Yesterday Leanne, Phil, and I participated in the Wicked 10K. If you saw my Rainy? Wicked 10K post you saw the weather forecast…
Again, thanks Don!
Because of that fear, this was my pile of clothes:
Of course, there were also socks, shoes, and a camera included in that pile. I did not wear, thank goodness, the thermal tights or poncho. However, it might have been a good idea for the last half mile…
We got to the start with about a half hour to spare. There were good times to be had looking at all the different costumes (lots of Mario Bros this year) and the different things people do before races (running in place, stretching, jumping up and down).
We started in corral 7, not the last corral! What’s up with that?
Ah well, we were in the second to last corral. There were around 9,000 people in yesterday’s race so we still had our fair share of waiting to do.
Finally our corral got up to the start line and we were off! I mean off as fast as you can go with 9,000 of your closest friends in front of you.
Leanne and I really love this race. There are so many interesting people to look at and costumes to try to figure out. Like this for example:
Remember how Don Slater said it was going to be, “Windy, nasty, rain, Saturday?” It most definitely was windy. For a good majority of the race we were walking directly into the wind (talk about resistance training). People’s hats and parts of costumes littered the roads. A man in front of us was picking up hats. In about a minute he had three hats. Crazy!
The course we followed, is pretty much the same for all races held in Virginia Beach. It starts at the Convention Center, goes down Atlantic, turn when you get to Rudee’s Inlet, walk on the Boardwalk, back onto Atlantic, and finally finish out on the Boardwalk again.
Once we turned onto the Boardwalk, we got a good view of the churning ocean.
The tide was most definitely in and very foamy.
Leanne and I decided that we would run the last mile. I’m pretty glad we did. Around mile 5.5? it started to spit, then the “spit” turned into bigger rain drops, and bigger, and bigger. While we were crossing the finish line, the sky pretty much opened up and downpoured for about 2 minutes. This would be why there are no pictures of the end of the race and also why we didn’t stick around for the delicious Bakers Crust food. We were soaked and very soon would be freezing!
Even though the end of the race wasn’t the greatest, I still love the Wicked 10K!
Next year, Wicked 10K, no rain! Okay!?