Good luck to all you others racing this weekend!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
My first ever real "trail" run was this race put on by the awesome people of Evergreen Trail Runs on February 26th. Since the course was way up North compared to my current dwelling, I decided to stay at my oldest sister Kristal's house the night prior. Perfect timing as it was her birthday that night and I got to hang out with my siblings for a bit. Also, it was my first official night away from Goober, and it was a little strange (yet free!).
The weather was looking pretty mean--snowing/hailing/raining on and off--but the forecast was promising sun breaks for the day. As I parked the car (super early, I might add) I completely bottomed it out on a big bump in the muddy ground. OoPs! Luckily no damage. Sorry Volvo. I was over an hour early in order to find the best parking, so I hung out in my car, trying to chill out without "chilling" out. I nervously watched runners around me in their cars, getting gear together and chatting with each other. To be honest I felt a little out-of-place being a trail newbie, and I wore capris. Um, not a single person I saw around the area was in anything that revealed calves or ankles. Oh boy. Quick change into my RunningSkirts.com RunLove socks and my calves were protected. Go me!
|The course start/finish in panoramic view.|
|Photo courtesy of Glenn Tachiyama|
|Photo courtesy of Glenn Tachiyama|
Here's me crossing the big creek towards the end. No avoiding the water on this one! Actually, the water felt good (and it cleaned my shoes...kinda...before I found the mud again).
Photo courtesy of Evergreen Trail Runs
|Finishing strong. |
Photo courtesy of Evergreen Trail Runs
|Muddy shoes! BEFORE and AFTER. :)|
|Post-race pic. Muddy, wet and happy.|
Mileage - 5
Time - 59:28
Overall - 35 out of 94
Sex Place - 21 out of 66
Pace - 11:53
Friday, March 23, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
|A faint double-rainbow. Ohmygosh! SO INTENSE! ;)|
Saturday morning came too fast after a late night chatting with Lolo and attempting to watch some Bridesmaids (Lolo hadn't seen it yet! Say WHAT?!). I scrambled to get all our lovely St. Patrick's day garb on, wake Goob up, feed Goober, get the jogger in the SUV and try and remember to eat something before Karla and Kerrie showed up. Oops. Forgot to eat something!
We piled into the SUV and it was a cozy ride to Tacoma. Oh, and it was snowing. Snow/raining actually. Did I mention it was freaking snowing? Oh goodness, this will be interesting. Another first for me: not wearing a billed-hat at a rainy race (not the best decision). Anyway, we parked in a lot that was a couple blocks from the start, which wasn't too bad, but since it was freezing out and pouring rain we all jogged to the start. Karla was doing the 10K and didn't have that much time to pick up her packet before the race. Bad omen...the packet pick-up line was ginormous, longer than the porta potty lines. That's another first. We waited in the rain and finally got our bibs, shirts and timing chips. Goober was holding it together despite wanting to rip off her warm hat every so often.
|Lolo & I all green'd up|
I was already soaked to the core. Rain was dripping off my eyelashes and running down my face. I couldn't feel my hands, so thankfully Mel helped me pin my bib on my Brooks jacket (a gift from Mel!), which was over my long-sleeved Brooks shirt (another gift from Mel when I had Goober). Another first: I wore two long-sleeved shirts at a race...WOAH. We waited under the awning of Hal of a Sub with Mel, her sister J, Kerrie, Jill, Tiffany, Alma, Kim, Jamie, Chelsea (such an awesome chick for spectating this crummy race day!), Lolo, Karla and Goob. Now, Goober was throwing a fit because she does NOT like to sit still in the stroller for very long now that she's an official "walker," so Kerrie, Tiffany and I ran around the block to warm-up. This calmed down the Goob until I started my iPod on speaker, and she was all set to race.
