she did finish. Last year, we ran on Saturday morning but the clock got messed up on the men’s 5k (I don’t think I set a PR by nearly three minutes on that course).
This year, I ran the new 8k course, which was on Friday at 5:30. Of course, I’m usually at work on Friday at 5:30, but I made an exception today. However, I was still running late to the park and was quite literally still getting my number pinned on as the starting gun sounded. This feeling of being rushed coupled with being badly dehydrated (I had been sweating it out on a job site earlier that day) led to a less than optimumly pleasant run in the heat of the setting sun. All the same, as I said, Maymont is a beautiful park and the race was lots of fun. I’m sure I’ll be back next year. There’s a half-marathon as well I’m hoping to try.
Also on the subject of running, today marked the last time I’m running in my current pair of sneakers. They are starting to both look and smell like all of the 400 miles on them, so they are being retired to gardening duty. I have a nice new shiny green & white pair waiting for me in the closet.