Saturday, August 9, 2008

8 on 08-08-08 Virtual Olympics Race Report

I never thought in a million years that I could make it to the Olympics but here I am doing a brand new event: the virtual 8 miler for running bloggers. WOO HOO. I hear there are quite a few entrants and it doesn't really matter how fast you are. Am I dreaming?? Someone pinch me....


Well the new event is going off with a bang. Did you see that opening ceremony?





In case you didn't catch it, I thought I'd include a few pictures. I had no idea they'd let some of us participate. Aside from all that communism business, those Chinese are so dang nice.


Why does the Caucasian woman get the good lipstick?



Why did that be-otch get the colorful outfit?

So I haven't been doing a whole lot of running with the extra travel (I actually did go to China last month) and probably the most I've run is about 4 miles a couple times a week. It is definitely for me that I schedule these races. :D Oh yeah, and for you guys too. But, they really get me going. I was out the door at the ungodly hour of 6 am. I ran this puppy slower'n slow, like so-slow-you-might-be-able-to-walk-faster slow. I started off as slow as I could possibly go and still be running to try to conserve for the full 8. Turns out, that was a good strategy. I never had to walk except once to drink some G2 (still my fav) and it was a lovely couple of hours to myself on a beautiful morning. That's why I rock. That's why I'm an Olympian. (hee hee, just teasin, I was actually really embarrassed at my slowness.) 1:57 Maybe there is a medal for Slow and Deliberate?

Apparently I'm not so much Olympic navigation material, my 8 finished about 1 mile from home. zoinks. I walked and ran it in. 9 miles in the books, people!!

One more thing, I looked at my watch at the 8 mile mark of course. Would you believe it was exactly 8am? I swear. I was going to take a picture of it for you when I got home because after 8 miles I am not so smart.... yeah, the clock doesn't stop on your Garmin just because you hit stop. Hee hee.


I can't wait to read all the other reports. I will be reading, logging and providing a Race Results post in the next couple days. Thanks so much for joining me to celebrate the start of the Olympics.


Do you have Olympic fever now? :D

46 comments:

Mendy said...

Woo Hoo! I love the Olympics. Watching the mens gymnastics right now (as I write).

GREAT job on getting out there and doing the 8. That counts high in my book. I'm not even running at all. You did wonderful!!

Kent said...

I got my entry done today. Here is a link to my race report (http://www.network-admin.net/?p=504). I didn't quite get the whole 2 race entries (16 miles) that I had planned, but I came close. Considering 14 miles of it was spent with sweat stinging my knee, I was happy enough with my outcome.

Unknown said...

Oh that's right -- I KNEW there were something I was supposed to do! (I actually did run the 8 miles; I just haven't blogged about it yet).

Anonymous said...

Way to go on doing 9 Nancy!

I love your report and the pics are precious.

Can you believe the opening ceremony? It truly was spectacular. I loved the lighting of the torch.

Thanks for organizing another virtual race. You're the best!

gaj

The Young Family said...

haven't posted the race report yet, but my time was... 8 miles @ 1:50 minutes.... I actually ran 16 total, but that was the better of the two splits! I learned a valuable lesson about fueling your body, lets say I didn't do it properly - hmmmm. I won't do that again!!

Em

Anonymous said...

*hilarious*

Jess said...

Good job on doing the 8 even though you were out of practice. Slow and steady still gets it done!

I did my 8 yesterday, report is ont he blog, but I finished in 1:21:07. Not my fastest either.

Jennifer Burgett said...

http://mydesiretobethin.blogspot.com/2008/08/8-on-8th-well-on-10th.html

My race report isn't completed yet but my time is up. 1:14:21

My first virutal race and my longest run yet. Thanks for doing this it really pushed me to up my mileage!

Wes said...

Wow, and I'm the ninth comment :-) What's up with all these 8's? LOL!!! Mines up!! Great job on getting in the 9'er after not running so much. You ROCK!!!

teacherwoman said...

Nice race nancy! I so should have just forked over 8 miles yesterday... darnit!

And yes, I have extreme Olympic Fever right now!

Anonymous said...

Excellent run Nancy! And wonderful race report!

As usual, I'm late to the party, but I've done my run and my report is up: http://mcmmama.blogspot.com/2008/08/8-miles-on-08-08-08.html

Thanks for the fun time!

Michelle said...

Run Nancy Run!!!

I'm just saying!!

Unknown said...

Way to get it DONE! And I love the opening ceremony touch in your photo. :)

BTW - THANKS A BUNCH for motivating me and others to do 8 miles. :)

Bob A said...

