Friday, October 2, 2009

10k details... been meaning to post for ages - Great Race

Typed this all on Sunday and never posted it.

so last night i was getting all stressed...not knowing what time to get there, where to park, etc. and feared that things would go wrong
i couldn't sleep well at all
i checked the weather last night and saw 39% chance of rain (hah)

this morning i woke up, got ready to go and couldn't find my bus pass. i thought you needed the pass. i spent 20 min looking for it. it fell out of the bag yesterday in the car. if i knew you could just pay 2 bucks again i would have done that.
so then i leave... and forget water. and vitamin water.
so then i park...
walk to the shuttle (bus) line
wait there for over 50 min
on the shuttle to the start line at 9:28.... race starts at 9:30
i got off the shuttle and had to walk up the hill to the back of the start line... but i didn't do that. i cut over in the middle.
got there at 9:41... the race started a little late to accommodate how the bus lines were crazy
so i did not get to stretch or warm up.
i jogged in place after the gun was fired... and then i did quads and by that time it was time to run.
it started raining at this point.. 5 min later it stopped raining.
way too many people. boxed in.

13 min in, jess frick (friend in high school who graduated in 2001 and i haven't seen her since) saw me and recognized me from behind. when i turned to say hi to her, i knocked my phone out of my pocket. so i carried it the rest of the way until it started pouring and then i tried to hide it in my clothes (bra). the phone is all scratched now.

during the run people were on the sides cheering and some playing music. someone was playing polkas
apparently a high school kid ran barefoot. i didn't see him.
i saw the guy running with the cake though -- guy w/o a shirt and on his back it said "Happy Birthday Me" and he had on a party hat... and he carried a sheet cake. this guy beat me by far.

part of the race was on the parkway which was interesting. i tried to take pictures on my iphone but it was too rainy and i was moving so they are blurry
then i finished and we had to migrate over so more people can finish.
i got water. they had a hose filling up a garbage can and dipped the cups in that can.
they had tents of bananas and cookies but i did not see them. i wish i had. i was starving.

around the 5th mile my orthotic was jabbing into my arch.. like the edge of it. i got a 1 inch cut on my foot from it. i didn't think i'd end up with a cut but i actually did

we met the people from the gym at work and took a group picture. we planned this. but apparently nobody planned to have a camera. we used my iphone. so then we used others iphones. everyone wasn't in my picture.

then i walked to the parking garage
and went in the wrong garage
then i had to go to the right one. go to the car. get money and my ticket. wait in line 30 min to pay .
then go to my floor. and get in line to leave. waited an hour before leaving the parking garage. stupid line (58 min in line to leave the garage)

then i came to my parents and ate and waited hours for kristin and her baby to show up. kristin just left which is why i didn't get to type this sooner

and my phone keeps dying/freezing and timmy has to fix it. i fear the rain ruined it.


  1. cynic2022 (LiveJournal)October 2, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    I'm going to read this in a little bit when I have time (and then comment again) but I wanted to comment to say HOORAY that you posted! ;)

  2. smilincolleen (LiveJournal)October 2, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    at least someone is interested and reading my stuff.

  3. cynic2022 (LiveJournal)October 3, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    I think I need a nap just reading that! Quite an adventure.

    It's funny you met up with Jess. I saw on face book that you both were running. At least one person I knew in HS was running also (Ashley Androkovitch) but after reading that I'm really glad I didn't. I'm TOTALLY not there yet with the running.

  4. anonymous (LiveJournal)October 3, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    I'll run a 5k with you. We can go at your pace.

    Colleen - not signed in. Oops