I fixed my computer. It was much easier than I thought it would be.
Swags Sport Shoes joined as a sponsor of the run this summer! From my Facebook post, “Swags Sport Shoes has joined the list of supporters for the Run. I go to his shop off of 3rd Street Road. Swag is a great advocate for running in Louisville. His store is a running landmark. Norton's KDF Training group meets at his store many Saturdays leading up to the KDF races. Swags also has a regular group that trains year round. There is also a store on Westport Road. If you go to either shop, thank them for supporting Run Across Kentucky.”
Tomorrow (Tuesday May 6, 6pm at Fleet Feet) is the meeting for RunPossible (www.runpossible.sweatysheep.com). Amy and I will be attending.
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I finished the Flying Pig Marathon on Sunday. It started as a nearly perfect morning for running. Every city that has a marathon that seeks community support needs to talk to the Race director and organizers of Flying Pig. The locals lined the streets and were loud. Even the marathon course had regular spectators. The official entertainment is frequent, but the families and neighborhoods create several entertainment stops throughout the race. At times I felt like I was running through a block party more than a race. Even the “dead stretch” around mile 18 had 2 huge and loud crowds to cheer, and that stretch needed it. It was easily the worst stretch of road in the race. There is no shade, no significant breeze, and nothing to look at. It sucked. The problems with the race are more for spectators. It wasn’t spectator friendly for people who don’t know the area. Cincinnati is a confusing city to travel in. Downtown is a series of roads tied into knots with confusing exits, merges, and signage. Lara went with me to spectate, but really only had 2 opportunities to see me. After I passed mile 5.5, she really had no way to get to see me at later times in the race until I ran back into the 25-26.2 distance. There also needed to be more signs to help get back to parking areas. I don’t mind walking back to my car, but we walked an extra block because things weren’t clearly marked. If you are advertising that you have a majority of runners from out of town, it seems you would cater to them a little more with directions. If I go back and run it, I will probably just do the half.
The course is very pretty and very crowded until the split between the 2 races. There are hills but they are long and gentle and over mostly by mile 9. I flew past many runners without changing my pace. I paused a couple of times for pictures, but overall not a bad hill workout. I compared it to Avenham Avenue in Roanoke, running the roads in Bernheim Forest in Clermont, KY, or the first part of Papa John’s 10 miler. Overall I liked the course, except for the previous irritation with mile 18ish.
Tomorrow is the Runpossible meeting at Fleet Feet. Follow the link above and try to fit it into your schedule. Wesley Korir spoke about running for a cause being a great motivator, and Runpossible is one of the many opportunities in the Louisville area to follow his advice.