The Bad, NOT REALLY...
The Really Ugly,
Drama wasn't hard to come by in Sunday's 31st running of the 15-kilometer Utica Boilermaker Road Race and a monumental timing snafu that will leave 2008's runners forever wondering exactly how fast they ran.
"ALL IN THE TIMING"
yup, the chip system failed and two Ethiopians go off course.... (The lead runners nearly veered off course near the end of the race following the media van)
Okay, now for the good newwwwssss.. ' cause I hate negative!!!!
What a fun weekend. Our drive down to Utica was nice, relaxing and uneventful. Good weather, good roads and great company.
There was a longer line up / delay at the border crossing than usual, but we made it through after twenty minutes....Thelma and Louise on a road trip....we got to Utica and checked into the hotel and headed off to the Sports Expo thirty minutes before closing. Pretty much every exhibit had or was closing up, so we got our race kit and did a quick zoom around to see if there was anything exciting left to check out. Nope, most of the exhibitors had already shut down....
We were going to meet some running friends for dinner at Delmonico's, (a fantastic Italian Restaurant on North Genesee), one of them being one of my friends who had just returned from the Comrades Run in South Africa and I wanted to hear all about his Ultra 90K race!! Dinner was as always FANTASTIC and as always too much food, too much fun, laughter, tall tales and news of the Comrades Run....unbelievable..check out the website!
After our meal and beverages, we headed back to the hotel to tuck in for the night.
The Bad. NOT REALLY ~
Luckily the rain was subsiding and the clouds were disappearing ! At least enough to leave low hovering clouds...but no rain.
The run started off extremely slowly for me and I truly was uninspired...my breathing, cadence and mental attitude just wasn't there. Glenda was having the same issues..From the gun until we crossed the start line was about twelve minutes...luckily I was wearing my Garmin, however, I started it at the first mat, not the start mat..oh well, it is only seconds...
Around the 4k mark I looked over my left shoulder to see where Glenda was and to see if she was okay....she gave me the nod that all was well and we were both getting our running legs under us!
the chip timer failed..no one, not one single runner has a chip time!!! ONLY A GUN TIME!
I had my Garmin, luckily, so I know I had a PB....!!!!
We are home now and I'm on Staycation....