Runner of the Week

Hey, Look, It’s Me (Again…)!

In another edition of Alanna’s Shameless Self-Promotion I’m featured today on Long Legs on the Loose!  

If you live under a rock haven’t been reading Katye’s blog it’s definitely one you should check out.  She is an amazing runner who ran her first marathon last year.  She travels to all sorts of awesome places to race which helps feed my armchair traveler tendencies.  And she is a fundraising phenom!  Katye has raised money and coached for Team In Training (Leukemia/Lymphoma).   She is currently raising funds for her trip to BOSTON (!) where she will be running as a charity runner for both the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress and Back On My Feet.  In the past year both Katye and her family raised $30,000 for charity!  You can’t help but be inspired by that!  


I’m A (Virtual) Race Bandit

But before I get to that there’s great news!  After groveling begging and pleading inquiring nicely Courtney at Run, Courtney, Run has featured me as her “Runner Of The Week”!  Yay Me!

Now, back to my first experience being a race bandit.*  Adam, over at I am Boring/The Boring Runner, hosted the Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K Virtual Race this weekend.  The goal was to run 5 kilometres.  That was pretty much it.  If I had been living in Arizona I could have gone for a run with a group of people, but I don’t, so I didn’t…  I meant to sign up (really I did), but I usually work on Saturdays and figured that it wouldn’t work out.  I found out that I was scheduled to work on Sunday instead yet I still didn’t sign up.  My excuse is that I was too lazy to let Adam know it must have sold out.

The Report (such as it is):

Where:  Suburban boonies.  
Route:  The figure-8 up the river, past the rec centre, up the big hill (Colin pushed the stroller, I walked – much needed hill repeats start in 4 weeks!), along some busy roads, back to the river and home.
Virtual Distance/Time:  5km in 40:46.  That’s taking the first 5km since it’s a better result that the last 5. 
Actual Distance/Time:  13km in 1:53:24. 

I told Colin to remind me to bring the camera so I had proof of running, but that didn’t pan out.  I barely got out the door due to my cold, we left later than we should have, and well, we have a 3 year old.  The camera was on the bottom of my list and I’m pretty sure Colin had forgotten altogether.  Here is my feeble artist’s rendering of our run.

This was a very slow run (see reason for forgetting camera).  The best thing I can say about it was that we completed it.  However, I have to say Thank You to Adam because I don’t think I would have even left the house if I had not wanted to bandit his race!


*I have to state here that I don’t think I’d ever actually bandit a race (not pay, but run anyways).  It would seem far too much like stealing to me and I’d feel guilty if I had to look at a medal knowing that I didn’t really earn it.