|Terry and I before the race, the DBRC twins|
|Look closely for the hydration pack, you'll see |
I'm not exaggerating about being dead last
As the music faded, anther sound became noticeable: thunder. I could see some nasty looking clouds to the west and watched the lightning as the storm rolled in. Eventually I turned east and it was rather eerie listening to the thunder grow closer behind me without being able to watch the clouds. I started to catch up to another runner right about the time it started to rain and we ran along together for a while talking until the wind picked up and the heavy stuff started to fall. When the storm intensified I pushed the pace a little. The heavy rain and strong wind stung my skin but I wasn't too worried. Last year I had gone running with Connie and we were caught in a similar storm. I had made it through that when we didn't have anywhere to take shelter, but here if I got concerned I could get a ride with the race volunteers. My clothes were completely soaked by the down pour and the leading edge of the storm had some impressive lightning.
As the rain started to let up I was expecting some more fireworks on the trailing edge of the storm and I was not let down. I was passing what looked to be a radio tower as it was struck by lightning. I'm guessing I was less then a quarter of a mile away when it happened. Just a couple minutes after that a van pulled up beside me and stopped. I gave the thumbs up sign and continued on only for it to pull up along side me again with the window rolled down. The volunteer said they were pulling everyone from the course because of the lightning. I wanted to continue, but would have been on my own for the rest of the race. I decided to take the ride back. Even though I was disappointed, I could see that this was the right decision to make after seeing the lightning strike so close to me. I rode back to the starting area and found Erin who was waiting in the car.
After changing out of my soaked clothes we went to the lakes cafe for breakfast. I had some pancakes and bacon while she had cheesy hash browns with toast and bacon. The food was very good. After breakfast we headed home.
Later in the day Erin's twin sister, Elisa, delivered her baby, our first niece. Emily Rae Eastburn, 6 pounds 13 ounces. I think I'll concede to Elisa I had the easier day today.