CONNECTICUT!!! NUMBER 7!
So...Connecticut was super fun!!! I flew out on Friday 09/27/2013 in the morning. I had arranged to have the day off of work and I took an early flight so that Brian could just drop me at the airport on his way to work. That worked out well; I just had a couple of hours to kill at the airport, so I brought a book and had Starbucks!!! Jan (friend of 35 years) picked me up at the airport right away and we ran to her old lake house to check on a new lodge that she is building for the new owner, got a sandwich on were our way out of Otis and headed to the new lake house on Goose Pond. The new house is beautiful, we had gorgeous weather and we even went to see her chiropractor who adjusted me and I adjusted him the afternoon before the race. Jan and I figured out when we needed to leave in the morning and she made cold sesame noodles for dinner, SO GOOD!!! Jan is an excellent cook! I haven't had them since I left New York City in the 80's. I got up at about 5am and showered, ate some oatmeal and was fully ready and she wasn't even up yet, so I woke her and we were on our way in about 30 minutes. We were super early and snagged a primo parking spot! I chilled and stretched and went to the potty 2-3 times and lined up to start, it was supposed to be at 9am, but was delayed about 10 minutes. We ran along the river, the leaves were just changing and there were fly fishermen in the water with the mist rising off the water and the sun behind them. It was quite breath taking and the temperature was 50's so perfect for running. That part of the course was mostly flat with some slight uphill grade but more downhill. We crossed over the river and the grade started to be more uphill than anything. It was gradual at first and increasing as we got into the 8-9 mile area. There were plenty of water stations, but I didn't stop at any of them. I helped a female runner up a hill at 8-9; just put my hand in the middle her back and gave her 5%; she made it up the hill and thanked me later when we were enjoying the food after the race. I lost a water bottle somewhere in the last half of the race; I have to remember to put the empty bottles in the back pockets, I tend to hit them with my hands and when they are empty and they come flying out. I have extras, I go through them! At mile 12 we started a big hill that was probably 3/4 of a mile long; I just put my head down and trudged along. At the top of the hill we took a left turn and r
an across the top of the dam to the finish line. My time was 01:58:44, 159 of 348 runners, 2nd in my AG (of course). It was super fun and I had no real problems other than being slow from sightseeing! Another state done!!!