I signed up for the Crab Orchard "Fly with the Eagles" half marathon on Feb 8th, a month before the LBL 23K. "It'll be good practice" a friend says (you know who you are, lol). The weather continued to be atrocious and the race was postponed a week due to road/trail conditions. My mind began its little hamster wheel turning, "are these two long races too close together for me? Will I be able to adequately recover in between? I consider the LBL 23K the pinnacle of my race calendar. I didn't want anything to affect me beating last year's time!
The morning of the new race date dawned cold as (*insert your favorite colloquialisms*) or to be honest, plain ole 15 degrees!!!! Crab Orchard lake was frozen solid. The noises coming from the ice were amazing! Mother Nature's music at its most freaky! I even saw 2 eagles flying overhead around mile 11! I had a lot of leg cramps those last couple of miles, but still enjoyed this race!
Here is Mr. 21 himself, after the race. Thanks for always encouraging us to be the best we can be!
Here is my race photo, about mile 3.