|Feeling confident/cold before the race.|
|Waiting impatiently for the race to begin|
The race got started a few minutes late, which isn't a huge deal (although it was becoming one as we were standing out in the snow). We took off and headed away from civilization. I'd love to say I ran Mount Pleasant but that would not be accurate. I ran on unpaved roads near farms in Union Charter Township. It turns out that place is a sh*thole. Literally. It reeked of animal waste.
|And we're off!|
I have never felt so unsafe in a race. The roads were not blocked off, and they were snowy. At one point I was running (with just a few other runners) on a paved back road, and cars were whizzing by. The directional signs were also white and snow-covered making it difficult to figure out the direction of the course.
|Sprinting to the finish - the only time I've ever run in the opposite direction of Target.|
|Relieved to cross the finish line.|
|Striking a pose at Central Michigan University's football stadium|
|The medal was literally the best part|