|RD Emily"kitten" and Yeti"Steve" and Michelle umm just Michelle or Lil Roy to the Tuggers|
Last year the inaugural TARC Spring Thaw saw temperatures rise into the 80's ...this year the second anual THAW saw a start where runners were bundled up and jumping foot to foot at trying to warm up. RD Emily aka Kitten is well..just...amazing...not only is she:
a dear friend and confidant
a cheerleader to all who ever try to acomplish something important in their lives
an amazing artist
a goofy glorious old soul
a person I am priveleged to say I know...
she is an original member of the TUGGERS who like other TUGs including Steve, Dan and Julie became RD's : )
Her Spring Thaw, with the help of the most amazing TARC volunteers and TARC members, is seriously just an absolute joyfest to run. I think of it as the first trail race of the season. A time to run for a PR or just to get your legs moving afetr a long cold winter or just a time to gab with friends and nosh on delictables at the runner/volunteer stocked aid stations.
I ran the day before the race with Julie. She took me on part of her Badass Fatass course and we got in 14 fun (often snow blanketed) miles of paved/dirt roads, trails and a summit of Mount Wachusetts. We gabbed the entire time but the last two miles where a insidious hill had me doing everything I could to not keel over. I felt awesome and wanted my first weekend of count down races/training for PEAK to be a dbl. So I went to the Thaw with the idea just to run it for time on feet so I dcided to run with the log...Emily and other TARCers are very kind to let me run races with it...
I always start dead last..I always step off the trail to let the faster people run by and I just make sure that my bringing this to a race does not in any way impede someones ability to run the course free of obstructions like dorky chicks carrying wood...
well I am there
and I am dorky
and I have the wood...
I just make sure to get my ass out of the way : )
The coourse was snow covered but the trail was walked /ran on so you were not postholing..as the day moved on though it got very slippy and running with something on your shoulder is awkward enough..add slippy trails and well it makes for a tough day of running. seeing all the smiling faces and positive racers made up for any discomort though...I just always feel so blessed when I run trail races...they are just a different
So I ran for about 3 1/2 hours then I brought more water and cups t the midpoint aid station of the course and then i headed home to make a roast chicken for Doc and prepare for my Monday morning back at school.