Monday, August 6, 2012

Back From the Beach!

Just 2 1/2 days at the Beach and look at all I missed.  Haven't had much time to watch the Olympics, but I have tried to catch up on the results. Congrats to Bridget Franek for making the final of the 3000 M Steeplechase.  She became the first Penn State female athlete to make a Track and Field final in history.  I'm sure she's disappointed, but I'll gladly point out she's 14th in the World.

Here's the photos I promised from the most horrible race I have ever run.*

*The Sea Isle City Beach Run actually started out as a half-marathon before switching to a 10-miler twenty-some years ago.  The race starts on the narrow Promenade (a boardwalk if it was actually made of boards!) and heads north for 1/2 mile or so until spilling out onto the sand heading north.  The first hair-pin turn-around is at the 2 1/2 mile mark.  This is when you realize that the wind is actually against you both ways.  You then retrace your steps to pass the starting line at the 5-mile mark.  There's another 1/2 mile or so on the Promenade until you again cross the quicksand to the Beach for the rest of the run.  By the time you turn around at the 7 1/2 mile mark, you've given up all hope of seeing your loved ones again.  Or if you are really in shape, you just give up on a 10 mile PR.  It's not happening here.  The final 2 1/2 miles is spent dodging sand castles, ankle-fracturing holes dug by toddlers, oblivious sun-bathers, and beach jetties that sometime surprise you with 5 foot-drops on the far side.

Huzzahs for the PSU domination this year!

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