Last week J and I drove up for an overnight trip to St. Louis.
We had a great time and have the pictures to prove it but came back to a disaster zone at home.
Something bit through the electrical cord to the washer as well as the water lines causing 2 to 3 inches of flooding throughout the entire first floor of our house on post. No bueno. Luckily, my friends stopped in to check on Rico. He was terrified and I’m told was doing something along the lines of this when he was found.
By the time we got home, emergency maintenance had been called, and the water had been sucked out of the house. The next day everything was damp and smelled a little off but once we get our washer and dryer replaced it should be OK? I’m hoping it is anyway. The damage was restricted to the first floor and all my boots and J’s electronics are OK for the most part. The boots are safe! Got to revel in the little things.
Anyway, home tragedies aside our St. Louis trip was sparked by an entry to The Ugly Sweater Run and my realization that I was just one race short of completing 13 races in 2013. With nothing else happening in the area for the rest of the month I had to jump on the chance.
We left for St. Louis super early on little sleep. For some reason I never leave for races well-rested. It rained the entire second half of our trip up but managed to stop pouring just before race start. And then it started drizzling again, Figures.
It was that annoying kind of drizzling that I don’t remember ever having in Florida. The kind that’s constant enough to get you wet eventually but not fast enough to really soak you quickly. Yeah. That kind. It drizzled throughout the entire race which coupled with sub-30 temps wasn’t too much fun. I did PR though with a 26:06. Probably because I couldn’t wait to get out of the rain, but also because J was running ahead of me the entire time.
The race was organized well. There were hot chocolate stations throughout the course and at the finish line as well as Angry Orchard.
That always makes a race better in my book. I even appreciated the knit hat in place of yet another race T-shirt. I could have done without the puddles but you can’t control Mother Nature I guess.
Overall I’d do this one again with better weather. There were snow machines on the course which would have been so much fun had it not been raining! Maybe next year?
Disclosure: The Ugly Sweater Run provided me with an entry in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever done an Ugly Sweater Run?