This year, I was accompanied at the race by my sister-in-law, Kristan, and my friend, Alicia. Both girls were to run the 5k and I ran the 10k.
I decked myself out in reflector stickers, and a ton of glowsticks, as did Kristan and Alicia. We got to Teton Running near 10:30. We were pleasantly surprised that this year, they'd have shuttles to the starting points. We get in the shuttle about ten to eleven and head out. I get dropped off first and start my race at approximately 11:05. I wanted to start at 11:00 as I figured I would need the whole hour to run the 10k and try to finish as close to midnight as I could. So, I picked up the speed a bit. The race was as surreal as last year. A whole bunch of bobbing light, the cool darkness of the night, the occasional flashing cop car signaling a turn. It was great. No meteors this year, but that's okay.
For a long time I was running by myself. The moon wasn't out or full at least and so it was somewhat disorienting. All I could see was a blinking blue light a ways down the road. The light was attached to another runner. I ran like that, trailing the blinking blue light for what seemed like forever. Suddenly, I was passing the blue light. There was no one in front of me, so apparently, I became the one to follow for a while. Later I sound some more bobbing lights to follow and eventually pass.
At some point, the 10k course had an "in and out" which means that you'd run a ways and then be told to turn around. At this point, I spotted Kristan on her 5k run. We instantly recognized each other's reflectors and glowstick patterns. At this point, I was probably a mile and a half from the finish. I've been feeling good the whole race, especially since I had yet to be passed. That is until about a half mile left. Out of nowhere these twelve year-old boys who had been half walking and half sprinting passed me. Ah well, I guess that part isn't too important.
I see the finish line and that good ole' "Anxious Horse Syndrome" kicks in and I speed up. I pass the finish line at 12:01. This means I cut 4 minutes off of last year's run. Cool!
When all the runners have come in, the awards start. They are giving out the pumpkin awards first. This is the award for the guy and gal in each race that finished closest to midnight. And guess who won the 10k race? Me! 2nd year in a row! Not really a prize for speed, but one for accuracy. I'll take it. Later I also win a pair of running shorts and a gift certificate to Kiwi Loco. I cleaned house! I hung out with Kristan and Alicia after the race and it looked as though they both had a ton of fun too. Kristan thinks she'll go for the 10k next year!
Once again, Nite Lites was freakin' awesome. I highly recommend it.
|Kristand and Me before the race. Check out the reflectors!|
|Kristan at the finish|
|Me at the finish|
|Alicia, Me and Kristan|
|Kristan and Me at the end|
|Me with my pumpkin award|
|Me celebrating my running shorts|