I picked out a couple photos from Porter's scrapbook and pinned them to my back as I have done each year when I run this race. Although the race is about Porter Rockwell and not specifically in honor of MY Porter I like to think it is.
Me and London Riding.
She and I have shared a lot of miles and conversations together. A great lady, and friend.
This was a much smaller race than many other races, with only about 150 people running the half today.
The weather was incredibly perfect. It started a little warm even, but right off we got some nice winds to cool things off and even some cloud cover to help. The whole run was just absolutely gorgeous! I love to look at the mountains and skies and all the scenery around me as I run. It helps keeps my mind off the hard stuff.
We gathered for a pre-race group photo and then got ready to run.
I had no specific goals for this race except have a great time! Well, let's be honest, it would be nice to hopefully run it just a bit faster than the two previous years. (2:14:39 and 2:30:48) I have been working super hard over the past 6 months with core work and trail running and hoped that all that work would carry over into road running.
Good news! I completed the run in 2:08:59 and I was very pleased with that time, yet my experience out on the run was more important than the time. Really, truly I was just so enjoying the moments of kind words from people as they would pass and see my sign. There were some great conversations from a few others as well.
After finishing the race I, of course, found some delicious food of watermelon, and oatmeal and just sat on the grass and ate and visited some more with friends. My heart was just so happy and in a peaceful place.
I tend to turn into a silly dweeb at times from the runner's high I get after a race. Oh well! It's who I am.
My pacer friend Monte in the orange shirt took 7th overall in the race and first in his age group. His wife London right next to him, took third in her age group and was extremely pleased as well.
An excellent day! I'll cherish it always!