I love Nascar. Are there other ultra runners out there who are Nascar fans? I’m guessing a few but not many. For whatever reason, they seem like different crowds. Perhaps not though – both groups like to drink beer.
My brother’s getting married next month and I took him to Martinsville for his bachelor party. The two of us, our dad, and nine other guys drove down to camp for the weekend and enjoy some racing – on the track.
I’ve been to quite a few races, but this was the first time attending a race since I’ve started running seriously. I thought it’d be a great opportunity to see the campground in the early morning hours vs. the typical late night. I expected to see the aftermath of the previous night’s mayhem and have folks give me a hard time about running vs. drinking but neither happened. Both of my runs were pretty quiet and uneventful. One guy asked me how many laps I was planning on running, but other than that folks just watched me roll by. Or run by. Or slog by – whatever you wanna call it.
Note: a bit of advice – if you do go to a Nascar race, and you camp, and you can rent a private port-a-john, do it. People are gross. Anyway …
I enjoyed the peace and quiet for a bit both mornings. Everything at a Nascar race is LOUD. The race is obviously loud, but so is the camping – people blaring music and the generators running. I am not a fan of the generators. So taking time both mornings to run was awesome.
The whole weekend was a good one – we had fun, the race was great (although my driver didn’t end up doing so hot), we had some good food (my first Martinsville hotdog – I ate 7 over the weekend), played some yard games and enjoyed a few beers.
Now that I’m back from the race, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Training for the Marquette Trail 50 starts tomorrow. Goodnight!
Do you like Nascar?
Ever been to a race?