Since Pappy passed away 3 years ago over Memorial Day weekend, I have ran the Marietta Memorial Day 10K in memory of him. This is always a hard race for me emotionally and mentally, but it is what I do.
A few of my Team Awesome friends were also running it which makes for a fun race morning. My friend Becky also stopped by for a few minutes on her way to a class at her gym. The Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile was there! Yes, seriously! So of course Becky and I had to plank and selfie with the Wiener Mobile.
The race was scheduled to start at 7:30. Well, come 7:30 there was still no sign of the race starting. This has been a trend the past 2 years as well. We stood around for a while waiting for the start with not explanation of what was holding up the race from starting. Finally, around 7:40 the wheelchair racers started and around 7:45 we took off. This creates a lot of issues for runners as some space out their pre-race routines (stretching, warming up, fueling, restrooms, etc) based off of the start time that they are given.
The 5K and 10K both take off together and run the first 1.5 miles together. Congestion was not too bad and things thinned out fairly quickly. The course is fairly flat for the 5K with some rolling hills but nothing too bad, however the 10K is rolling the whole way with some pretty tough spots. I typically run well on hills, but this race gets me every year which I think is a mental/emotional thing.
It was a rough race for me - I was emotional to say the least. You can't have your best race every race and I accept that. It was so great though having my friends waiting for me at the finish line and cheering me on for the last push.
The post race area was small. The food included bottles of water and some cheese crackers on a table. There were very few vendors to visit after as well so we went back to the Wiener Mobile. We took some fun food pictures and chatted it up with the "hot dogers" (the awesome people that travel with the Wiener Mobile. They were super cool and taught us a lot about the Wiener Mobile and gave us Wiener Whistles.
It is always great to kick off a holiday running with friends. While this race has some issues starting on time, it is a convenient race for a lot of us to go to.
I love to run and most importantly I love to have FUN while I run....I am the "Funner Runner"
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