There are simply too many Pictures to show….So I will try to limit my comentary and just let the pictures do as much talking as I can. Enjoy the ride!
The oldest participant of the 5K was 94 years young! He came in last, but had a pretty good pep in his shuffle. 94 is really OLD, by they way. I’m hoping I’m able to shuffle that well at 94….or 100….I’ll take living to 100 if I can.
With boredom on my hands, And no Cheryl to shoot endless pictures of, I decided to entertain myself photographing the crowd. There were many different types of people who ran marathons I discovered. This Dash reminded me of the individual movement technique we did in Basic Training. I can only imagine the hand grenades, barbed wire, tracer bullets and explosions it must bring in for realism.
Now here is why I would race. If I know there was a Hershey Bar at the end waiting for me, I’m thinking that would provide just enough motivation for 26 miles. Or 5k….Or a trip across the street to the convenience store….
The first wave came in at such a blur, I barely had time to snap any pictures. I managed to find Cheryl at the half way mark. The Camera failed to focus so many times today I had to delete all the blurry ones.
One of the ONLY pictures of Cheryl that turned out. I DID capture here in a video at the finish….but some guy ran in front of her and stayed there the WHOLE time I was filming…..I was a “little” upset. I only wish I had kept filming a few seconds longer as they called off Cheryl's name. At least I would have had the Audio of her crossing the finish line.
Half way home, we stopped at an A&W in Indianola, Iowa. We used to have one of these by our neighborhood when I was a kid. it had been gone for years and I was curious how much they had changed. Cheryl did not hesitate to stop in.
Hand Made Root Beer! This I have to try! I suddenly remembered how A&W ruined my love of ROOT BEER. They simply made it the BEST EVER! Only in New Ulm Minnesota with Schell's 1919 Root Beer can compare to the smoothness.
It is SMOOTH! Ahhhh The Memories flow back in like a gentle tide. It’s sweet, smooth, soft and wonderfully refreshing. I want to go back! I wanted to have more, but it is probably really bad for me. I can name the moments and the places I have felt this before. Back when a PIZZA HUT first opened up near our home in Michigan and we had a pitcher of A&W Root Beer…..it was the BEST I had ever tasted.
Again, Schell's Brewery in New Ulm, Mn. makes 1919 Root beer. The ONLY Contender. Once you bottle A&W Root Beer in cans or CO2 Fountains, it loses it’s smoothness and stings your nose and bites your tongue. I’m not sure what the CO2 does to it, Or how they make it here…But I would go back just for this beverage! Yes! It is THAT good.
The Race was fun, Cheryl put in her best time ever for a 10 K at 54:33.5 minutes. She was 20 out of 123 women age 40-45. And ranked 365th out of 1381 runners total! She said it was fun and fairly easy. Then again, She has been running over 10K for the last three weeks now. It was little more than a typical workout for her. She now has her eyes set on a half marathon…and then the FULL BLOWN 26 MILES! I’ll be there to cheer her on..and sample the food and Root Beer…..