Evacuate to Corinth! That was the best thing we did Saturday because compared to everywhere else in the Midsouth, the weather there was nice. Just a little drizzle every once and a while.
Woke up in Memphis at 4:30am when tornado sirens started going off. Planned to get up at 5:00am, so wasn’t a biggee. Wasn’t even raining yet! But when we headed out at 5:30am it was pouring. We would hit pockets of pouring rain, thunder and lightning all the way to down Hwy 72. Got to Corinth at 7:00am – plenty early since the race wasn’t until 8:30am. Got a preemo parking spot right next to the start/finish.
My goal was to run it in under 1 hour (last 10k, at Winter Cross Country Series was 1 hour and 3 minutes), but I haven’t been practicing like a should and slowed down a lot after mile 3. I did it in 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 16 seconds. Got 10th in my age group. I am kicking myself because if I had kept pace I bet I would have got a cool trophy (they were given 5 deep in each age bracket). But all finishers did get a medal, an unexpected surprise.
Bobby’s goal was 48 minutes. He knocked it out with a time of 43 minutes and 27 seconds. This earned him 3rd place in his age group, a cool trophy made from an old glass coke bottle painted gold and $20. He had to sign a waiver saying, “The acceptance of prize money may affect an athlete’s amateur status”. He’s a pro!
Afterwards Dad took us to eat at the Slugburger Cafe on Hwy 72. If you’ve never had a slugburger, they are great. They were invented during the Depression when meat was scarce and consist of fried cereal/meal instead of burger (another name for these is “cerealburgers”).
They are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. They are called slugburgers because they used to cost 5 cents (a “slug”). Due to inflation and tasty demand, ours cost $1.25 (still darn cheap). I highly recommend them as post-race fuel. Someone in Memphis needs to start making these! (preferably close to my house)