Since I was running with Lolo and Goober, we took our place near the "walker" start line. FINALLY the gun goes off and we start to make our way down a big hill to the waterfront. Lolo is being a rockstar and keeping an 11:00 pace for a bit. YEAH! At the 1.5 mile turnaround the 10K runners were swishing past us slower 5K'ers, but some people just didn't listen to the shouts of "on your left!" and "runners coming through!" I felt kinda bad, but I think everyone was just soggy and waterlogged. Kim (running the 10K) shouted my name and held out a hand for a high five as she passed...but my slowness with the jogger caused me to miss. Whoops! Sorry Kim!
The rain still doesn't let up, and at around the 2 mile mark we do a little long-stride walking. I'm proud of Lolo! Then there's a giant, long hill back up to the finish and after catching her breath, Lolo finishes strong with Goober and I trailing behind her. Way to go, Lolo!
|Jill, Tiffany, Chelsea, Mel, Kerrie, Lolo, me and Goob post-race|
Tiffany's hubby was a great photog...here's some pics he took:
|Tiffany, Chelsea, Kerrie, Lolo, me & Goober, Karla, Mel, Jill and Kim|
|Waiting and waiting and waiting for brunch to be served|
|It was more of a "dress" on her|
Monday, March 19, 2012
|The only pic I have of L.R.B. ---thanks Karla!|
So, the run was going really well and we were making pretty good time. Hello 9:14 pace! And at around mile 4 we were bombarded with some local high school track or x-country team on the trail. It kept my mind of my legs and I just ran and ran. Then I realized that it was already mile 6 and there was a little more than a mile left. Woot! Turns out my last mile was 8:35 pace. "Chasing" the young kids on the team helped keep me motivated. I honestly was amazed.
Then disaster struck.
As I was taking Goober out of the jogger in the parking lot I noticed that bunny--now dubbed L.R.B. aka "Long-Run Bunny"--was nowhere to be found. Goob didn't like this and was pissed off; screaming and crying. Crap!!! Ok ok ok, we're going to find it. So I retrace our steps.
Mile 1 goes by. No bunny.
Mile 2 = no bunny. ERGH BUNNY!
Mile 2.5...no bunny, BUT I did find Goober's green hair bow that she dropped. Didn't even know she was missing it!
|Well, hello there green bow. Fancy seeing you on this trail.|
Then I run into this older gentleman and ask him the same question: "Have you seen a pink and brown stuffed bunny along the trail?"
Dude proceeds to tell me this...in seriously one breath it seems.
"Lost your bunny? Sorry, I haven't seen any pink and brown bunnies running around. Speaking of pink, my brother was a lifelong quadriplegic and he died last May. He had a Pink Panther stuffed animal that he loved and would hug and nod when he wanted to hit at Blackjack. Well, I got that stuffed Pink Panther and kept him in my front window. Turns out he didn't look after the house that well because my $50K trailer that I pull my horses in was stolen and a whole lot of other stuff from the house. I race horses and I'm training for another 50 mile race. I'm not on a horse today, but I will be soon. You might have seen me on my horse last summer on the trail. Well, turns out the robbers left their ID, wire cutters and hammer in my home but the police didn't do sh*t. I talked to a Private Investigator today and he's going to help me find out who did this and get my stuff back...."---At this point Goober is really anxious to keep moving and I'm just nodding and saying "oh dear."---
Mr. Horse Racer goes on rambling for another minute or so and then says good luck to me in my bunny rescue. Um, thanks? That.was.odd. :-/
Anyway, we hit the turnaround point of Mile 3.5 and still no bunny. It's not looking good. I had already eaten the rest of my Shot Bloks and my legs were feeling a little like lead.
Unfortunately the way back didn't give us any better news either, despite my huge "Mommy Effort" in searching for Goob's beloved L.R.B. Stupid bunny. You doubled my long run today. I ended up running 14.4 miles today with Goober in the jogger. At least I tried...
...but I did find her hair bow!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
-Today was Goob's official first "race" since she was in my tummy
-My friend Lolo kicked butt despite the awful weather and circumstances.
-I wear a billed hat for a reason at rainy races. Ugh.
-Pancakes and coffee post-race = nummyness.
-Goober is my little Rockstar. I love her tons.