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This is a cross country race in a small town about 25 miles south of Omaha. All division winners take home a pumpkin pie. My husband and I were both running this race.<br><br>
Start time was 9:00 a.m. so we headed out at about 7:40. After getting slightly lost once we got to town, we arrived at the starting point at about 8:15. We were confused because this was a city park and there was no one in sight. We drove around a little bit, thinking maybe there was another section of the park where the race would be held. Upon driving back to the main entrance we noticed someone else pulling up in a van. We discovered that it was the race director and that there were very few people signed up to run this race: 7 to be exact. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"><br><br>
We had a little time before the race start so we drove into the main drag and bought the kids a donut at the local bakery. (The kids said it was the best donut they ever had - can't beat a small-town bakery, I guess.) We drove back to the park and did a warmup jog before start time while the kids played on the playground. I was nervous about getting lost because the course was not well marked and I couldn’t follow the verbal directions to “go around the horseshoes, then between the two baseball diamonds on the first lap…”. I knew there wasn’t going to be a pack for me to follow and I might well come in dead last.<br><br>
I started out with a guy, probably about my age, running with his daughter. I was surprised to discover that my pace was a little faster than theirs so I pulled away and ran the rest of the race by myself. (My husband ran the entire way with two other guys). On the first lap there were two places where I missed the correct turn but quickly found my way back on course. The next two laps were uneventful except that the wind seemed to be picking up and I was really noticing how much harder it is to run on rough terrain than on the roads. Fortunately the finishing stretch was with the wind. My finish time was 35:28 and my Garmin said the distance was 3.58 miles. (Not quite the 6K that it was supposed to be, but my husband’s Garmin said 3.6, and he didn’t take any wrong turns).<br><br>
I was the first of two women to cross the line. (My husband was the first of 5 men to cross the line, with a time of 30:02). We ended the morning with 2 pumpkin pies, two ribbons and two medals (one of each, I mean). All in all, not a bad morning. I was satisfied with my race, considering that I averaged 9:54 miles on rough terrain, not to mention this was the first cross country race I’ve run in 25 years. (That said, I know next week’s race, the Living History Farms Off-Road Race, is going to be punishing. It’s about twice as far and the terrain is even rougher).<br><br>
Quick post script about the race: this was the first of what the RD wants to make an annual event. It was a little haphazardly organized and not well-attended. But I had a great time, and the t-shirt is really cool. I would definitely run it again next year, and if I had any running friends I'd bring them along. (I would imagine that the RD has learned some things and next year will be better organized).<br><br>
It turns out my kids did actually take a couple pictures of me, (in addition to the ones they took of themselves):<br><img alt="" src="http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p148/mbelongia/Pierun2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p148/mbelongia/Pierun1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Hey, good job Marie! Great photos too. I can't wait to hear how your next trail run goes. Verbal instructions are pretty much worthless when it's an area in which you aren't familiar. At least for me they are worthless. Glad you didn't get TOO lost.
 

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Hey Runnin - great job! I love XC races even if they are slower time wise. It makes the speedsters a little slower and mudders like me have a chance. I see you are from Omaha. I used to make sales calls in Omaha. I really liked the city; very comfortable to me.<br><br>
great pics; thanks for sharing<br><br>
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Good job Marie, I enjoyed reading your report. Pies, medal, ribbons, t-shirts, you guys came away with all the loot. Congrats on the first place overall woman too. Good luck next week.<br><br>
On another, less interesting note, how far are you from a little town called Roca? I believe it may be a suburb of Lincoln. I've been working with an architect from Roca on a little project out here.
 

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what a fun small little race Marie! I'm with you on the directions - I need a pack to follow, or I zone out and would just be running haphazardly whereever my feet would take me. Congratulations on a real sweet time and all the loot you get to take home.
 

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Marie, I forgot to tell you, that first picture is great, excellent form.<br>
Put it up on the wall.
 

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Johnny, I had to look it up on the map...it's a tiny little town. It looks like it's about 75 miles from me. Obviously, I've never been there. But I've been on the main highway that runs closest...can't say I remember seeing signs to Roca, though. It's a small world, isn't it?<br><br>
Edited to add, the photo is a humdinger, thanks to my daughter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> She did good.
 

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Woohooo, congrats to both of you! Medals, ribbons. AND pies PUMPKIN EVEN<br>
I'd say that was a wonderful day<br>
Your kids took some pretty good pictures too<br>
This will be a good warmup for next week<br>
Thanks for the report.<br>
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Awesome! a sweep for you and hubby! congratulations.<br><br>
So do you think you're getting bit by the trail bug? It's an addiction that is almost impossible to break for most of us.
 

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Nice goin' runinb! I'm in agreement with John: your running form looks great in those pics.<br><br>
Do you put whipped cream on your pumpkin pies? I think the reason I like pumpkin pie is because I smother it in <i>SO</i> much whipped cream! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Yes, agreed, agreed! Your posture is perfect, runinAHEAD! Beauty photos.<br><br>
(So much for my advice on the sunglasses, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> I think I'm now 0/2 this weekend.)<br><br>
So appropriate for KickMasters to win <i>pie</i>! I wonder if your kids realize how lucky they are to have runin' Mom and Dad.
 

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Nice Running! The event sounds like it was fun, too bad there weren't more people running though. Verbal instructions, boy I'd be in trouble..<br><br>
Congrats on the win!
 

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Nice racing, Marie! Congratulations to you and DH. It's hard to beat pie.<br><br>
Those photos are awesome. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cool">
 

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Hippo, you're right on. I actually started running in HS as a cross-country runner. I loved it, but I suffered from nerves terribly. (It took me years to understand why they call recreational races "fun runs" because I didn't see any race as fun). I also was nearly the slowest runner on my team, with a best time of 14:3X for a 2 mile race. I didn't consider myself much of a runner. Now that 25 years have passed, I'm looking back on my early running in a different light. I will be looking for more cross-country type races to run...go back to my roots, so to speak.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Any die that involves pie is a great day. Nice run and report. It sure sounded like a fun time. I've read about the living history farms race and it sounds like a blast as well. Have a great time.
 
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