Friday, February 8, 2008
9 on the 9th: Sweetheart Shuffle RACE REPORT
I actually did it. I wasn't sure if I could complete this, in fact I thought about doing just 6 and putting my earlier in the week 3 with it (I hear the race director is really lenient that way!), but I made it. Slow, but Steady.
It started with a stellar meal the night before at my favorite brewery and included 2L of pub beer and some basic bar food: Nachos, Titan Toothpicks, Beer Bread and cheese. Yeeeeah. I would normally not do that before a race but decided to see how it would work. There was one time way back where we signed up for a local 5k and then decided to drink several bottles of wine, but I try not to go back to that day too often...
I woke up feeling fine and downed a Vanilla Cliff Shot in honor of Vanilla's recent adoption by the Cliff people -- lucky stiff. Then it was off to the treadmill. I decided to choose a movie that had about 120 minutes on it, just in case I could do 5 or 6 and walk the rest in. Well, that is basically what I did, sort of. Incorporated some walking whenever I needed it, but actually when I started to do that, it allowed me to run slightly faster when I was running. It was a great choice to put a movie on, I couldn't see sitting on the couch to finish it, I might as well keep moving as long as I feel good.
Amazingly, I feel pretty dang good. I haven't had much pain or discomfort. Perhaps there is progress in this ole bod? I think the PT, professional insoles and all the cross training and weights might be starting to pay off. I was pretty PO'd when Katie Holmes ran a marathon (sans bra, buts that another story) then went out with Tom that night in heels. Guess what, I put on my super high heeled brown boots and went out tonight!! Yes, I realize it was no marathon, and I will always need the jogging bra, but THIS IS PROGRESS, PEOPLE!!
Besides my cute baldy pacer, I invited Derek and his G2 along with me. I , like Derek, prefer the light purple. Normally I am pretty much bringing up the back of the back of the pack and there is nobody back there with me. Having Derek and Baldy along makes for a very nice improvement. :D Well, I did say SWEETHEART SHUFFLE.
This virtual thing really works! Got me off my keester for longer than I would have dreamed of going today. As far as I am concerned, 9 on the 9th was already a success. You guys are just icing on the cake.
I can't wait to read all your race reports!! Good luck, everyone!