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Happy Friday! I am pleased about it because it is payday, I am off on Monday, and next Friday is my last day of school. I have one week off then will start Summer School. I will be doing a similar program that I did last year working with incoming kindergarten students. I enjoyed it last year and I hope it goes well this year too.
On Sunday I ran my 4th race of the year. I almost skipped it because I was not ready for it. I am glad I didn’t because I enjoyed it and it went better than I expected.
Here are some fun things about the race:
🍃 It was my 1st time running this race. It was also a new to me location – The Forge: Lemont Quarries. I had never heard of that place! I got lost driving there. I should have followed the directions sent by CARA but instead chose to use Google Maps. The funny thing is that when I made a right turn that supposedly would take me to the race location, there were about 5 other cars behind me. That right turn led us to a no-trespassing area. We turned around and I ended up following another car. Whew!
Instead of a shirt, I got a pair of socks. I haven’t worn them yet but love the idea.
🍃 It was warm and the course was mostly shaded. It was great to run in shorts and a short sleeve top. Finally!
🍃I didn’t train for this race. I was doing really good in April with my running but then lost my motivation this month. Then it was chilly in the morning and I didn’t want to get up. I know, excuses, excuses. I knew I was not going to PR and ended up with a 1:13:49 finish time. The last time I ran a 10k was in 2018. I think this has been my fastest race this year.
🍃 The course was on a trail. Running on a trail means mosquitos. We were all ready because the race organizers provided insect repellant for us.
🍃 I used the run/walk method. I did really well and was proud of myself.
Will I do it again next year? Definitely! There are other races taking place at the same location that I am interested in doing. The Forge Fest Night Races looks like it will be fun!
The Forge: Lemont Quarries is an adventure park. There are a bunch of activities you can do such as zipline, archery, kayak/canoe, and axe throwing.
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Socks instead of a shirt is a great idea. This race sounds like it was fun and I think you did great.
Looking forward to see what else you have planned. I love reading race posts.
I know. I am over getting shirts because then I rarely keep them.
I did a race there in 2021 – it’s great. It was in January and was super ice so more of an adventure race – LOL. The Forge seems like a fun place to explore, too!
Oh I can imagine the adventure running there on ice!
I am all about run/walk! So glad the race organizers had bug spray for you! Good luck with the end of the year and summer school! I hope it goes well!
Thank you. 4 more days!
Great job on your race! I’m glad it went well for you 😉
Thanks. I am so glad I ended up running the race.
I ran that one a few years ago! I enjoyed it, but the Forge is just too far for me to justify doing it again. I love the idea of socks instead of a shirt.
I know. It is about 20 miles away. That is definitely more than I want to drive for a race. I rarely drive anywhere so I don’t mind it too much.
I like the idea of socks instead of a shirt. Congrats on your race – I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Thanks, Michelle. I don’t want more shirts because I rarely keep them anyway.
I love that they provided insect spray! That’s a touch that shows that the race organizers really have things together!
I thought the same thing.