In Aiken, Jordan and Keebler were completing their first recognized training level event together. They had a successful day, adding just one rail to their dressage score and, according to Cyndi, almost getting speed faults xc.
I had a lovely hack, hill canter, couple of logs ride on Keegan today, enjoying the warm weather. It was the first time I've used fly spray in 2014. I felt good, although the legs still felt a little heavy. This resulted from my first multiple marathon adventure.
From last Saturday through Wednesday, I completed the Mainly Marathons Riverboat Series. This consisted of doing 5 marathons in 5 days in 5 states, a total of 131 miles of marathons plus 1400 miles of driving.
Friday, I flew down from Philadelphia to Nashville. I considered it an auspicious sign that my rental car was a VW Jetta with Michigan plates. I drove to Mayfield, KY and checked in at the Wingfield Inn, then hit a CVS for the last of the needed supplies for the week. I sorted gear into a few different bags and pop-up laundry baskets for ease of organization during the week. I went out to check out the site and then had dinner and headed back to the hotel, where I met my roomies for the week, Chavet Breslin and her mom Alexis Milosc. We hit the sack fairly early, ready for the adventure to begin.
Day one was at Columbus-Belmont State Park. As for all of these events, the course was a fairly short loop (in this case a figure 8 type loop) so that we passed the start/finish/support area frequently. At each pass, we collected a rubber band. This course had a first loop on asphalt trail (with some hills) and a second loop on dirt/grass trail that was more of a traditional single track trail, although not too technical (photo credit Cynthia Tanzi).
Major props to Clint Burleson and his team/family for putting on these races. They were super organized and very well supported. While many runners did all 5 races, several others did 1-4 and volunteered at the ones that they didn't run. Alexis planned to do her first half marathon ever on day 4. She ended up doing the full marathon and I think we may have another addict. She supported us at the other 4 races. Chavet will be doing the Keys 100 in less than a month. Eddie Vega is working on 50 full marathons Barefoot! in a single year and ran again today (as did at least a few of the others) at the Kentucky Derby Marathon. Sabra Kurth did both running and volunteering and several who did half marathons stayed the rest of the day volunteering. It is another one of those groups that one is proud to be a part of (and can't quite believe one is). Following the final event, I got in the car for the long drive back to Nashville and a nice night at a bed and breakfast there before heading home in the morning. I assembled the medal when I got home - most excellent swag!