Nevermind how crabby I look in this photo (I like to believe that I was thinking to myself "That's MS. Captain!"), I was having such a blast from the time I woke at 3:30am (a bit before my alarm was set to go off) until I finally crashed back in bed around midnight.
I am STILL on a happy high ever since Saturday's trail relay up-north. I'd do one every weekend if I could. Perhaps next year I would consider doing the Dances With Dirt relay in Hell, MI, though it would likely mean not doing the Old Boys' Brewhouse Oktoberfest Marathon, as they are only a week apart. That's probably biting-off a bit too much.
This is my only "action" shot...uh...yeah, I have a massive spare tire going on. Ugh. So need to get that under control. It looks like all 6 members of our team want in again for '10, so it will be interesting to see how much we can improve in a year.
My #1 goal is to drop my nagging extra 20#s that have been dogging me ever since I started running. That could spell as much as a minute/mile pace increase. Being able to run faster will also allow me to run more miles in the time I have...more miles = more speed, too. And less wear-and-tear on my joints.
But, perhaps most importantly, race photos that don't make me cringe. There was not a single "official" photo from Bayshore that didn't embarrass me. I'd love to have the dilemma of so many flattering photos of a skinny, toned bod that I can't pick just one...
Plus I'd like a new running skirt or two in the next year, but I refuse to buy my current size. 20#s should net me at least one size smaller.
Here's the good-looking group of people who shared the ~78 miles with me on Saturday. I wish I could run with this group every week...especially with beer and a cookout at the end of the run!
More photos from the day can be found HERE. Eventually I hope to have some video to share, too. Heather brought a nifty little videocamera, so there are several video clips from the race. Team HTFU! needs its own YouTube page.