Stress Free Race!

Sharon and me at the finish line of the Ghost Train Trail race

Saturday night, Sharon texted me, if I wanted to still do the race. Knowing she was nervous, I convinced her to do it. Sunday, started stressful with my Atomic clock falling back automatically. Luckily, I woke up to hear the knock on the door, which was Sharon ready to drive us to the race. While I got dressed, she got my tea and bagel ready to eat in the car. She was already stressed about the race because this will be the farthest she has ever run. I was stressed out about the clock and waking up late. But she came prepared with yoga music CD to relax us. We got to the race start with plenty of time to be ready to do the usual pre-race stuff. Race organizers, the runners were relaxed and in a great mood. The weather was cloudy and in the 50s, which is perfect for distance running. As we all chatted at the race start on the trail, the race director blew the train whistle. Almost at the turn around, Sharon said thank you to me for pushing her to do the race and we need to celebrate after the race.

As you are running the race, everyone is cheering you on as you cheer the other runners (100 mile and 15 mile). There was no battle of place with other runners and beautiful scenery. So there was no t-shirts, no race clock and no chipped time, but you are there to challenge your mind and body. Sharon and I did celebrate with a Margarita. What made the race fun was to run with friend who wanted to do something different. We know we will do this race again and bring back our other running friends.

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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