Nope, this weekend wasn't about running 26.2 miles but rather being there for those who were.
Saturday was a blog-fest lunchie downtown at the Rock Bottom Brewery. The famous rainbow unicorn bloggerman, Adam, was in town with his muy preggo (and very, very nice) wife so us Denverites had to show him that we chicks are REAL people and just as fun in person as on computerland - and get some quick carbs in Adam (and Beth's husband who was running the half). Bless Adam's wife who had to sit there and listen to relentless running talk for almost 2 hours.
|Pre-race carb-loading. Why yes, those not running still|
need to carb-load, it's a requirement when you lunch
with anyone who is racing the next day
(Adam, yours truly, Tara, Ken (Beth's sidekick), Beth)
It was really fun to meet Adam, and I was fortunate enough to find him along the course the next day and got a little speedwork in when I ran a few steps with him of his neck-breaking PR pace.
After lunch, Tara and I popped over to the expo, ya know, just cuz we're runners (or once runners - whaaa) and that's what nerdy runners do, check out all latest running gear. We heard the tail end of a seminar with Alan Culpepper and Frank Shorter and Tara managed to show her innocent (??) youth by not knowing who Frank Shorter was. Youngsters, sheesh!! Though I couldn't tell you one thing I actually learned (other than Frank Shorter is not a believer in the Barefoot movement, even gave some evidence of it not - but I DON'T want to get into that heated debate!) it was still cool to be in their presence and listen to their incredible stories. After the seminar, I managed to talk Tara into keeping Colorado's economy afloat by persuading her to buy all the things I wished *I* could buy. Gotta love that girl!
Sunday came dark and early when my neighbor, Jim, and his family arrived at 5:15am to pick me up. Jim was running the marathon; it was his 2nd marathon and he had redemption on his agenda after becoming dehydrated last year in the same race and um, not ending that race very pretty. What can I say, I'm a softie and when he asked if I would help reel him in at various points along the course, of course I agreed.
|Thank Gawd Jim's wife bought some Brook shoes so|
Jim could use the Brooks elite bathrooms. Who
doesn't want to pee like a Rock Star?!
Of course I always think you learn something in every race, even those you don't run. Here's what I learned about Denver:
- Study course map beforehand when offering to pace someone. If nothing else, at least LOOK at the map beforehand, especially when the course was changed this year.
- Never ever ever ever ever ever ever lose the bottom half of the one and only copy of the course map you do have, showing where miles 22-finish are, at mile 21.
- Never suggest to a XC child who has been home sick for two days vomiting that it would be a "good idea" to come along and help pace.
- Never suggest McDonalds as an alternative to not eating breakfast.
- Even if runner looks like total crap at mile 26, you tell them they look awesome and stress how proud you are of their efforts!
- Chris ROCKED the Des Moines Marathon, despite having a bum knee which totally gave out at mile 22 and landed him with a face plant. He's so freaking awesome. Check out his race report here and give him some love - his knee is being super annoying so he's benched for a few days to figure this out: http://albatross90.blogspot.com/2010/10/bittersweet-rr.html
- Andrew, despite me NOT hiring any short skirts to run in front of him, cranked out a fabulous10K, his very first 10K and second race ever. Way to go, Andrew, very happy for you: http://runningmanwannabe.blogspot.com/2010/10/waterloo-10k-race-report.html
- Sooo, registration for Boston was yesterday, as you are all well aware. Was I one of the crazed 25,000 souls on the internet repeatedly trying to register? I'm sure you are all in suspense. Some may know from my FB post, but for those that don't, I decided NO. I didn't even pull up the registration page. I can't train the way I want, or need, with my heel the way it is so it's not worth it to me to go back right now. I have some thoughts on this whole BQ thing yesterday...but will share that for next post, I think.
- So, with Boston out, does that mean I'm heading for the 50? Well, again, the heel. Just when I thought thing were going well with it, it reared it's ugly head last week and just paralyzed me; I ended up walking, on my barefoot tippy toes, 3 miles to my house. NOT a fun ordeal. It's doing fine now...but who knows when it will decide to return. For now, I'm just going to run what I can, get back into a wt training routine, and get stronger. Hopefully 2012 will find me back on the race circuit.
- Next week is fall break. HELLO, a whole week off work!!! Don't be hating now!! So what will I be doing, aside from cleaning closets (FUN!). A trip down to New Mexico, perhaps? Climbing another 14er? Visiting Mesa Verde, where I haven't been in ages? Or maybe Rocky Mountain National Park? Who knows...a venture is indeed on the list. Stay tuned.
- Chris K sent me an email: I made his blog roll.
- Today's my half birthday. No need for a party, but cash and gift cards gladly accepted.
happy half birthday. go celebrate :)
hope the heel starts to feel better! sending healing vibes your way :)
It cannot be your half birthday already! Weren't we just in Boston celebrating the whole one like yesterday? I'm eating a tub of cookie dough in your honor. Damn that heel already! Hugs!
Happy Half to you, the check is in the mail!
I love the way you keep moving forward and keeping yourself busy and involved in the running community. We can't keep you down, even with a heel issue!
Enjoy your break next week, we're on break here too for two weeks. Perfect timing for me! Enjoy yours!
Happy Half Birthday! There, I said it! Hahahaha!
