Sunday, November 8, 2009

1:19:24. Take that Jolly Trolley!

Yesterday was a great.day. GREAT.

We lazed around in the morning, then we picked up Mom, then Penny, Eli and Teddy and headed to the race. We were all very very eager, and ended up at the race site with numbers pinned on, race bags back in the truck with an HOUR to wait for the race to start.

The weather was gorgeous. I was hydrated and carbed and when the race finally started I felt great. The course was quite hilly, so I was very glad I had trained the way that I had...I saw people really, really struggling doing a sprint/walk duo that seemed very hard, especially on the hills. What was great for me is that with my slow and steady plugging away, I was able to pass a bunch of people. A BUNCH of younger, thinner people.

Here I am about 100 yards from the finish...I had just yelled to my family, "NO TROLLEY!"

My official time was 1:19:24, but my REAL 10K time was 1:18:48 (I started my Nike + at the starting line when I was able to cross it). With a little time math you can see that I finished a good TEN minutes before the Trolley driver even started out to get the stragglers. Mr. P had a great race with 1:06, him and Penny were within eyesight of each other for most of the race which is a story in itself, but I don't want to steal her thunder regarding how she did (she rocked though).

I have read other people talk about race etiquette, and yesterday was the first time it got.on.my.nerves. If you are going to walk, and you know that, back your shit up and get in the back of the pack so that I don't have to go AROUND your group of 5 across that take up the whole running lane. If you are going to run/walk, don't get RIGHT.in.front.of.me. and then stop short to walk so I have to make sure I don't jog up on your feet when you stop. Does my running smugness make you laugh as much as it does me? You know what else? I had FUN yesterday doing that run, and I am sad that it is over.

Here we are post run..




You see how I am leaning in? I always do that because I always think I am going to be too big to fit in the picture. I hope to get over that.

But since that is a goal made and completed, I feel a bit more confident and ready to start 1/2 marathon training. YIKES!!



Oh, and belated thanks for the Christmas song ideas...my playlist was great! And also for the support while I was getting ready for this...you guys came to mind more than once while I was chugging away!

17 comments:

kilax said...

Great job! I am so proud of you! :) And way to go, kicking butt on those hills!

Oh, the walkers and run/walkers. They're so... silly. :)

I always lean in in pictures too. So weird! :)

Shelley said...

Woohoo!!! You did great - I am so so impressed that you RAN for over a freakin' hour...GREAT JOB!!!!!

DAVs said...

Wait a minute--this was the Christmas lights race? I was going to send you something for that..I'm so out of it.
Congrats on a great finish! You are not just a runner now, you are a RACER.

Tammy said...

Way to go! You rock!

tara said...

So proud of you!! I can hardly believe the progress you have made. You are so inspiring!

wafelenbak said...

Woo hoo!!! Although I was really looking forward to you swearing at the Jolly Trolley regardless of the outcome. ;)

Silly Swedish Skier Says So said...

In soccer, I always jump for the ball and think I'm going to stop it with a part of my body and then realize that I think I'm WAY bigger than I really am when it whizzes past me.
Rock on with your bad self! Running was really good for my ego, but I didn't take good care to cross train with swimming, biking, yoga, enough and the longer distances get really hard on you without it. Just some friendly advice.

Not Your Aunt B said...

AWESOME! You ROCKED it! The half marathon will have nothing on you- you'll be a machine with all that hill training!
And YAY for CK2 in the Miracle Worker!

Tammie said...

way to go!!

i know this sounds weird, cause i dont really *know* you, but i thought about you various times on saturday, wondering how it was going.

im happy you did great and that you had fun. :)

creative kerfuffle said...

love love love the pics of you guys! so happy for you. but, if this was the christmas lights run--how did you see the lights during the day? am i missing something?

chezjulie said...

Wow, I am so amazed and impressed that you ran a 10K!!!!!!!!!!

Amy said...

Awesome job! So fun.

Penny said...

It was a good day...I'm sad it is over, I need to find a new race to look forward too.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

CONGRATULATIONS on such a great race!

I'm totally with you with the walking idiots. I mean, I GET that people walk during races. Shit, I walk a minute for each mile during longer races. But, you know what?

(a) I move to the right when I'm getting ready to walk. and (b) I motion with my arm that I'm getting ready to slow down, so anyone who is all up in my stuff will know to move out of the way!

Lynne said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!

Fatinah said...

hey chicklet! way to go!!

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