Actually, around here, one would be hard pressed to NOT know about the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Although, I think after their last visit two years ago, things are a little humbly toned down this time.
Our fair city hosted its 5th annual Super Bowl half marathon and 5k. I wasn't sure if I'd do the half this year, what with Dad's passing and all. Didn't really know if I was in the spirit of things. Then I thought, oh pshhhaw. Or something like that. It would probably be therapeutic. I remembered running it last year, just about a month after my mom passed. It was nice. So on Friday, I registered.
There's not a whole lot of focus involved in distance running, so the mind can wander wherever it wants while the feet just carry on with the left, right, left, right, left, right,.. This year, Dad would be at the forefront. I even silently said, "Dad, this probably isn't your thing, but it's going to take me a while, so I'd love to have you come along :)"
And it was nice. I'm really glad I did it.
We had a crap ton of snow earlier in the week, so course conditions were questionable. But the directors assured us that it had been plowed twice and was in "typical winter running" condition.
I wore my regular road shoes, and in hindsight, I probably should've gone with the trail shoes. It was pretty sloppy slushy snowy muddy icy. Quite a few people had yak trax or screw shoes, which were overkill. But my trail shoes, lazing around back home in my closet, would've been handy.
Either way, I had a good time. Temperatures lingered in the 30s, the sun shone the whole time, and the atmosphere was festive as always. All finishers got a medal/bottle opener. Win!
About 650 ran the half-marathon, so it's not quite the big show that Agg does every year. Still, there were nice spectators along the way, and I spotted some fun signage.
- All Toenails Go To Heaven!
- You can do it, Random Stranger!
- I love you, Mom. You're my favorite runner! (Awww....)
- Hurry, Hurry, Omaha! (and other Bronco-esque stuff)
- Run fast, we're Freezing! (at one of the aid stations)
Anyway, the stats:
188th place overall
47th for the ladies
1st for the old ladies
I'm okay with my time, considering all the slipping and sliding and the big puddle that left me with wet socks for the last 4 miles. It's nice to just have finished without having fallen on my face along the way.
And a bonus: announcer pronounced my name correctly at the finish line.