Race Review: Sea Legs Shuffle 10 Miler

I almost forgot to post a race review for our most recent race. Last weekend we did the Sea Legs Shuffle 10 miler in Guilford. I never would have signed up for a 10 mile race in AUGUST if it had not been part of the race series were are doing. I HATE running in the heat. But, we lucked out – kind of. It was cool (I’d guess low 70s), but it rained the ENTIRE race. And when I say rained, I mean poured. And when I say poured, I mean torrential downpours almost the whole time. Egads!

Despite the weather, we really enjoyed this race. J picked up our race packets in advance, so we were able to sleep in a little later and got there around 7:15 am (for an 8 am start). Plenty of time to park (we were smart and were able to park right near the exit – paid off later!), use the port-o-potties, and wander around for a bit.

The race started on a road that runs alongside the Guilford Fairgrounds, where race headquarters was set up. We then ran through the fairgrounds – which mean about 1/3 mile or so through mud puddles. The rest of the race was run on roads on the Guilford shoreline, through marshes and some right along the beach. The sections along the beach were very windy – I had to hold onto my hat to keep it from flying off my head!

The route was really nice, and volunteer, police, and spectator support was great – especially considering the weather! It was hillier than I had anticipated or been ready for, so I walked some of the hills. I ended up talking to two other women who were around my pace and also walking the hillier parts. They were both really nice – one training for her first marathon (well, second, but she didn’t finish her first attempt) and one training for her first half marathon, the same one I’m running in October. Those conversations helped to pass the time, although I ended up leaving them behind after a bit.

I was pretty slow this race, and finished almost at the end, but whatever. How many people can run 10 miles? Even if I’m slow, I did it and that’s all that matters. J had a great race and finished with a good time. He normally hates running in the rain, but he said he got used to it and it wasn’t as bad as he had anticipated.

I should have taken pics of us after the race – soaked to the bone! It was not a pretty sight. I’ll take chilly and rainy over typical August heat and humidity, though. Fun race. Not sure I’ll do it again, but I’m glad we ran it.

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