Erik had been in Chicago all week for work and got home after midnight Friday night (early Saturday). I started feeling ill on Friday and couldn’t stomach much of anything. Upon waking up Saturday morning the bathroom would not have been a place you would have liked to follow me into. The rest of the weekend was much like this and I really hope this mild bug gets out of my system before Thanksgiving!
Anyways, back to the race. It was very cold in the morning (30’s) but the sun was out and it wasn’t too windy. The course was not ideal, a few hills but mostly on a narrow/winding greenway around a lake. I was lucky enough to be going back and forth with a high school boy who apparently could not hold a line if his life depended on it. He would pass me then slow down and weave around when I would pass him back. I went out a pace that I should’ve been able to hold for the entire race but knew upon reaching the first mile that this was not going to go as I had hoped. No matter, as long as I beat Erik, it would be a win.
I was not counting on Marty to pass me with a ½ mile to go. He was nice enough to let me know that Erik was well behind me, but not nice enough to help me get to the finish line. He finished 2 seconds of me, but since he signed up as a recreational runner, he is not in the results and therefore doesn’t count. Too bad so sad for him.
I ended up 3rd overall female. 1st place got a frozen turkey. 2nd place got a frozen turkey breast. 3rd place got a frozen turkey TV dinner. Yum yum.
Here’s a 3min video our awesome friend Doug (ofT3 Tee’s) shot of the
epic showdown. It’s definitely worth a watch.