Race day dawned this morning, pretty much like every morning, with me slamming down coffee and hollering at the kids to eat breakfast and brush their teeth. I wasn’t really nervous about this race, but I sure didn’t know what to expect. The Race Director’s instructions were a little vague: do some sort of distance of 10 and do something with purple. Hmmmmm. Well, alright. As long as it’s for a good cause (which it totally is: The Lupus Foundation of America is dedicated to finding the cause of and cure for lupus, plus they provide services and support for people affected by lupus).
Pre-race living room shot. Sadly, I don’t own any purple running clothes, so I went with its complimentary color. Orange you glad I did? The sparkly headband is making its second virtual race appearance. It was a little bit chilly this morning, hence the arm warmers. Hard to miss me in this outfit, huh?
This was something of an adventure race, being held all over the city at ten different “purple” locations. First stop: Lavender Way.
Next up, Amethyst Way, which was slightly longer (almost a quarter of a mile!) and featured my first spectators. The woman who was out sweeping her front porch wasn’t really sure what to make of me, but her dog woofed his enthusiastic support!
Many thanks to Marcia for hosting this awesome race for the benefit of a terrific charity – GOOD LUCK in Chicago, Marcia!! In fact, good luck to everyone racing this weekend in Chicago, Portland, Kona, or even in your own back yard! I’m really looking forward to all the race reports!