Journey Through Valley of Death (or W&OD 10K race)

“Yeah though I walk through the Valley of Death, I will fear no evil. Thy Shield and Thy Staff will Comfort Me …”

It was unlikely that the author of the 23rd psalm (reputedly King David) was describing today’s 10k road race along the old W&OD trail.  But the description is apt.

The race started at 6:30 p.m. today.  The temperature was 98 degrees and the sun beating down without relief.  About 400 runners staggered away from the start line and started running west along the trail, towards Hunter Mill Road.

Wearing the symbolic ”#1″ on my chest (no pressure there), I slogged along for four miles at a decent pace — 31 minutes at the four mile mark — considering that I was coming off a day of knocking doors. 

Then I pretty much caved in on the last two miles, alternatively walking and running until I finished at the Vienna train station.  My legs felt like they had cement blocks attached.  Fortunately, I had forgot to attach the chip to my shoe, so my time will be lost to eternity.

This is always the hardest race of the year, but I need to be there to support the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and the “Friends of the W&OD,” who do such a great job maintaining Fairfax County’s favorite running/biking/walking trail.  

(Shout out to my favorite Republican “Anne” who is one of the loyal “Friends”).

Thanks again for organizing.  Maybe next year it will rain.

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  • BT

    Are you running this year or not? I’m seeing Culipher signs everywhere. I’m getting flashbacks to Creigh Deeds’ campaign.