You are such a trooper going out to a race you couldn't run, that takes some serious guts - kudos to you.
You already know how I feel about Boston, I can't wait though for 2012! And you're one lucky lady with a whole week off! Enjoy it!
It certainly sounds like you made the most of Denver RnR weekend! Runners know how to live it up, running or not. Now I hope that darn heel of yours starts cooperating SOON! Enjoy Fall Break! Didn't you just have the whole summer off? Jeez! ;)
Barefoot tippy toes, is that a new attempt to get around the heel problem? Happy half birthday!
Happy half birthday!!
Happy 1/2 Birthday! Your present is in the mail! ;)
Sounds like a fun party at altitude!
Sure hope you get that heel thing figured out and taken care of. :( injuries stink.
Nice meet up! You get to cheer on so many runners.
You need a replacement heel! grrrr. BUT no Boston should mean 50!! I hope you can get (and stay) healthy!
Happy 1/2 birthday!
Happy Half Birthday!!!
Mesa Verde?? Take pics!!
The meetup sounds like it was fun! I wish I could have joined all of you! Maybe next time! :)
I'm sorry about your heel. I really hope it gets better soon!
And, yeah, losing a map just sucks!
Booo...heel! Glad you got to meet up with some friends and help out Jim. I would totally be that person who lost the pertinent portion of the map!
Happy half birthday...the gift card's in the mail. :)
Way to keep your spirits up and help others. I truly hope your heel issues will get solved quickly.
Just wondering. Has anyone ever suggested Heel That Pain OTC orthotics to you?
Hahaha! I am sooo glad someone signed up for the VIP porta potties!
Congrats to your runners!!!
And Happy Half Birthday! Do we need to go out for cake??
Happy half birthday! What was your half birthday wish? A full new heel. I sure hope that darn thing starts healing soon! You're quite thoughtful to still get out to meet and cheer other runners. Have a great week off!
Do they do heel replacements? Let's let them experiment with the procedure on us! My baby has a stress fracture! Too much injury out there. Loved your spectator report. Glad you got lots of carbo loading in.
I think I need to start celebrating my half birthday too! Happy Half Birthday to you:)
I love the picture of your little blogger meet up! Everyone looks like they are having a blast! I would of totally gone to the expo too:)
Take care Jill! Hugs to you!
Great post on the Denver Marathon. I'm a little upset that you didn't document the Brooks exquisite porta potty in more detail. It's fascinating.
Also, did Adam at I am Boring make any distinction between the male or female gender of his unicorn? In his post the other day I was left with so-o-o many questions.
Have a great Wednesday!
i read the whole post but all my brain can muster right now is HAPPY HALF BIRTHDAY! i sent you a present, it must've gotten lost with that wedding present you sent me... ;)
Sorry to hear about the heel. I need to get caught up. Been out of the loop for too long.
Half a Happy Birthday wish to you. You'll get the other half a wish in April. I'm with Frank on the barefoot running craze. But mine is not researched based. It's because I cry like a baby when I step on a pepple! Enjoy Fall break and heal the heel. Bubble Boy
Happy half birthday, girl!
Those Brooks elite bathrooms rock pretty hard.
Take care of yourself. ::hugs::
Funzies! You are amazing at making a great story. So I think you should run the Desert Classic marathon with me on January 29. If it's any consolation, after all the physical therapy (which is over as far as insurance), my hip hurts worse and my Achilles are worse. So let's play!
happy half birthday!!!! One and a Half D Glasses on their way!!!
haha LOL your "PR" injury ...
A week off with lists of things to accomplish now Im super envious!
"another 14" you def take advantage of living in CO I never did ANY!
have a great rest of the week
I celebrate half-birthday's too :)
I never thought about celebrating half birthdays. Why not?! I like your revelations from your Denver pacing experience. (And did Brooks actually only let Brooks shoe-wearers use the posh potty?)
So jealous you got to hang with Adam and Beth -- blogger superstars!
What was the difference between the Brooks portapotty and the regular ones?
grr about that dang heel. i hope it resolves soon! sounds like a fun denver rnr weekend!
You forgot to mention that it was the most proud moment of your life to make my Blog roll. No wait, I guess that was me who said that. Funny about that race in Boston...... I am way more interested in qualifying that actually running it. I guess cuz my goal is to qualify, not necessarily run. Anyway, you can run in 2012 with me :-)
I need to volunteer at a race sometime soon, with all my bitching and moaning lately, it's time to pay it forward.
And I've got to look into that half birthday thing.....
OMGosh. I guess they make rock star signs for almost anything these days?! I'd wear a t that said that though. I do hold the family record for the longest pee [you bet cha we timed it]. ;)
Happy half-birthday! I like the list of the things you learned in Denver. Enjoy your break.
I peed like a rock star, in New Orleans. It was cool. Not sure I would pay for it though, someone gave me my sticker.
Oh man!!! For some reason I totally read through this entire post right after you posted it and didn't comment until now! Boooooooo
First, thank you SOOO much for running with me along the course. you have no idea how fun it was to have you.
It is so awesome all of your runner peeps did so well on their races! I'm sure it was because of their awesome coach.
Boston Boston Boston.... I see you have another post about that, so off I go!
Happy Half Birthday (just feels weird to say that)
Looks like you had a good time
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