This week has certainly been strange. Combine a shortened week along with no training needed, and it's been very different. Tuesday I certainly had some post-race blues, but I was also exhausted after all that fresh air on Monday. Not only did I have my race, but I was in the press truck for the elite women's race. I ended up zonking for half an hour over my lunch break at work, and then another half-hour nap when I got home. By 5:30, I was finally feeling human again. You do what you gotta do.
Here are my takeaways for the Bolder Boulder:
1) The wave start was awesome. The best part about all the waves is they don't require runners to be in their waves until about 15-20 minutes before their wave starts. Those times are also posted online so runners know when to get there.
2) The residents were awesome. Again, awesome. The residents of Boulder are part of the fun. They're the ones who set up the slip n slides, super soakers, have beer ready, have bacon ready, etc. One even had an above ground pool and was letting runners take a dip before running on.
3) Folsom Stadium. The crowd is amazing, and loud, at Folsom, cheering on the runners. I wanted to make sure I could enjoy it, which is why I walked up the hill to the stadium.
4) One thing I'll knock the race on, post-finish line, is we had to keep walking to get cups of water and Nuun, and then into the CU field house to get our post-race goodies, which was stuffy and the lines weren't moving quickly. I will give good points to getting bottled water with our goodie bag, which also turned out to be a lunch bag. I ended up missing the last water station before turning on to Folsom since I was on the opposite side of the road, and I didn't have the energy to make my way over there. All I wanted was water.
5) People watching. You think Disney is the only race with costumes? Come to Boulder. I saw Wizard of Oz costumes, beer costumes, t-rex runners, Forrest Gump, and the ever present banana costumes. I even passed a banana runner at some point.
While there's no medal for the race, the photos are free. I'm waiting for them to be posted, but the race was only on Monday, and photos are said to be available 5 business days after the event, on average.
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