The route was changed slightly from previous years. I ran with my IPod for the first time in a long time and I think it helped. My first mile was 8:44. The second was 9:17. This was the one with the hill. I knew I couldn't fade if I was going to end up with a pace in the 8s. My third mile was 8:54 with the last tenth being 8:27. I wasn't sure if I had done it until I checked my Garmin! Yeah! My overall pace was 8:58. I was soaked as it was humid! I had to rush home and change to get back down for the parade. The Fourth of July is in a big thing in Bristol. I never get to see them but there are outhouse races in between the race and the parade. These were featured on the Today Show one year. They take bets and the money must go to the Fourth of July festivities. I am not sure.
So home, clean up and I decided (along with my husband) to bike to town. Traffic is crazy so this seemed to be the way to go. By the time we came home it was hot hot hot. I decided to continue the ride further which may not have been brilliant as I was wiped when I got home.
Back to the parade. First when I went to the race at 7:00 I saw several people already sitting on the parade route waiting for the parade. Now it is a decent small town parade (the governor was in it) but it isn't any Macy's Day Parade. You do not need to secure your seat at 7 in the morning. It starts at 10:30. Yes it gets very crowded but really? 3 1/2 hours early? Fortunately we have friends who live on the parade route so we don't need to worry.
A Few Parade Pics
Many many many firetrucks
What would a Vermont parade be without tractors?
And even some floats!