When I realized Mark would be hanging out in Iowa for an extra day, I thought "Hmmm, what can we do? Aha! The Iowa State Fair!" I mentioned this to Mark and he seemed eager to see the Butter Cow. Teresa and Chrissy also wanted to go and Laurie was going to join us later with her husband, so we had a mini-team reunion (two days in a van with each other was apparently not enough time!)I don't remember much about the state fair, besides eating. Chrissy and I got deep fried Oreos. Teresa consumed a (veggie!) corn dog. And Mark got medieval on that turkey leg. Such healthy runners we all are!
For a much funnier analysis of the Iowa State Fair, visit my friend Finn's blog.
Mark left the next day, but not until coming to terms with my dog (Mark is not a dog person): So, what's next? I think I told about 10 kabillion people that I was going to stop running after the relay to let my hamstring recover. The thing is, my hamstring didn't bother me the entire race. Not even after climbing the equivalent of Iowa's elevation over my three legs. At the beginning of August, I decided to cut my losses on the triathlon training for the Cyman this weekend because I didn't want to be hobbling on the run, which should theoretically be my best part. So now I feel like a wuss because the hammy only mildly bothers me occasionally.
And I feel even wussier because right now that I backed out of the tri, because I added the Toronto Half-Marathon on the calendar for October. I am not registered yet, until Lisa figures out her schedule for that weekend. Since Lisa missed the relay because of the terrorists, we needed to find another event for her to flex her new long distance running muscles on. And since the CO trip was supposed to be our once-per-year hanging out time, and Toronto is much cooler than Iowa, I decided a long weekend was in order. And anyways, I have a bone to pick with Toronto.
Well, I think I don't have anything much else to say about the relay. Oh except for this - I e-mailed the captain of the Sunflower Striders over a week ago to congratulate them and he finally got back to me. The reason it took so long? Several of their team members stayed in Colorado to run the Pikes Peak Marathon this past weekend. Now those are some ballsy Flatlanders!