Monday, February 9, 2009

Davis Stampede


So, after pushing it for 8 3/4 miles on Saturday, what else to do but run a a half marathon on Sunday? The rest of Team Library Dork were going to be in Davis, CA for the Davis Stampede and, well, it was pretty much right on my way home. So, after a evening of beer and hot tubs, I got up at 2:30 AM and drove 5 hours to Davis. Made it JUST in time to register, pin my bib on, meet Amber and Chris, and get to the starting line. Chris was sitting out injured, so I had a nice Jog through Davis with Amber. Crazy town - seemed like there were more bike paths than streets there - at least, the half marathon course was more on paths than on the road. More great weather - although I think it rained later on Sunday, we started out in the low 50s and ended in the mid 60's. Perfect.

Funny thing - a bit of our run was actually below sea level. Don't know when the last time I did that was...


So, I have a confession. About a quarter mile from the finish, some guy passed us and mumbled "good job" as he passed. I let him go a bit, then told Amber I had to make a final push. I had more left in the tank than I've ever had, and put some serious speed through into the finish - like when you're going so fast you feel like you're floating. I passed a bunch of people , including that guy (who, looking at the results, were probably running the 10K anyway - there was only one person between Amber and I in the half results..) So, yeah - I'm THAT guy - the one who blows everyone away with a sprint at the finish. Sorry. It was kinda fun though...

After the race, we all made a side trip to Fleet Feet, a running SUPERstore compared to anything in Reno. Glad I didn't have my wallet with me, or I would've bought a bunch of stuff I don't need. Then we caravanned up to Auburn for a visit to BevMo - basically, a huge liquor store that has stuff we can't get in Reno. I picked up an Abyss, a Flemish sour ale, North Coast's Belgian, and a couple of other things. Had a little lunch, then somehow made it back to Reno for some serious laundry action.

2 comments:

Peter Lubbers said...

"Good job," Turi!
Sounds like a great weekend of running.

Funny, the word verification for this post is bel Turi...

SnowLeopard said...

Turi, that was TOTALLY cool of you to get up that stupid early to run a half the day after another race! It always helps my paces when I have someone to chat with. :) I completely enjoyed my day with you and Chris~