It was the morning of the totally awesome annual 10k trail run that I now look forward to all year.
The good news: I found my Garmin, charged it in the car during the 45-minute drive to the race, and got parked in plenty of time for the race.
The bad news: Once I arrived and parked, I took off my old white leather cross-trainers to change into my running shoes. Reached in the bag for my running shoes… and they weren’t there. I’ve now lived out my nightmare where I arrive at a race without my shoes. So thinking, “There must be a pair of running shoes in here somewhere,” I turned the contents of my car inside out. Nada. No running shoes. I found an extra set of almost everything but shoes. I ended up with a very disorganized car to straighten out. I downgraded to the 5k and wore my cross trainers.
There was mud everywhere after the race.
This is the only trail run I do, and this is the first year since I started doing this race, that it has been wet and muddy. Yet I now badly want a pair of trail running shoes. For next year. I’ll keep them in the car.