Yes, another Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run is over. Kinda sad. It's my favorite race of the year.
At the finish line.
*Overcast. As much as I love seeing the sun come up in all of it's glory over the valley, the cooler temps of the overcast day made for a much more enjoyable run. Dont' worry, I was still a sweaty mess when it was over.
* The hill didn't kill me. One of the big draws of this race is the slow and steady hill that comes at mile 3, last for a mile and a half, and has a couple of false summits. The first year I did it, I didn't know what I was in for. I couldn't walk right for two days. This year was the first year that I got done with that hill and felt like I could keep going. I'm just going to say that 4:45am runs on Tumamoc helped. Training works people!!
(*side note - 1/2 mile in, I heard a woman ask her friend if the course was going to flatten out. Her friend replied, "Well, kinda..." I'm going to say that this woman was in for a long, hard, run! I wonder how getting out of bed was for her this morning?)
* I was 22 seconds faster than my cute husband. While this may not seem like much, or a huge deal to anyone else, he always beats me. Always. He has that ability to dig deep and push himself no matter what the circumstance. Something I really admire. A lot. I really thought he must be someplace way ahead of me because I didn't see him after the first couple of miles. Or hurt on the side of the road was my other thought. In his defense, he doesn't have a lot of time that it isn't 3pm and 104º out to run. I know he's looking forward to February like no one else!
For those of you who were asking, Nuun is a sports drink tab that you add to water and it fizzes and gives you back all of those things like sodium and potassium that you have been sweating off. I like it. The grape flavor reminds me of soda. My cute husband does not. It reminds him of Alka Seltzer. To each his own. It also comes in a variety of other flavors in case grape is not your thing. I recommend strawberry lemonade.