So another Dam to Dam 20K in the books. I have ran this race since I moved to Des Moines in 2010 and it one of my favorites. And of course you get to hear all sorts of “Dam” jokes. hahaha. One of the best shirts I saw read, “Where’s the Dam Finish Line?” But, seriously, I asked myself that question many times throughout the run.
This year the weather was perfect! Not too hot, not too cold. I met up with Shelby and Jeni downtown at 5:15 a.m. to catch the bus that would take us to the Saylorville Dam (the starting line). As in true runner style, we waited patiently in the porta-potty line before lining up at the start line. Once finally placing ourselves comfortably between the 9 and 10 minute/mile signs we only had about 15 minutes to wait.
From standing up on the Dam you can see downtown Des Moines, which is were the finish line is. Man! It looked far from where we were standing!
One of the reasons I love Dam to Dam so much is you start out in the middle of nowhere, run through Des Moines neighborhoods and end up in the big city. 😉 And the people that come out to support this race is amazing. People sitting in their yards with sprinkers on for the runner, people handing out wet sponges and ice, or maybe ringing a cowbell and screaming at the top of their lungs for complete strangers. I love it.
I started out with both Jeni and Shelby, but Shelby quickly whipped past us at a 9 min/mile pace. WOAH! Jeni and I decided to take it a little slower. Thoughts of mimosas and Americana brunch danced in my head the whole run. That is what helped me across the finish line. Although it wasn’t a PR for me, I really enjoyed running this year. I didn’t have any goals or pressure. I knew I hadn’t been training as hard as I have in the past, so I was okay with running for fun this time!
The best part was hanging out with Shelby’s little guy at brunch! What a ham!