🙂 Hi ladies!! Sorry for being MIA for a few weeks!! 😮 Returned to northern MN on Thursday. Drove through RAIN, WIND, SNOW, SLEET IN northern NM and into most of CO. Made it to North Platte, NE, cold temps but nice and sunny till I got into South Dakota. Started snowing so I stayed in Aberdeen, SD at DH's aunt home. She drove in from Fargo and talked me into staying the night because of the snowstorm and bad road conditions on the interstate. By the time I got into MN, some rain now and then but the snow was still around. Most of it has melted by now, yesterday was SUNNY and high 50s!! YAY!!
King of the Hill Trail race 10k, Los Lunas, NM (30 miles south of Albq, NM):
I stayed w/ DS/DIL the night before in Albq. It took me less than 30 mins to get to race location, most of drive is on I-25. Ate a banana and drank some Powerade zero, and water. Was early and it was around 33 degrees!! Brrrr but the sunrise was gorgeous!! Small event, small crowd but big on enthusiastic cheers!! From the start line, you can see the 'hills' and cheered on HM runners. Boy, I wished I was running that event!! I talked w/ a couple of female runners, around 20/30 yr olds. They asked about my collapsible water bottle that I can hold on my palm w/ a holder, made by Salomon. It's perfect for short races. I felt good and rested, strategy was to walk the hills and keep moving. About 50 runners for 10k. Started in the back, after a mile, the first hill, the steepest came into view!! 😮 Jogged up to halfway and power-walked the rest, started passing others too, yippee!! Then at the top, it got SANDY, and stayed mostly sandy the whole distance!! Tough going but I kept pushing myself. Took couple of 15 sec walk breaks, injury area feeling ok till the steep descent around 4.5 miles. Lost a couple of minutes there as I slowed down. Finally around 5 miles, it turned to hard-packed dirt road. Then I could hear a female runner breathing HARD behind me, she's struggling but as she passed me, the whiff of her perfume almost made me pass out!! 😮 She slowed down. I passed her, and that perfume gave me a headache!! She passed me again ..........okay, that's enough. I picked up my pace the last mile. I could hear her and I kept going faster. Her friend is cheering for her the last 1/4 of the race "pass her!!" That was probably the only time in the race that I actually 'raced' ........finished ahead of her. She was exhausted, hands on knees, etc. I gave her a high five and she thanked me for keeping her on pace. It was exciting for the crowd, LOL!! I felt good about my effort. There was pancakes post-race w/ lots of water/oranges/bananas!! Love these small race events!! So ate breakfast w/ couple of ladies who finished after me, they are both in their 60s!! They look awesome for their age, wow!! WE all became fast friends. We checked our times. I finished in 1:11:30. Not bad at all 😀 I got 2nd in my AG (55-59) out of 2 runners!! HA! The 1st in my AG was also 2nd OVERALL in the female category (1:02), and 10th OVERALL!! How amazing is that?!? Even if the AG was from 50-59, I still would have been second. The over-perfumed female runner that I beat came in 1st in her AG (50-54). Anyway, I was 27th/51; 2nd in AG (55-59); 10th overall female category. I was satisfied w/ my time and effort. It just felt so GREAT to be running dirt trails again!! This is my first race of the year 😀