Hey, I have a running blog! Why didn't someone remind me?
OK, it was no one's fault but my own that I haven't posted here for a month or so. Haven't been running much, unmotivated generally - just basically being lame.
So, to shock my body into getting back on track, I signed up for the half marathon at the Davis Stampede - then proceeded to not run for two weeks before it. So I was kind of destined for a "sufferfest," as Gretchen would put it.
TLD all met on Saturday afternoon, and I drove over the pass - I was the only one who hadn't worked that day. We had dinner in Citrus Heights, then found our hotel in West Sacramento, where Chris proceeded to fart on everyone and everything. Rocket powered, that guy.
We got up in the morning, blazed into Davis and got a parking spot about a block from the big park that's race central. Got all set, then Dave and Amber lined up for the 5K which started at 8, while Chris warmed up for the 10K, which started with the half at 8:10. And we were off.
So, obviously, everyone had to wait around for me. Chris ran his half in 34 something, good for second place, and Dave and Amber ran between 26 and 28 minutes - scoring Amber an age group first! She and Chris picked up their goodies (keychains, hats and pants) and they lazed around drinking lattes and stuff while I was out there dying. About an hour and a half later, I came in - nice to get cheered into the finish like that (and flashed by Chris...)
Everyone waited patiently while I wheezed, grabbed some water and a bagel and changed, then we wandered over to Fleet Feet so I could see if they had any good sales on shoes. (I really needed to replace my road shoes.) They were running the same pick-a-key, choose-a-locker contest as last year. Amber struck out, and Chris won a crappy tote bag. Then it was my turn, and I won - a pair of shoes! New Balance something-or-others - never tried the brand before, so now I'm looking forward to it.
We'd wasted enough time at this point that Sudwerk was almost open, so we headed there and had lunch. A shared taster of all their beers, and a pint or two with a pizza and I was really glad that Amber offered to drive home. But first there was the obligatory stop at Total Wine with coupons provided by Dave - and I managed to hold myself to $20 worth of beer there.
Fun trip, and I hope the sufferfest and the new shoes motivate me to get out there for some more miles. Further bulletins as events warrant...