Thankfully, it stopped raining in time for me to break in my new shoes at The Grand Blue Mile — a (you guessed it!) mile long race along Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines. I haven’t trained at all, but I figured it would be a good way to get into the Drake Relays spirit and kick off a spring of running. Thankfully, I achieved my goal of running sub-9, with an 8:39 finish.
Cool: You wear a chip timer and when you finish, you go to a kiosk where they print out a receipt with your time on it. I’ve never seen that before!
It’s too bad the weather wasn’t sunnier, but I think that meant even more delicious giveaways from the snack tents were left over for me. While I was stuffing my face, I watched some real talent cross the finish line.
Oh wait, wrong picture.
I’m excited to watch this tradition grow! Hopefully someday soon spectators will line the whole mile-long course.