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Do you ever have one of those moments where you think, "HA! I am sane!" Then you step in dog poo with your bare feet and remember it was your idea to get the puppy...?

Wednesday, March 25

5 Strange for 5K

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Hubby (left) and Oscar (goofy) after the race


Just a few unexpected experiences from the 5K.

  1. In our 'gift-bag' race-sponsor thing we were handed before the race, there was a roll of toilet paper. We were a bit nervous, this being our first race, about what goes on between mile-markers. Then we saw the attached banner: "wipe out colon cancer."
  2. An 80-year-old man ran with us. Actually, he might have been closer to 100. His beeping-monitor-of-some-sort is the reason my mom and I finished as fast as we did (which was not fast). That's right - every time we heard Tick-Tock Croc gaining on us, we sped it up - my mother was NOT having that guy finish before her. I didn't care so much about him, but having my mom beat me would have been another story entirely.
  3. My brother, who finished 22nd out of 405 over-all and 3rd in his age group for his first race ever (yay Oscar!), passed one particular girl and swears she cough-yelled, "Jack-a**!" at him.
  4. After the race, there were a lot of people walking around, including one interesting, um, person, pictured below. At first, we thought it was a man dressed up like a Grumpy Fairy, but after careful reevaluation (i.e. blatant staring), I'm 90% sure it's a woman who was not dressed up for fun. It was very cold, and he/she was having trouble walking, so what he/she was doing at the race is still a mystery. 5. Lesson learned: 20 minutes on a treadmill one time 3 months before the race? Does not constitute preparation.

***Another huge thank-you to my good friends CATE and SNARKY, who sent so many good lucks and well-wishes that I actually thought for a minute I was a Rock Star. You girls made my day. Thanks.***

19 comments:

Snarky A. said...

Sounds like you had a really interesting race day! :)
You are so freaking awesome!

Funny in my mind said...

you are the bomb!!!

Debbi said...

YAY!!! And too funny. "Pat"s are my fave game to play!

Lora said...

Impressive! Hopefully I'll be ready to run the marathon here next year...I was planning on this year, but circumstances didn't allow.

Sassy Britches said...

Next time maybe I'll loan you a pair of my Umbros and you can totally rockstar it up! Congratulations on your run; I'd have been heaving and walking the whole way...Tick-Tock Croc or no!

Call Me Cate said...

You ARE a rock star!!! And I totally need an old guy with a beeper to motivate me through my next race. So glad to read about your experiences - you really see some interesting things at races. Joe's running a half-marathon on Saturday so maybe if I go with I can get a post out of it...

Carole said...

If only he/she had a mullet it would be Pic of the year...LOL

carole
xoxo

AndreaLeigh said...

wow! congrats, what a huge accomplishment!

Grand Pooba said...

Yikes okay I think I'm blind now, thanks. What was that "woman" thinking? LOL

But congrats on actually doing the race! I couldn't do it!

mommaof4wife2r said...

so many things to say...the tp is hilarious. the he/she is disturbing yet oddly funny. and i love that you did the race while still beating the beeper man...who was prob ready to fall over with a heart attack...scary, and yet, still funny.

Renee said...

Congrats on the race. You get Kudos and a Cookie! What a great marketing idea the tp is! Hysterical!

Donnetta said...

YAHOO!!!!!!! Way to go!!!! I think the next race you should wear the bizarro outfit!

Michelle said...

I am still so impressed. Nicely done! And great job to your brother! I have no hope of finishing anywhere ranked in my age group (maybe the octogenarians!), so I'm blown away.

I love the goodie bag bit. That would have totally freaked me out, too! So what else was in there?

Xazmin said...

That is so cool! I have always wanted to do a 5K, maybe this will be the year? When I get back in shape!!

Loved all your "experiences". Made me laugh out loud!

Xazmin

Yaya said...

Yeah, we ran a 5K once and I thought we had trained well and it totally kicked my butt big time!

Wow your brother did good!

joanofalltrades said...

Thanks for sharing! Great pics! Congrats to you for finishing. And kudos to Oscar for coming in 22nd. Wow! You sound like me on the treadmill. The Great Urban Race is next month and right now I get winded running up the stairs in my house.

Hyacynth Filippi Worth said...

Seems like every race has one of thos s/he dileamas. During our Relay for Life race in college, there was one person who was keeping pace with us, talking to us and all along we were like sooo s/he??? Awkward!!!

Michelle said...

awesome! we have one coming up...you think I should train?

Shanda said...

Way to go! The tic tocking would have made me speed up too! Great motivation!

There is always someone who dresses up weird and keeps people guessing at a race...I had to crack up that you actually took a picture of them! ;)