I missed the last two weeks of Saturday Snapshot. Two weeks ago I was in the cities getting ready for a 7K and last Saturday I was buried in books at the Spring Library sale.
Today I thought I would share about the 7K.
When I say really cool words like “7K”, a lot of people will say to me, “I didn’t know you are a runner!”
My response, “I am not. I am a runner want to be.”
I want to say for the record, I blame the books. Over the past couple of years I have read some pretty good books on running. Those that can run… fascinate me. Their bodies get lean, their heart rates and over all health improve… they talk of a “runners high” and they can go on and on and on for miles… in some of those books, they would run like 100 miles in a day….
they are my heroes.
So… here I am FAR on the other side of the spectrum. I have running gear. I do ok on the treadmill… I have not yet mastered running.
SO this is before the 7k (which by the way is 4.34 miles). It was SUPER cold that morning… I don’t even recall but we were dancing in the freezing air before go time… don’t let the sun in the picture fool you. On the far left is my cousin’s wife Farrah, my cousin Jarrod, my friends Sheila and Belinda, Belinda’s cousin and wife – April and Ryan, and then me.
Over 11,000 people were registered for this run… close to 10,000 showed up. This is as we walked towards the starting gate.
We were not that far back from the start but I heard it took 26 minutes to get everyone across the starting line. We wore a chip on our tennis shoes that activated from a mat we step on when going across the starting line and then it gives out time when we cross the line at the end. Kind of cool.
This is my friend Sheila who I ran most of the race with (until her pace kicked my pace – I need to fast walk occasionally at this stage in the game and she can keep a nice steady pace). At the end the water they had for us was freezing in the glasses! If you look close you can see that she has the chunk of ice in her mouth. 😀
At the end we were all able to hang out at this Irish Pub which was kind of cool. SO MANY people there… had to be over 1,000. Here a few of the group are showing the “pie” medal we all received for doing the run – you can also see the hoodies that April and Ryan are wearing – this was also something each participant received.
My pie 😀 The first of 4 from the Ortho events this year.
Overall – the run was fun to hang out with friends, but the cold sucked. I warmed up quickly while running but soon discovered I have training to do before I am going to be any kind of rock star at running. I finished the 7k at 51 minutes. I believe the best time in our group was Jarrod at around 35 minutes. He is training for a triathlon.
So that’s my Saturday Snapshot for today. Check out more Saturday Snapshots at Alyce’s At Home With Books. I do not have a lot going on this Easter weekend as Justin (College Son) has to work so he will not be home and Brad is in Florida in the Navy. It will just be Al and I and I think tonight we may watch the Hobbit. 😀