Day 23: run 5k in Greenville, then bike to Anderson, SC

Running in the Lungs for Life 5k

There was a 5k race in Greenville only 3 miles from Bryon’s house, and Bryon offered to drive me there, so I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to run it.  We drove down to the Caine Halter YMCA so I could register, then went to Starbucks for oatmeal and coffee.  My legs were not happy with me when I started running, and I almost regretted entering the race.  The pain in my legs eventually passed and was replaced with the discomfort of any tough cardio workout.  There were no mile markers, and I did not have a watch, so I had no clue where I was and how much farther I needed to run.  I could feel my form and pace start to fall apart, and two or three women ended up passing me in the last half mile, but I managed to hang on and place second in my age group.  Definitely not my best race, but not bad for being on the road for a month with hardly any training.

Me, Bryon and Phil before leaving Greenville

It was a short ride to Anderson, which is why I ran the race in the first place, and we took our time getting ready to leave Greenville.  Bryon made eggs for breakfast, and we packed up to go.  Bryon rode with us for the first 10 miles, and we stopped at the Thomas Creek brewery on the way out to sample some of their beer.  After this pit stop my legs felt much better, leading me to wonder if maybe I should drink more beer during all of our rides.

Bryon turned around when we reached a dead end and had to cross some railroad tracks.  The rest of the ride was uneventful, but pleasant despite headwinds.

We reached Grace and Chuck’s home in Anderson around 4:30pm, with plenty of time to spare before sunset.  Grace and Chuck are the parents of my friend Brendan, whom I ran with back in Rhode Island.  They made us feel at home and cooked a tasty meal for dinner. (They also had plenty of ice-cream flavors to choose from in the freezer).

Churchill, the bulldog

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About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

Posted on 12 November 2011, in Bicycle Touring, Providence to New Orleans, Races. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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