I tossed and turned all night long, turning to look at the clock only to find that a mere 10 or 15 minutes had passed since the last check. Finally giving up, I got up to get dressed. I tried to be quiet, so as not to disturb my still sleeping husband.
Once I was all dressed, I headed down to the kitchen for breakfast. My stomach was churning, full of butterflies and anxiety. But I knew that I should have something in my stomach if I was going to make it through the morning. I gathered my things together, filled my water bottle and got in my car.
Yes, it was full on race day nerves… and I wasn’t even racing.
But I was taking care of the timing for a 10K/5K… and knowing that all those runners would be counting on me to provide them with accurate timing was SCARY!
Let’s back up a little, shall we? My friends Molly and Jimmy started a company, Desert Sky Adventures (DSA). The company does race management, coaching, motivation, etc. They have picked up control of some premier ultra races – Rio Del Lago 100 and Helen Klein Ultra Classic. But the year’s schedule is also filling up with a lot more races around the Las Vegas area, including a series of races for the local Fleet Feet store. And that’s what today’s event was – the first in the Fleet Feet Sports series.
I’m not an owner in DSA, but I am a part of the crew. I take care of the web site and I got the honor of handling timing today… which completely freaked me out! I mean, so many people put soooo much stock in their times. I was terrified that things would go wrong.
But once it was all said and done, the race came off beautifully. Sure, there were a couple of little hitches but I think most things were ironed out. I had the results posted on the web within 2 hours of the race being over, so I pretty much rock compared to other race organizers.
The day has given me a whole new perspective on races and registration, something I’ll post on soon. But for now, I’m tired. I got up early after very little sleep, came home to post race results and then immediately hit the road for a 6.7 mile run when I wasn’t very well fueled or hydrated. I’m in dire need of some groceries and have a ton of laundry in need of washing. Stuff needs to be done!
I’ll leave you with my weekly running pics: