Tuesday, April 15, 2014

brew to brew 2014 - we run because we can

Us at the start, with our free beers

I spent last Sunday running in my second Brew to Brew relay run, and this year I recruited two of my favorite people to join our team.  This also wound up being my first organized run since I turned 40.  And I have to say, for a bunch of old people, we held our own.

Mad man #1 who held a 8:30 pace for 4.7 miles

I've run a lot of races at this point in my running career, but the Brew to Brew from The Boulevard Brewing Company in downtown Kansas City out to Free State Brewery in Lawrence, Kansas is one of my favorites.  I know I talk about what a great group runners are...but this run really does back up that statement.  This race it also is a true testament that no matter what kind of runner you are, just getting out there and doing it is all that matters.

We were definitely a team of many different level runners, from the slow to my ringers who crushed 8 minute miles, up hill no less.  But we all put our feet to the pavement and got each of our legs done whether it was 2.3 miles or almost 10 miles for our two female warriors who ran two legs each.  I told you we got at it.

Mad man #2 who held a 8:30 pace for 3.2 miles, 2 of which
were monster hills

This year I ran a 4.7 mile leg which included the following:

  • 1 dead opossum 
Me after 4.7 miles
  • Briefly running along side some of the ladies run/walking all 44 miles on their own.  And trust me when I say it doesn't take a super fit, lifelong athlete to get 44 miles done. It may have taken them 11 hours, but they finished.
  • Being passed by too many boys to remember.  But I did manage to pull off passing 7 people myself, one of which was a boy!
  • 1 really cool house that I think was completely abandoned and possibly haunted.
  • 1 cemetery
  • 1 house with some very Duck Dynasty action happening
  • Climbing down a very steep embankment and getting in a boat to cross Stranger Creek and then climbing back up the other mud covered side.  Thanks to the water rescue unit of Leavenworth county for spending your Sunday getting us crazies to the other side.
  • A husband and good friend at my finish point

Our two crazy finishers.  This was their second leg each.

I know running doesn't make sense to a lot of people.  But I've got the bug.  And so do all those other runners that were out there Sunday.  We run because it makes us feel like we accomplish something.  It clears the lungs and the brain.  It makes us feel strong.  It makes us feel like we can do anything.  But I think most of all, we run because we can.

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