Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mama Goes Masters Virtual Race Report

Last night I toasted MCM Mama's 40th birthday with a few cocktails. While I'm sure she would have preferred that I honor her with a few beers I've never heard of, I was more in the mood for my favorite golf drink. It's the thought that counts, right?

After a late night celebrating the end of another golf season, my race day alarm went off way too early. But I thought I had a good chance of winning my age group in this race, so I rolled out of bed and got ready. When I finally stepped outside, I was thrilled to feel brisk, cool air. The race director informed the race participant that timing would be a little weird because she didn't have any timing device. Apparently she had already packed her bag for a triathlon this weekend and she was afraid she would forget her timing device if she pulled it out. So she thought it would be appropriate to look at the oven clock before starting the race, and then, upon finishing, run back down the driveway, onto the back deck, into the kitchen and check the time. Oh, and then she forget to look at the clock before the start. The race director? Not so bright.

After the timing mishap, the race was off. The first mile was a celebration of all things cool weather. I said good morning to the crazy people who walk their dogs by carrying them down the road and checked out the sleeping alpacas.

During the second mile, I started regretting the extra drink or two I had in honor of MCM Mama. But for the third mile, the race course turned onto one of my favorite running roads, and the nice gentle downhill helped me forget my queasiness.

Finally I was on the home stretch. I sprinted the finish line (mailbox) and left it all out on the course.

Per the race director's instructions, I ran into the house to look at the oven clock for my finish time. The clock read 6:47. Now, I don't really understand this timing process, but I'm pretty sure that means I ran a 6:47/mile pace. Damn, I am fast. Or I guess it could mean that the race took me 6 hours and 47 minutes . . .

A few more hours of work and I am off for a fun weekend - State Fair and then my third triathlon. Have a great weekend!

16 comments:

Andrew Opala said...

nice ... what's your handicap?

gmontalvo13 said...

what a great run!

good luck w/your tri!

bobbi said...

great job, and good luck this weekend!!!

Marlene said...

Hilarious race report! Love it!

Have a fantastic time at the fair and good luck at your tri.

onelittletrigirl said...

You are going to do AMAZING, I know it and I cannot wait to hear about it!!!

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

OMG, that is too funny! Great pics, though...

Have fun at the fair, eat something good on a stick for me.

See you Saturday : )

Julie said...

Great race report Heather! Have a great weekend! Kick some butt at your tri:) Maple Grove is having their Tri this weekend too!

BTW, college boy is working at the state fair. He works at a place called Andy's Grille...they are known as the 50's place with the workers who sing and dance to Greece Lighting every hour on the hour:)

DRog said...

You have another Tri?!? nicee work! You have it all goin on right now! Im going to try and avoid the fair this year
-Derek

P said...

LMAO!! What a great race report! Good luck at your tri this weekend!!

Becka said...

Love your sunrise picture!

Jeri said...

best. recap. ever. what were you drinking? reminds me of an old fave--> squirt and midori sour. MMMMM. :D

Diana said...

Nice race report!
Good luck on the triathlon!

Kayla said...

Good luck on the tri! Also enjoy the state fair for me. I was just visiting MN but left the day the fair started :(

LMC said...

Funny race report! Good job getting out the door after a celebratory evening. Hope your Tri went well for you!! Looking forward to that report too.

Ali said...

Well done, looking forward to hearing about the weekend!

Love the double fisted cocktail pic!

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Heather, did you have a pink and black polka dot swim cap on for the swim? We have lots of pictures of you heading out for the swim. I can post them and you can swipe them if you want : )