Lately I’ve been signing up for races on the fly. It’s so unlike me! Last week, Julie had messaged me about doing the Oskar Blues 4-miler on Saturday. It hadn’t even crossed my mind, but the forecast was looking decent and I thought it would be a lot of fun (maybe a new favorite distance for me?) to run and also meet Julie in person! (By the way, she’s even nicer in person. And she’s an excellent runner!) So I signed up on Wednesday, I believe. The deadline was midnight Friday, so I was almost cutting it close.
Let’s fast forward to Saturday morning. My Garmin led the way, but I was distracted by my music playing and missed turns several times. (The brewery really is fairly simple to get to, and it was about 45 minutes from my house.) I got in line to get my bib number and met Julie in line. They ran out of race packets right before I got to the table, but I did get a race shirt and was all set to go. I do have to admit that I was slightly disappointed in the race shirt. A friend of mine agreed with me. The shirt is a nice quality and will be good for training, but the front just says “Pisgah Running” – the group that helped organize the race, I think. I would have expected at least the race logo on the front of the shirt.
We met up with another friend and her friends, stretched and before we knew it, it was time to run! Someone sang a great rendition of the national anthem and then we turned around and were off. I don’t remember anyone counting down to the start – we just ran. It was a tad weird.
Mile 1 was quick. For me, at least (and later I found out, it was fast for Julie, too.) I think I was just disoriented from the start and taking off. Also, there was a lot of green, since this race was technically St. Patrick’s Day weekend. I love when people get into holiday spirits and dress the part in races!
Towards the end of mile 2, I told Julie that if she needed to go ahead, do so. I didn’t want to hold her back! There was one hill towards the end of the second mile.
And what goes up, must come down.
Mile 3 was pretty. I felt like I was maintaining a decent pace, I wasn’t hurting, and I probably could have pushed a little harder. I even saw these fly fishermen in the river. (Look hard. The trees were blocking the view a bit.)
The area really was (mostly) pretty. And flat. One of the flatter courses I think you can find in western North Carolina, home to all. the. mountains. I enjoyed looking at the horses, this church (which I saw twice – the first time, I couldn’t snag a decent photo) and some of the older houses. I started thinking about what these buildings looked like years ago when they were probably in their prime.
I finished pretty hard, as one guy FLEW past me! He had way more left at the end. Or maybe he just wanted a beer?
My RunKeeper app showed I finished in 39:10 and had run 4.3 miles. I think I did do a bit of weaving, and also there wasn’t a start “line” so I started my app when I started running.
The post-race festivities were pretty fun. Everyone (of age) received a beer. Lucky for
me my husband, they were in cans and I could take it home for him. There were a couple of vendors selling lunch, and I know there were a few other things that were going to be taking place, but I was a little anxious to get home. I think I left around noon.
Winners won these mugs (Photo credit: Julie)
It was a good race! It was well organized, the packet pick-up was easy (even though they ran out of “packets”) and there was one water station on the course at mile 2. The course even had a few spectators, and that was encouraging. It was well marked, and the volunteers were really great. I’m definitely keeping this in mind for next year!