Saturday, November 26, 2005

holy buckets, it's Saturday



You would think by my constant lack of consistency that I don't like to blog-fact is, I'm blogging all the time in my head. As I zip along through my days numerous things cross my mind that should be archived into print. It's not a lack of material, it's a lack of time. So, in brief, Thanksgiving was great-we started the day with the Arena 5K-this would be my 11th running and Hyphen Girls first Turkey trot. Unfortunately for her, the normal temp hovers around 35 degrees-this morning we woke to a blustrey 9 with a 0 wind chill. For those of you in the balmy states-that is cold, but not yet damn cold. We save damn for when Hell freezes over and dumps the waste on our front lawn. But it is cold when you are going out to run your first Turkey Trot.


The race begins at the home of the wayward T Wolves and chugs down Hennepin Ave, across the Mississippi-I can no longer feel my nose or cheeks-River, winds east a few blocks and then returns on the Third Avenune-my feet feel like I've just T2'd-bridge. At mile 2.1 HG is getting ear aches from the cold wind, so I do what any mom that was determined to get her daughter to the finish line would do, I stripped down to my jog bra, pulling off my hoodie, give her the hoodie and get her ears tightly covered and throw my shirt back on. I thought about finishing the race in my jog bra with these guys, but I had dinner to cook and I couldn't get sick. The final mile winds past the Humpty Dome and heads back to the Target Center. As we passed the dome the regular refrain from HG was, "I'm thirsty, where is the water stop?" There are no water stops. "But I'm thirsty" That's because you're overheating in my hoodie and my mammary glands are frozen so keep moving! Needless to say we walked a total of 3 times for about 10 steps and finished in 32:XX-a 16 minute improvement over the summer 5K. I think it helped immensely that once we returned to Hennepin Ave and could see the finish HG broke into weird running movie fanatasy and kicked it home. Of course I was very proud of her-she ran a good race.

For my part, this was the first race I've run since signing up for IMFL. I can just begin to feel Florida now. As the voice of the race talked the runners through the pre run rituals, make your way to the starting line, etc I could sense Florida. There are a lot of races and training before next November, but I'm starting to feel Florida-and it feels good. I can't feel my fingers or toes but what are going to do?

Did a 2500 swim-20 min 2.4 mile run and core blitz this am with Trihubby.

Tomorrow- The Walmart .5K, the hunt for Christmas in a blizzard and a few more Thanksgiving items.










10 comments:

Comm's said...

Great report and we must discuss the visuals you write about.

Bolder said...

yes, i agree with Comm, ...

Walmart .5K -- that's a classic.

Mommymeepa said...

Tell your daughter AWESOME job!!

Melissa

Kewl Nitrox said...

You are a fantastic Mom. What a way to lead by example!

And you know this "blogging in your head" thing? I do that too. In my case, it seems to come out betta in my head than in the blog though... :)

Flatman said...

Awesome report! You've got to be the coolest mom ever!

Ellie said...

You describe my own "mental blogging" exactly!! I do the same thing, all the time!

The Spandex-King said...

Is it spring?? Oh well at least for a day. Damn, 50 feels good. The Kahuna will never understand that last statment. 50, feel good?? Only in the Midwest. Great job on the run. My 12 year old daughter is training with me. She is going to run a 5k in December and goes with me to the pool. Training with your family is so cool. Stay Warm!!
The King

Mia said...

The Turkey runs are so much fun! I ran with my 14 year old dauther this year also. Tell your daughter great finish and keep up the good work! I blog in my head too and it never comes out in my blog the same way. That kinda sucks for me because I mostly sound like a dork which, according to my daughter, I am.

BuckeyeRunner said...

Great report! Yeah for HG! What a good runner she is. Uh, and judging from the picture of the two lobster-like runners, it was DARN cold, and you are a GREAT mom!!

Wil said...

If I have to see Melanies chest and Jessi's ass everywhere, I think some guys, who are all red for some reason, in back speedos and such are just fine. Yeah. :) Awesome report, very nice photos - heh.