Good race -- a 5:30 AM start, though, is a little extreme. Report, such as it is, is here:

http://bobruns.blogspot.com/2008/08/8-on-8th-report-greenville-sc.html

Marlene said...

Congrats on getting out there and thanks again for organizing this event. It was my first time participating and I loved it! Can't wait to read everyone's reports.

RunnerMom said...

I didn't give you all my info on my last post---- 9 on the 9th in 1:43:07. (Eight miles completed in 1:32:22.)

www.themommyminute.blogspot.com

Thanks for organizing this!

Lauren @ mostly i run said...

Great job -- it doesn't matter how fast you go, just that you're out there running and inspiring us all to join you!

This is my first virtual race. Results are up!

Aka Alice said...

LOVE your Olympic spirit. The photos are awesome.

I just posted my race report. We ran 8.1 in 1:30:15...about par for the course for me.

Thanks for hosting this. I keep thinking how cool it is that all these runners around the country are all sorta running together...very cool!

Marci said...

My report is up. Sorry its so bland, thanks for organizing.

Sunshine said...

Thanks for the LOVELY Olympics for us all.

Michelle said...

I love, love, LOVE the Olympics!! I stayed up until midnight watching last night, and now I am watching swimming. :-)

You'll have to put me on the loser list, because I only did the 5.6-mile trail race yesterday, which totally wore me out. I did blog about it, if you want to read it. ;-) I was just too damn sore today for a run.

David H. said...

Congrats on your race! I'm looking forward to reading about all the results. Glad I was finally able to participate this time around.

Sonia said...

YAY Nancy!! You did real good for an undertrained! No need to be ashamed at all =)

I wish I could have participated but my foot is not up to this and I did a sprint tri this morning!!

Great job organizing this once again! You're the best Nancy!!

Unknown said...

1:09:27!

http://eatdrinkrunwoman.com/?p=147

E said...

Great job on your run! Love the pictures.

Thanks for this - I really look forward to your virtual races. :)

J~Mom said...

Great job!! You cracked me up with your report!!

Amy said...

Great run, Nancy! Love your pictures, too! Now we can sit back (right?) and enjoy the Olympics. Thanks!

Lily on the Road said...

Is that your little guy with the drum??? Very cute!

Yes, I'm now blogged...LOL...

jahowie said...

It sounds like you had a great run!! I'm sorry that I wasn't able to join you afterall in this virtual run. I will enjoy reading the reports from all of the others though. Cool pics too by the way. ;-)

AddictedToEndorphins said...

Great Report!!!
Loved the 'opening ceremonies'.

Myy report is:

http://addictedtoendorphins.blogspot.com/2008/08/8-on-the10th-rr.html

sRod said...

Great pics!!! I posted my report last night. Thanks Nancy!

Marcy said...

LMAO Nancy!! Youa re so stinking cute! I love it!

I clocked in at 1:09:45 ;-)

peter said...

Hi Nancy. Another great virtual race organized. Here's my eight on the "eighth," 1:18:18.

RunToTheFinish said...

Those pictures are great!!

Sam said...

Another great race you put on!

http://slowsam.blogspot.com/

I'm still waiting on confirmation on the time - Unofficial is: 1:03

RoadBunner said...

Thanks for doing the math for me!

Sarah Kathryn said...

Great post, LOL!!

I got my 8 on the 8th done - in 1:23. Do I get extra points for running it with pinkeye (ain't that lovely?!). You think pinkeye doesn't hurt when you run? Think again. LOL.

Ax said...

I finally got my report posted. Here it is!

http://lifestrides.blogspot.com/2008/08/8-on-8th-olympic-sized-race-report.html

Unknown said...

Love it! Your costume is awesome! :D

Viv said...

Hey Nanc great job on getting the 8 done!! Love the picture and the why does she get the colorful one..hahahha
I thought of ya baby the other weekend this woman at this swim clinic I was doing had lipstick that would not wear down. After we were swimming for 4 hours she came outta the pool with lipstick like she freshly applied in the water whilst breast stroking. She could not pull it off like you though :-)

Midwest said...

Here's my race report: http://coffeebetsy.blogspot.com/2008/08/country-roads-take-me-home.html I did a 20 miler, but the first 8 were all for you! 1:25:33.

FLYERS26 said...

my report is up.
Thanks for doing this!


http://flyers26.blogspot.com/

Unknown said...

Great job on the miles! I was on the virtual sidelines cheering.

DawnB said...

Sorry Nancy I miss this one hopefully i'll get my but going the next time

Alisa said...

I love all your pics! Sadly, having the Olympics be halfway around the world is hell for my sleeping habits.

J~Mom said...

You rock girl!!!!!!!!!! Nice job out there!!!!!!