So, last year I ran a 24 hour ultramarathon. The ultra benefited the 100 Mile Club.
This year they switched gears. Instead of a 24 hour track ultra they blocked out 6 hours for kids to come out and run, and recruited mentors to run with the kids. So, DUH, I volunteered.
The event was rain or shine. It rained.
So I did most of my laps in my rain coat.
The kids were amazing. The 100 Mile Club gets kids to pledge to run at least 100 miles over the course of a school year. Some of the kids I ran with were working toward their hundred still. Some hit it today. Some were getting close to 200 miles. All the kids were so stoked to be out there, and so passionate about running. It was amazing to see. Even better, there were a ton of parents out there, too, getting encouraged by their kids to keep going. So amazing.
I spent three hours out there, getting to know different kids as we ran a half mile loop. I have no idea how far I ran and walked with those kids. I wasn't keeping track. I do know that my rain coat almost soaked through, and the event was called halfway through because the rain was coming down sideways and the wind was threatening to knock the kids over. And yet, until they were pulled off the course, a number of those kids kept running.
Kids are awesome, you guys.
I was parked a ways away from the event, so changing in to dry clothes before walking to my car would have been stupid.
But, hey, I have an Element for a reason.
It's really easy to strip down, dry off, and put on clean clothes in the back.
The drive back home didn't do my legs any favors. I think they're still tired from the tri. Maybe my legs are pussies.