Well, you didn't have to be too crazy to venture out to Verdi this morning for the You've Gotta Be Crazy 5/10K runs. Compared to the few inches of snow last year, and flurries the year before, this morning was downright tropical.
Most of Team Library Dork is either injured or at San Francisco Beer Week, so I had to represent alone. Fortunately, I ran in to honorary Dork Gretchen while registering. She would give me some motivation to run hard, if I wanted to even keep her in sight.
Here are a few milling around photos, and lining up at the start:
My photo skills failed me right after the start - I ended up with a couple pictures of blurry legs which I'll spare you. Serves me right for trying to take pictures on the first, fast downhill. Instead, here's the elevation profile of the course:
After the first downhill and across the bridge, we got to bang out the major uphill. Sorry Gretchen, I've got to include this one - you were powering up that hill.
That was also the closest I got to Gretchen - after the hill and a little bit of flats, she had shot out in front a bit and looked like this:
I couldn't make up any ground, and as the downhill section started, she passed a couple of young runners. Here they are up ahead of me:
Thanks to their short legs, I was able to pass them, although it took all the way to the last turn to the finish. I had to make a final push to end up, according to my watch and the timing board, right at 21:00. Awaiting official results...
Here's the finish line, and Ryan of ActiveReno coming through.
Thanks to the Silver State Striders for putting this race on - always a fun one, whether it snows or not!