The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy took a trip to Nashville TN this weekend to run in the Music City Marathon. Spurred on by the insanity of a good friend Comedian and author Jeff Allen we ran today for Gilda’s Club.
We had started training in December, (you can see a complete list of my training runs on the Music City Marathon page) The first day I couldn’t run a full mile with of collapsing into a wheezing pile.
We started by getting up at 4;45 am to go to LP stadium and park. The plan was to get there early, ride the shuttle to the start at Centennial Park. Then go over to PF Chang’s and meet up with the res of Gilda’s Gang for photos and get into the starting line. We got into a huge traffic jam at the parking for the stadium and made the start line just as the elite runners were beginning. No big deal. Jeff and I had planned on finishing somewhere between 5 and 5 and a half hours. My thought was that the Kenyan guy expected to win would be finished, showered and on a flight back home before we crossed the line.
It took us almost thirty-five minutes to get to the start line. NO problem since we had computer tags to tell or exact start time
We run well but were prevented by race officials from finishing. More problems were on the horizon with a serious storm front moving towards Nashville. A contingency plan was made by race organizers to cut full marathon runners off at projected 4:30 min finish times. When we got to the 11 mile mark at 2 hours and 15 minutes we were directed to finish the half marathon run. This was fortuitous as by the time we got to the parking lot there was serious lighting and rain.
In all this was a great experience. I lost somewhere between 25 and 30 pounds. I got back in to semi good physical condition at the age of 57. Best of all Jeff and I raised close to $4000 for Gilda! When’s the next race?