- Preparation is key. Lay out all your equipment the evening before.
- Best to leave the hunt for safety pins till the very last minute, though.
- You can run faster than you think. Break away earlier and run a little faster.
- Only after starting a little slower, though. I was overtaken by just about everybody as the field dashed off downhill, but soon started passing people.
- Adrenalin will push you on.
- Tie your laces.
Things I loved about my first race
- The ladies who put their chairs up front to cheer on people they didn't even know
- PBJ afterwards!
- Meeting and chatting with great fellow runners
- Finishing respectably: 19th place, 3rd in division, just over 34 minutes. Considering there was an 8% grade for almost a mile (yikes!) I was pretty pleased. But I will do better in the next one!
- The fact that 3rd in Division sounds a lot better if you don't know that there were only five women in my age group
- The view from the top of the dam
- The cops cheering us on from their truck
- The people in Grand Coulee being, without exception, the nicest, friendliest people I have ever met
- Seeing Phil stand up to meet me as I rounded the finish line
Heading to the starting line
Things I will not eat the night before my next road race
- Chinese food reminiscent of that served in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, sometime in the mid-seventies.
Animals we saw by beautiful Banks Lake:
- Canada geese
- Black-billed magpies
- One very small trout
- One small field mouse, trapped under the bed
- One deer (dead).
What I did when I got home
- Registered for more races.