Sunday, May 25, 2014

Trout, Wine, and Roosters.... Oh My!

If the title of this post makes no sense, don't worry.  Keep reading and it will.  Promise!  We have neglected our blogging responsibilities as of lately, so we are here to catch up on everything.  Hopefully.  We have had three races in the past three weeks, so hold on and here we go!

Mrs. Marathon battling the raging river!
Trout-n-About is the first of these three races in the past three weeks.  This race was on May 10 at a local trail.  It was a fun run through trails and a river (yes, like a real river!) that benefited the Trout in the Classroom program in our local schools.  Tons of fun, good cause, and nice people.  Not to mention that Mr. Marathon placed 2nd overall.  Not too shabby, huh?!  Even after taking two weeks off, he's still got it.  But wait!  There's more!

Mr. Marathon showing off his fishy trophy
The second race in the past three weeks was the Shelton Vineyards Running the Vines 10K on May 17.  This is the third year I have done this 10K and the second year for Mr. Marathon.  It is a beautiful, scenic course that is not too challenging on the first half, but it'll give you a run for your money on the second half.  Despite its rural odor (ahem, cow poop) the rolling hills with vineyards give it a nice backdrop, regardless.  Oh, and Mr. Marathon placed 1st in his age group!  But wait!  THERE'S MORE!
The rural landscape... we'll spare you the cow poop smell though

Running through the finishing chute full of vines

1st place medal!

The third race in the past three weeks occurred today!  This was Mr. Marathon's time to shine, I decided, because I didn't want to run faster than him.... psych!  I was too "chicken" to run the Rooster Walk Tuff Strutter 5K this morning.

This race has a notorious reputation of being an extremely challenging trail race with lots of ups and downs, all equally difficult.  The uphills gave you a workout, while on the downhills you were on the lookout!  Loose rocks and other nature-y things were all over the place!  One of Mr. Marathon's friends decided the downhills looked so fun that he wanted to tumble down a hill!  But he said it was an accident... who woulda thunk that?  Regardless, it had plenty of rough terrain to maneuver.  Despite it being the toughest trail run on the east coast, the scenery was beautiful, but hard to focus on since you were mostly focused on your foot placement.  Mr. Marathon took off in the front of the pack and maintained his place throughout the course despite him thinking in the back of his head the entire time that someone was right behind him.  He came out on top in FIRST PLACE OVERALL because he was "burning up the course" figuratively, not literally.... we don't want any forest fires!  A few spectators were commenting on his exquisite performance and said that.  Which makes sense, considering the second and third place overall winners came in about three minutes later!  Apparently, no one was right behind him after all.  But he claims it sure did feel like it.  Whatever he thought, it worked!

catch-up... ketchup...
get it?

Whew, that was a lot of catch-up!  We have a few races coming up in June that we are looking forward to, so keep on the lookout!  Hopefully we won't be running too WILD.....

June 7!

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