Hello from vacation! Erin, three of my cousins, and I got up bright and early this morning to run a 5K, after a late Fourth of July celebration on the beach last night. Waking up to the alarm before the sun comes up on these race day mornings often leads me to wonder why I do this stuff, especially on vacation. But I do it again and again, so either I have a pathetic memory or there’s something I love about it.
I must say that the Race of the Day award goes to Erin! After surprising us last week by taking two minutes off her previous 5K time, Erin shaved off yet another minute today! She finished in 26:26, a full three minutes faster than her Bel Air Town Run time. And still with no running in between races, just biking. Go figure.
I beat my previous time by one second, finishing in 19:15. Considering how flat today’s course was and how hard I’ve been training for the past month, this is a little disappointing. I chalk it up to the fact that I didn’t keep an even pace, running the first mile in 5:53, and essentially walking after that (ok, I exaggerate). On the plus side, I ran my fastest mile ever (that one), and even better, I placed second in my age group. So I got a medal for that, which was a first for me, if you don’t count the finishers medals that they give to everyone at the end of marathons and halfs. And the medal doubles as a bottle opener (no joke), so I may just have to wear it around for the rest of my vacation!
My cousins Kelley, Connie, and Jon also ran good races today, and we all skipped the post-race beer and wings to get some coffee afterward (it was only 8:30 a.m., which is a little early to start hitting the bottle, even on vacation). Here we all are looking much happier than we actually felt:
A good number of people asked about our No Meat Athlete shirts today and whether they were for sale, and it hurt me to have to tell them “not yet,” since I’ve been procrastinating on this for a while. Apparently, getting a few price quotes and then being lazy doesn’t cause the shirts to start printing themselves, so I’m going to get on this now and I’ll have them available soon.
By the way, my interview on WOCM’s The Rude Awakening morning show on Friday went well. And when I say “went well,” I mean that there were no FCC violations, I didn’t speak at a million words per second, and I wasn’t one of those oblivious guests that the hosts make fun of the whole time (unless I was just oblivious, hmm…). And I have a digital recording of it, so once I figure out how to post it, I’ll do that.
Alright, back to the beach! It’s a little cloudy today, but hopefully it will clear up. And if not, I’ll just have to break out my new bottle opener/medal and start happy hour a little early to celebrate everyone’s great race.