I know, right? But we have the 5 year commemoration of our best friend's death and I was put on the schedule to read at church for the occasion. So even if had remembered Riley's Rumble this is one event I cannot weasel out of.
I tried to get out my nephew's wedding in April but the death threats I received from my wife and her sister were pretty clear ... and the race was only about an hour from the wedding! I totally could have done that.
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi
Two days away and still just $20. (And will remain $20 even if you register at the start line!)
Weather is unseasonably cool this year. As the facebook page says:
"With this unseasonable weather, you'll be relieved to hear that our med team is fully trained to treat hypothermia. Also, we've decided to switch the water stops to hot cocoa stops. Pop stop will instead serve s'mores; At the finish: baked apples."
That's a reference to the fact that this race is usually in the 80's. This year it will be in the 70's.
August 4, Riley's Rumble HM is coming again. Hot, humid, and hilly! But what a great price: $20. :-)
I like their recent facebook update:
"Hit 96F today. Remember that when it is a chilly 85F on race day morning."
and also this one:
"Time to start acclimatizing. Suggestions: 1) Move treadmill to kitchen and work out with oven at 400F and door open. 2) Drag a spare tire during long runs. A real tire, not your natural "spare tire". 3) Buy a running parasol. Or SPF 100 sunblock. Your choice. 4) Practice cursing."
Cute story, Tim, thanks for sharing. Here's a better photo of you smiling as you get your well-deserved popsicle. PS: People who are just looking at these photos have no idea how stinking hot and humid it was out there and how hilly this course was. You make it look too easy.
Funny story about those two girls. Later in the race I was running beside a fellow about my age and those two girls were just ahead of us. We were going up a hill and the old men were gaining on the girls.
I didn't realize that this is next Sunday (Aug 5th). I'm not ready for the full 13.1 miles yet, although I certainly could go out there and run it, I haven't done more than 8 since May. Had a little setback injury last weekend too. So I am out this year, but I will keep it in mind for next year.
Tim, You are bad! And you'll be even worse after Riley's :-P
Kidding aside, have you done either race before? I thought about the Ben Moore HM but stopped thinking about it after visiting the website - it was too sketchy! Interesting that the races sound very similar but the websites are so totally opposite in character.
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I'm in! In fact I am doing Riley's Rumble on Sunday 5 August and six days later, on Saturday 11 August, I am doing the Ben Moore Memorial in 'nap'lis. In between I am going to visit family in Newport NC.
You BAD, Tim. You is BAD!
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
I know - this heat is crazy. But Riley's Rumble is in just two weeks. Hey, it's an August HM in Maryland - what did you expect?
Good news: Only $20 and yet very well organized. Plenty of water/gatorade/gels on a gorgeous course. Lots of fruit, bagels, and cookies at the end. Watermelon, mmm!
Bad news: It's hot (and not in a good way). A bit hilly too. Despite that, it attracts 500-700 runners each year. Maybe it's the popsicles at mile 8 :-P
In case you're wondering how a HM can be only $20/runner, it's because: no t-shirts, no medals, no cash awards, and no profit. (And yes, it is chip timed but the club owns their own recyclable-chip system so there is no cost as long as you return your chip afterward.)
And check out the website. It's more helpful and descriptive than many commercial race websites. Also notice the pics are all about the volunteers rather than the runners. Very different than you'd see on any commercial HM site. I've run it twice so I can vouch for it personally.
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