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My wife and I decided to run this small rural 10k just thirty miles out in the country from our home. Right from the start so many things went wrong that I'm still mad just writing about it.<br>
First of all, how can they go and schedule a 10k race just seven days after a major local marathon? Don't the organizers know some of us will still be sore? My right quad is still deep down sore and my hip is still hurting and they expect me to come here and race? The other thing is many of us get hay fever in June and it's unfair to make us race around all these lush green pastures.<br><br>
We got into Enosburg Falls at 8AM and waited on a short line to register but the race director left a carton of race numbers back at his house, so instead of waiting for him we got back in our car and drove part of the course. When we got back the director was there with the numbers but they had already run out of tee shirts. Only 100 runners and they don't have enough shirts? Jeesh! The only porta potties around were already full from the carnival they were having in the small town square as part of the annual dairy festival. I don't mean the potties were full as in people on line, I mean they were full. It was just offal. Then we had to hike a whole .25 mile all the way to the starting line. The weather was oppressive; in the 70's and very humid. The air was still and damp and the smell of cow manure permeated everything. When the race director fired the starting gun it was so loud I think it caused permanent damage to my right eardrum. We started off up a small hill and turned left onto a dirt road and passed a large dairy farm. The pace vehicle in front of us was actually a tractor with a trailer full of liquid cow manure. He soon turned off into a field and started spraying the liquid manure onto the dirt. Yuck! Then came the hills. They were so big I almost ended up walking up one at mile two. The mile markers were all screwed up. Mile 1 I did in 6:38, mile two in 8:58. And the water stops were a joke. They used plastic cups instead of paper and there was too much water in them. The cups were so heavy they hurt my wrist and I almost gagged on all that water. The hills kept on coming. Finally a left turn and a long downhill. But the road was loose and packed gravel! It really hurt my feet and got my new Mizunos all dusty. Over a bridge and onto the "main" road for the last 3 rolling miles to the finish back in town. Mile 3 in 8:55, mile 4 uphill in 6:56. Silly innaccurate markers! Another water stop and another damn heavy full plastic cup. Gulp, gulp, gag! I was really feeling the heat and the hills and had all I could do to just keep going. Finally one last turn and .25 mile down a small hill to the finish. Time = 50:00. No way. That's 5:24 over my PR. I haven't run a 10k that slow since 1999. I was very happy that a volunteer handed me an ice pop at the finish but I noticed that all the ice had melted and all that was left was the stick. It had the number 23 written on it. The next volunteer immediately grabbed the ice pop stick from me and ripped off the bottom of my race number. My wife finished a few minutes later in 56 and change, not a PR but good enough for 2nd in her age group. She got a nice trophy. I think the trophy idea is ridiculous. It smacks of elitism to only give out trophies to some people. They should give them to everybody!<br><br>
Here are the other things that were terrible about this race. Out on the rural roads there were big stretches with no spectators. And there were no bands or cheerleaders on the course. How can you put on a race and not have any bands or cheerleaders on the course? At the finish line there was only Powerade and fresh watermelon. No coffee or Ben and Jerry's. No massages. It wasn't even a chip race. The only chips were the ones I stepped in.<br><br>
I think I could have done better if I had trained specifically for a shorter distance instead of concentrating on the marathon. Maybe in the fall when it's cooler I can find a flat course that is fair, then I can go for a PR.<br><br>
Here's a profile of the course I downloaded from my Garmin:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://drawapig.desktopcreatures.com/gallery/2007/6/3/1466800.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Sorry to laugh at your misery - But Ha!<br><br>
Sounded almost comical<br><br>
I have very low expectations of small races - its sounded ok to me - A bit better if there was beer.
 

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OMG i just laughed my ass off at your expense. That whole race seems like a disaster from top to bottom. Especially the ice pop at the end <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> I like rural road races, but that is just me. I ran 50 miles last week thru rural farm land and have done a bunch of small, rural marathons. Guess it just depends on each runner's personality.<br>
That cow poop pace truck is disgusting!!
 

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<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Absolutely hilarious you old curmudgeon! I laughed so hard I almost asploded. I am glad you had a good time and that the Wu Tang won a trophy!<br><br>
Your *garmin* chart is hysterical!! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Wu! I should have gone!! But I didn't feel like driving 4 hours to run for 1. Good thing I didn't. Your profile of the course is wonderful! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Pfffft, you've ruined it. They probably just thought, 'Wow, that Ilene is sure unsympathetic, the big meanie!'<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Y'all can still edit your posts for the folks who haven't read it yet...<i>I'm just sayin</i>
 

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You poor, poor thing. Was the race your idea, or your wife's? If it was hers, I think she should have to give you her hardware. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Actually I really was serious but only said I wasn't then you started laughing at my misfortune and now I'm very upset.
 

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A+ report. Fo sho...especially the "offal" smelling carney rooms.<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Hilarious, and I'm laughing <b>AT</b> you Wu, not <b>WITH</b> you! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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{{{{Doctor Wu}}}}} <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I'm sowwy.......<br><br>
no, I'm not! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Hillfcukinglarious!!!!!<br><br>
Ooops. I mean great RR and congrats on running a tough race.<br><br>
Hahahahaha...Ooops, sorry. <span style="font-size:xx-small;">teeheeteehee</span><br><br>
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Hi Ilene!<br><br>
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