I wrote the rest of this post last Sunday - general recap of the craziness that passes for my life!
Last Saturday morning, members of our running club provided support for the Buffalo Stampede half marathon - last year I ran this race when it was (only) a 10 miler. This year they expanded the course to make it a half. Many of the people training for a full marathon ran the half, and the halfs, including Jeff, got up extra early to run their nine miles before the race. Part of our group manned a water station, while Coach Dale, Jeff and I worked the turn-around point. We made signs to encourage the runners:
Our homage to the movie Anchorman...
Coach Dale trying to slow down the drivers that were doing 60 MPH in the lane right next to the runners. This was a bad course - I didn't like it last year and it was worse this year as the runners were on the access road for an even longer distance.
Jeff and I wore our pineapple hats - and funny thing, we were recognized by my former trainer Linda, who was driving by (and honked!) on the freeway!
The green shirt is coach AJ - he was so fast that I didn't end up getting a picture as he approached. He placed 4th in his age group - so close to taking home a trophy! He's trying to qualify for Boston with our December marathon, and I bet he'll make it.
Being on this side of a race is fun - we high-fived many of the runners as they rounded the cone, and got quite a lot of "thank you's" from them...plus they gave us thumbs up on the signs,which we had posted so they could read them coming and going. After the last runner came through, we went to the finish line and got to see most of our running group come in (speedy AJ was already done). It was a good day, but I am itching to get back out there and run a race!
Last Saturday afternoon, I got a text from (running club coach) Joni, saying that TJ Maxx had four pairs of men's Thorlo Experia socks for $5.99 each - less than half price! Jeff and I hopped in the car and texted Joni that we were on our way. Then she texted that she'd sent the info to both us and (running club coach) AJ - and the race was on! The store was a mere 1.1 mile from our house - surely we would beat AJ. But we hit a red light! Arghhh! Just like in the Amazing Race!! Longest.Red Light.Ever. As the light finally turned green, we made plans - Jeff would drop me at the door so I could run in and snag the socks. Now, AJ is fast, but he'd run a half marathon that morning and I was pretty confident I could beat him in a foot race, bum ankle and all. We made it there first only because AJ mistakenly went to Steinmart first (classic Amazing Race mistake, going to the wrong location). We got the socks, but had planned on splitting the bounty with him all along. When AJ and his wife Brandi walked in the store, we waved them over and had a good laugh at our craziness. I took a picture of Jeff and AJ to send to Joni, but of course I have to share it here...and also, in another example of what the teams in the Amazing Race do, we were all in matching shirts - Jeff and I in our running club shirts, and AJ and Brandi in their race shirts from the Buffalo Stampede. Yes, I'm sure we looked quite nerdy to everyone else in the store...or MAYBE they thought we really were on the Amazing Race! Nah...
Oh, I also wanted to tell you about the snake in my house - yes, the snake that I apparently walked past, three times, BAREFOOTED, one morning last week (before I had the surgery). Ack and eek! Paco alerted me to it by barking a different bark than he normally does - I was in the kitchen, getting the cat food ready, when I heard the "there's a bad thing happening here!" bark. I peeked around the doorway to see him facing a greenish/brown snake!!! It wasn't huge, but it wasn't exactly small, either. And? It was getting close to my bedroom! Believe me, if that had happened, I would have been outside, calling animal control on my cell phone, to come find it. I grabbed the pair of barbeque tongs (since they are longer than our regular tongs) and stretching my arm as far away from my body as I could, picked up the snake, which then turned its head toward me - EEEEEK! Paco was barking, I was (slightly) screaming, the cats were completely useless, as I carried the snake to the front door, walked out a few steps, and threw the snake and the tongs onto the lawn. EEEK! I had the heebie-jeebies for the rest of the day! No idea how it got into my house, but we had a thunderstorm during the night, and maybe it got freaked out when rain actually fell? Any case, that was quite the exciting start to my morning, and, as I told my pool buddy Nancy, I got my cardio in waaay before I started swimming!
Have a great weekend!
Have a great weekend!