Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

Last Sunday was the Heels & Hills Half Marathon in Irving, TX. Heels & Hills is the local event for the Summer season of Team In Training. I ran this last year but decided to volunteer/cheer this time around instead.

Dianna, Robin, and I arrived around 7:00 to give a few words of encouragement before the gun went off. The weather was a bit chilly with a light drizzle. Nothing horrible...yet. After we saw everyone off, we walked a little over a mile to the TNT water station. That's when things got a bit crazy. It was pouring down rain. POURING. And the wind. Oh the WIND. It was miserable. Then it cleared up. Then it got bad again. This is basically how it went for the next 4 hours. We covered ourselves in trash bags to stay dry and warm (never underestimate the power of the trash bag). The race was put on hold 2 different times for fear of an even worse storm coming through. The course was even forced to be shortened by .6 miles for some people to keep them safe. It was crazy.

BUT everyone there had a great race day. Despite the miserable conditions I didn't see one unhappy face crossing the finish line. It really was a fun day. We laughed so hard at so many things. I can't encourage you enough to volunteer for a race every once in a while. It's nice to see the other side of things.

(Anyone get my Dylan reference? Anyone? Anyone?)