The flights went well....as well as can be with an 18 month old who doesnt like to sit still. We didnt end up on CNN (yet) and I didnt have to get drunk to survive so I will call it a success.
The drive home was fun...took a but longer then usual because my dad didnt take the turn we
|Bran sleeping in the car.|
Saturday brought the Clare Irish Festival 5K/10K at 9am. We went early in an attempt to find a
parking place where my mom (who is 3 weeks post surgery for her 3rd knee replacement) could watch without a long walk.
Parking - Great
Viewing for mom = Epic Fail We managed to park on the only corner of a block where the race didnt go past.
|Clare Irish Festival starting line.|
Dad and Bran were able to see the start and the finish, so that was nice!! I came out WAAAAY to fast....and I knew it and tried to slow down but couldnt get it done....the pace was a fast pace so I either hung with the pack or dropped back. I hung with the pack and pulled a PR of 24:47!!
Splits: Mile 1 - 8:31
Mile 2 - 8:31
Mile 3 - 8:15
|Finish line of Clare.|
I guess there is something to be said for 800ft elevation when your used to 3400ft :)
And I may or may not have picked out a "skinny blonde bitch" to not allow to beat me...and she didnt.
Placed me 5th in my age group out of 73...woot woot!! Of course, they do awards for the top 3 in each age division....darn!
|Celebrating with Beezer (he couldnt care less)|
The only downfall to the race was the 2 teenage girls who ran hard enough to puke. 6 steps after they crossed the line. Thankfully (I guess) I was right behind them so I saw them and didnt step in the puke or get water because it was right at the water table...nice but really....they were 2 feet from the grass...I bet they could have made it....grrrr.
Sunday was the Al Kaynar St. Patricks Day 5K/8K. Started at 1145am. In typical Michigan fashion AKA mother nature has a serious personality disorder the temp at start time was a wonderful 73 degrees with are you ready for this......67% humidity. W.T.F. This IS a St Pattys Day race...as in MARCH....but whatever...mother nature didnt drop any tornado's or hail, so I guess its better then the alternative. But still...uhhhh.
Anyway...I met up with Rachel who has been a friend of mine for what we figure is 14 years or so....over half
|Rachel and I pre-race|
Splits were very steady the first 3 miles -
Mile 1: 9:00
Mile 2: 9:01
Mile 3: 8:58
Mile 4: 8:48
Mile 5: 8:24
|Bay City starting line|
I came in at 28 out of 84 in my age group, and 391 out of 778 total runners. Thats just the 8K totals....there were over 6000 people total. Glad I didnt run the 5K.....and now I see why it thinned out so much when we did drop them off our course. YIKES!!!
It was a great run, well put on...the medals are awesome (MY FIRST ONE!!!) and I would gladly do this run again. If mom and dad havent sold their house by next March, I will be back!
Tonight...is relaxing at my favorite restaurant....Gengi's japanese steak house in Midland....sushi. shrimp and scallops. Apple Martinis. Great company.....Im thoroughly enjoying my weekend in Michigan!!!!