Monday, October 31, 2011
A little running shenanigans
So I'm holding down the fort while Tom is out running. The guys started running on Thursday night and have been going 24/7 since. Right now I think that they are somewhere in Arizona (at least that's what the map says). I haven't talked to Tom all that much... maybe 3-5 minutes each day. From what I know - they are doing well, keeping strong, very sleep deprived already, climbingclimbingclimbing, good control of their diabetes and just moving forward. Great update huh? :) They don't have much cell signal so our chats are very brief, mainly to see how he's holding up mentally through all of this because I worry... He just has so much on his plate right now that he's dealing with - throwing 15 days of little Internet access, little sleep and running 14-28 miles every 24 hour period is going to do a number on him. :( Keep sending him messages at www.teamtype1.org/run - he said that he is reading those and loves reading what people are writing. And if I get any more updates, I'll let you know. Oh... one thing that was cool. Last night he was interviewed on a live radio show by "Paul friggen Huddle and Bob Babbitt" (his words via text). If you are a triathlete, you'll know how cool that was for him!
So what have I been doing while Tom's gone? Working, shopping, sleeping, shopping, visiting with my friends and family, shopping, catching up on reality tv and working out. Priorities people...
I ran a half marathon on Saturday. It was one of those "I'll wait to see how the weather is on Saturday morning before I sign up" kind of runs. I woke up to sunny and low 30 temps (okay, that's a lie... it was still dark, but the forecast said sun). I decided to make the trip (2 hours northwest) to this tiiiiiiiiiny little town called Elida for the Meals 'til Monday half marathon - great little organization that gives kids meals for the weekend who might otherwise not be able to eat between heading home on Friday after school and getting back to school on Monday. Anyway, I paid my dues (I think the lady was a little surprised that I registered for the half on the day of the race) and just waited until the start. It was announced that the start would be at the crosswalk to the school. Awesome small races.
The half lined up and there were 45 of us. That's it. :) I wasn't running for a goal time or anything... heck, I'm still wrapping up my bike accident wounds when I run because they are still painful (yeah, I know... it's been 9 weeks and I'm not healed) and I am slowly getting back into any sort of training. I took off at a nice pace. First mile was 8:16 - whoa nelly... that's a tad too fast. But I quickly settled in. Nothing but cornfields. And headwinds. In any event, it wasn't a very action packed race. I was running third female for the first 8 miles, passed the second place woman and then was passed by the now third place woman. I dug hard to keep that third place spot. I ended up running behind a guy in cargo swim trunks and vibrams (yeah... no need to say anything). The finish was literally a spot in the parking lot that you crossed and they said "you're done, great job". hehehe - I went inside where they were serving hamburgers and hot dogs (the race started at 10am so it wasn't one of those weird finish line food option / time of day things (you know...for instance when you finish a race at 9:30am and they are serving beer and you have to question if that's alright). I waited around for awards and ended up snagging 1st in my AG and 3rd Overall Woman. Gotta love small races.
So here are the stats:
Finish Time - 1:54:31
3 of 23 women
1 of 6 in 30-39 age group
12 of 45 overall
It definitely wasn't about what place I came in. It was about getting a run in, supporting a good cause, and knowing that if it hurt a little, that was okay - at least I wasn't running across the country like my crazy husband! :)
So now I'm counting down the days until I get to participate in some shenanigans with Mandy, Kristin, Matty-O, and Heather, cheering on all the people at IMFL. Oh.. it's gonna be a good time! Are you going to be in PCB? Let me know...