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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Silver Liningness Sunday

Greetings on this beautiful sunny winter Sunday!  Really, I wish you could see the views today.  After two or three days of clouds-fog-snow  (Clofo snow?), the mist finally left leaving behind a post-card perfect view of the world!

GOT ME A BEER MUG!
And strangely enough, I found myself spending the morning running the local Super Half-Marathon.

A little over a week ago,  I was at a meeting of that local PEO chapter I've been stalking.  One of my sisters there likes to do marathons and half-marathons and she urged me to do this one.

The Super Half?  Well, I'm not really... well, maybe I'll think about it.

So I ended up signing up on Thursday, then Mother Nature commenced to continually dumping snow on us over the next two and a half days.

Ironically, my PEO sis didn't make it!  She lives up in the mountain boonies and was kinda snowed in.  Too bad because it turned out to be a beautiful day for it.  The course was pretty well snow-covered, and a few miles were a real slog, but still good times!

Maybe I'll give a runnerly review later on, but for now, the stats:

time:  1:48:46
20th overall female out of 189
65th overall human out of 357

I got 2nd place in my age group, but I also know of two women in the next older age group who placed ahead of me.  One is a friend of mine who is FIERCE!  I notice we old lady runners tend to watch out for each other...

SHIRT,  MUG,  PRETTY SAFETY PINS


I'm happy with how I did considering I've never done one and two weeks ago, I would've said, "Whachu talkin' bout, half maraton??""

Must give credit to the hat.

And I'm grateful for my friend putting the idea in my head, because it was quite fun, and the day was pretty.
 Plus I got some loot.




In other Silver Liningness news, Meego got his official honor roll bumper sticker this week, thus maxing out.  I think I've mentioned before that I don't do bumper stickers in general, and I DEFINITELY don't do "My Child is an Honor Student at..." bumper stickers.  Not dissing those who do, it's just not in my Mom code.






However, I do think it's worth a nod, so we've put the kids' stickers on our bedroom door.  They can get one per year of middle school.  Note that we now have eight, not eligible for any more.  The reason there are not nine?  Well, Chaco had a bumperstickerless semester one year.


We laugh about it.  Now.











And lastly, I want to give a shout out to the bus people again ("bus" is the non-fancy word for bus.  "Metro" being the fancy one).  Travel was really nasty this week.  Even though I can now ride the friendly bike path to school, there was still about three miles of slop between my house and the bike path trailhead, so I was back on the bus for a good portion of this week.

Beats driving and fighting for parking.







And now, I hear there's a football game later today.  Maybe I'll check out the commercials.

*Magnum tells me the SuperBowl starts at 4:20 our time.  How appropriate...

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18 comments:

  1. A spur of the moment half-marathon? I'm impressed! Way to go! Glad the weather was cooperative and congratulations on your fantastic finish!

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    1. Thanks :). It's probably good it was so last minute, I wouldn't want to be thinking about it too much.

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  2. Mega congrats on the half! Although, I gotta admit I am highly jealous of the 1:48. Not to shabby a pace for someone who hasn't been prepping for it. I am sure the hat made all the difference. I would kill for a sub 2:00 run but, then again, I am a slow, old fat man. Glad to hear you aced the course and looking forward to the review. I am sure it was a walk in the park for you. Sorry about the game. Not the outcome I had hoped for.

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    1. Slow, old fat man? Whose done SIX? It's not something I planned to do, but your recent (and past) reviews piqued my interest into participating in one of the worst parades ever.

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  3. How awesome! Congratulations--wow.

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    1. Thanks, it wasn't exactly Dead Woman's Pass (thankfully!), but I had a pretty good time.

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  4. What an amazing performance! Bet there were a few noses put out of joint by the newcomer coming in so fast!

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    1. Ha, that's funny to ponder! But I think, in general, the "inner core" of this group is pretty friendly. They gave out beer mugs for prizes afterall!

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  5. Congratulations! You're an inspiration I'm too lazy to follow :) And congrats for all the honor student stickers too. I feel your pain and loss for Jansen. I still grieve for Crusty and that's been quite a while now, and I never did find a crayfish that crawled under a rock and never emerged again. Let's blame aliens.

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    1. Ha, love your opening sentences! Jansen and Crusty - hopefully their new planets are nice ones.

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  6. Happy, happy, happy for you! What fun that must be - running and zipping past people... ohhh, the runner's high you must have gotten.

    The schools have had the same, shiny bumper stickers all those year. Must have gotten a deal.

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    1. I noticed that too about those bumper stickers. Some variety over the years might be nice!
      And thanks for the support :). I did *pass* a few other runners, but "zipping" isn't the word that comes to mind...

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  7. Woohoo! High Five! I'm not surprised you could finish a spur of the moment half-marathon in such a great time. You pretty well train every day with all your running and biking.
    You're right about Agg's reviews. They always get me motivated too. I have a 10 mile race coming up and I'm super excited. It's been a year since I've entered any kind of race. I forget how fun they are. And MAYBE I'll sign up for another 1/2 in October. Seems like a fun birthday present to myself.

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    1. I figured it was a doable thing, and I knew I wouldn't be with the front runners. Like I told Magnum, it was time to test the theory. A 10-miler sounds like fun!

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  8. You GO Girl! I did a half once (met my sub-2hr goal *ahem*)....but that was a decade ago. No way the joints can hang today. Just wait'll you get to be my age....or better yet, my weight.

    So guess it's back to the couch.....toss the remote over here, please!

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    1. But... I'll never be your age. Unless you get in one of them special space ships.

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  9. OMG! I love that photo of you! You look so cute and so happy! Congrats on running the Super-Half-Marathon! You're a rock star!


    Yay for Meego too! Kudos on the honor roll!

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    1. Aw, thanks Meleah. It's a "Mug" shot - heh. :P

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