My BreyerFest 5K races this year contained a lot of exclaiming at the Kentucky sunrises. I had a tough time deciding on the opening shot here: Should I use the best sunrise shot, a pic of Tachyon (who traditionally carries this role), or should I go chronologically, as my camera dictated? Heh: y'all get a fourth option. Above is the start of the third day's sunrise.
A surprised friend asked whether I'd entered 3 races. I told her the same thing happened this year as last: Since I was running virtually, I did my course three times on 3 separate days. I turn in the fastest. What was charming this year was that each time I ran, I went faster. I can't explain this. Usually BreyerFest is an excuse to get completely out of shape!! -- worse as the week wears on. But for whatever reason, my times for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday were faster each day. Maybe I have X factor.
I hope that some time in the future I'll be able to run with the crowd again. Meanwhile I'm deeply grateful to Breyer for allowing virtual runners, and so glad that turning in my time was as easy as it was. If you're wondering why this is important (and want to see a map of where I'm talking about), here's a link to last year's 5K blog post: My Breyerfest Virtual 5K race.
This year my first day was Tuesday. We do have a shot of the very beginning of the first sunrise, seen from the parking lot:
The next view available is the classic one of Tachyon, my CollectA Akhal Teke mare who comes along with me for all my BreyerFest 5Ks, with my stopwatch, standing (posing!) on the course.
|July 11 46:09|
I remember that first sunrise as awesome. I spent a long time staring, amazed. I finally stepped out onto the course, a bike trail on Kentucky State University's Coldstream Campus, and started running. The moment I was out from under the trees, the sunrise got 10 times more spectacular, a great field of red rows racing across the sky. What a tough decision! Should I stop, go back to the car, get the camera and shoot this, thus losing time and energy? I kept on running,... but decided there and then to be prepared for shooting if there was a next time.
Next time was two days later, Thursday the 13th. The sunrise was even more spectacular, and I took a movie (which did not work at all well because the camera fogged). At least I got some stills:
I could hardly believe my eyes. This was dynamic and very inspiring.
Six, indeed, is the hour for running. There was almost no one else there.
The Thursday time was a minute faster.
|July 13 45:35|
The third day, Saturday the 15th, was the most splendid of all. I wish I could claim that fantastic sunrises made me run faster! but alas, no connection can be proven...! Here are the first glimmers through the trees. It was like a distant fire.
Things went from good to great in a hurry.
All this because I got up early enough to dodge the heat! I could hardly believe my eyes. Pennsylvania rarely has anything like this. Thank heavens for a zoom lens and enough time to catch it all. This last shot (below) is looking east, away from my starting direction.
I have run this course something like 6 times in the past 2 BreyerFests, but I'd never seen anything like this.
|July 15 44:36|
I wound up placing 16th out of 34 for all the virtual runners, and
2nd in my (virtual) age group. This is not "my personal best," but it
is very far from a poor performance. I am well pleased with my 5K this