Another great Brazen Racing race. As always, everything was smooth and above average - shirts, medals, food, packet pick up, easy parking and shuttles for those who had to park off site, great music, great course, great volunteers, great vendors, good atmosphere pre and post race. Pre-race there was a hot beverage buffet with coffee, hot cocoa, tea, and hot apple cider..with everything you could possible want - cream, sugar, and marshmallows. Races started on time, no lines or having to wait for anything.
Emma and I started first, then 15 minutes later Myles and Sophie started, with Brian checking in w/Myles at different points in his race. Brian had been sick with Strep all week and was not registered to run, and could not have run the whole thing w/Myles if he had wanted to. He was super worn out by noon, it was a lot of activity for a guy who had been home and down all week.
Emma and I had a good run. Not great, or stellar, just good. We just ran, worked on getting up the hills, down the other side, and to the finish. We pushed and pulled each other and kept each other pushing....but man o man, that is one big hill. We were both wiped at the top, but we just kept going.
Sophie had a good 5k, not her fastest, but she said it was "ok". She's pretty much with the same group of runners now at most of the Brazen 5k's, a group about her speed that she knows well enough to chat w/as she's running, so she did a bit of that and got herself up the hill and to the finish.
Myles...Myles and Brian don't jive well when it comes to certain things. Running is one of them. He tends to melt down with Brian when things start to get hard, and getting up that hill is hard. He was already in tears at the bottom of the hill before he started up it. So he and Brian had a difficult time, but he finished and was glad to get back to the food and treats. I think from now on I will be on Myles duty, we skip, hop, dance, sing, twirl,and on occasion actually run when we do 5ks together and he knows when I say "there's no crying in trail running" that I mean it. (He didnt' see my DNF at Diablo 50k last year, sshhh)
Here's what all the above looked like in real life -
I'll leave you with the view of the second aid station. This is after the huge climb when we have reached the top of the ridge. The views are amazing looking down both sides. (not the top elevation wise, we would climb a little more, but we reached the back of the ridge, along the top of it).
I'll do a second post with my own pictures in the next few days. Overall, as always, it was a great time. This was year 5 for our family at Rocky Ridge....maybe time to attempt the legendary 13.1 next year???