Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Shake your Shamrocks

Checking on race off my bucket list!!!

I just registered to go back "home" not really home, it was my home till we moved out here and this is definitely HOME but I'm going back to where I grew up.  I need to add this disclaimer as my husband get his boxers in a bunch when I say I'm going HOME in reference to Michigan.  Got it...good and run the Al Kayner St. Patrick's Day 5K/8K race!  I'm super excited....not just to go home visit my parents but this race is kind of a big deal in B.C.  St. Patty's Day in general is a big drunken fest deal. 

Of course, the bars take full advantage of the crazy about of Irish blood flowing through the views of Bay Citians and their love need desire to drink green beer which I do not gonna lie also enjoy.  There is also a HUGE parade and celebration, Queens contest that I happen to have won in 1997 but biggest of all, always has been and always will be the road race.  Last year 4,800 people participated...I'm used to local races with 600 MAX!!   So naturally when I became a runner, this one was added to my bucket list right away. 

As fate would have it....Piper's dad and stepmom were planning on having her go back to Michigan to visit sometime during the spring.  I mentioned I was thinking of going back for the race, then I didn't think I would be able to make it, then I did, then didn't think know how it goes. anyway, long story short, Piper's confirmation for her flight showed up and I couldn't resist.  The prices are good, and I am taking 1 boy with me.  Its the worst possible time of the year for me to leave Shawn with 1 kiddo as he will be smack in the middle of calving, but I cant afford to lose my sanity flying with both boys the extra ticket for Sage so he is staying with daddy.  I'm sure Grandma will help out :-) 

My mom is having her knee replaced again on Feb 23 so she will be home and feeling good hopefully but she will be off work the whole time we are there.  Taking Bran aka the most uncoordinated child on the planet with me could be fairly disastrous for her but according to my dad, my showing up without any grand kiddos could be worse for me.....therefore, Bran is getting his wings and flying also.  And he may or may not look like a Leprechaun at the race.....anything is possible in Bay City during St. Patty's weekend.

I'm signed up for the 8K, which fits in perfect to my 1/2 training plan...about 6 weeks pre-Lincoln!  I ordered my shamrock bondiband, am on the hunt for some green and white stripped compression socks this morning I'm really excited!!!

I don't usually get pumped to go back to Michigan....while I miss my family and friends, I don't miss Michigan.  I only back once a year so I'm glad that this time is around St. Patty's, as in case you couldn't tell....we have alot of fun for St. Patricks Day!  I get to race, I get to spend QT with my rents and friends a couple of whom are running with me and they get to spend time with me Bran, and I WILL be getting some sushi. 

Do you think Green Beer tastes better??

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like a great race. I hope you have a nice trip.

    I have never had green beer so I can't really answer that question. I guess I need to try it real soon!