Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Additional RnR San Diego Thoughts

A collection of random thoughts that didn't make it into the race report:

Good:
  • 3:30 pacer - Off and on for the first 10 miles I ran with the 3:30 pacer. Inevitably, I asked him what his "normal" marathon pace was. His answer: 2:25. As in a F'ing 5:32 pace marathon. You could really tell that he was struggling to keep himself at the 8:00 pace. He'd creep up to about a 7:15, look down at his Farmin 201 brick and then slow it down to 8:15 for the rest of the mile.
  • Elvi in coral 2 - The rock and roll group let anyone dressed up as Elvis start in Coral 2. In what I can only assume was a self preservation strategy, they all met up at mile #1 and presumably waited for some of the fasties to pass. Good on you Elvis. Next stop: Kick the nasty pills habit.
  • The Medal - Totally forgot to post a picture of this yesterday. It has glitter - although, that may have just rubbed off from me. I like my chest to sparkle....like my personality.
(Click picture to enlarge)

Bad:
  • My camera - Yeah, I forgot my camera. Out of all the things to forget, I gotta think that this was item #3 on the suck list (#1 on the list being body glide, #2 being my Garmin....note that pants/underwear don't come into the list until #8 or #9...if even then). So, I did what anyone else would do and bought one at Target and am planning to take it back. Am I proud of that? No. Will it work? Probably.
  • My White Shirt - My wife said that my white shirt was next to impossible to find in the crowd. I wonder if it would be easier to see me in black:


Ugly:
  • Pavement meeting area - In what sort of sick and perverted circles does having 30,000 runners meet up with their families in a parking lot after running 13/26 miles sound like a good idea? "Lets see....how can we make a great race bad? Put 'em in a sweltering parking lot with no shade? Good good... what about no where to sit down but on the pavement?? Even better!! Throw in a 1.7 mile walk or a 1.5 hour line for the shuttles!? **evil orgasm**"
  • Lost a water bottle - I sweat. Unfortunately, I guess some of my sweat lubed up one of my water bottles because the little sucker jumped out of my belt when I wasn't paying attention. When I realized that it was gone, it was gone for good. In fact, this happened two other times but I realized it and ran back to get them.
  • iPod full of Tween - I am only slightly embarrassed to admit that I filled my iPod with a bunch of musical junk food in prep for the race. Unfortunately, my iPod died about half an hour into listening to it (I started it around mile 16 or 17). Maybe it didn't like what it was playing? Let me know what YOU think. Be the judge:
Katy Perry - California Gurls
Tio Cruz & Ludacris - Break Your Heart
B.O.B. - Nothin' on You
Timbaland - Carry Out
Spose - I'm Awesome


Planning on getting out for a run tomorrow. Test out the legs with 4 or 5 solid recovery miles. Back on the horse!!

28 comments:

Chad said...

Nice playlist. Why no Justin Bieber?

Jill said...

Your posts crack me up. Great race but sorry there were a few not so great things.

There is a group of bloggers meeting for dinner in Seattle the night before R&R...Tall Mom is planning it. Just in case you are interested.

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

First of all, sorry about the multiple comments yesterday! Sheesh, embarrassing! Lol on the Elvi running, should have gotten a picture (oh yeah, forgot that one, lol)

I agree that your wife would definitely appreciate your running as Darth Vader, but the sweat may have just about killed everyone else!

I have to admit I have that California Gurls song stuck in my head. But, I have a 15 year old son. What's your excuse? I am guessing the iPod was disgusted and shut down : )

Good luck on your run!

Jill said...

Yep, 8 years ago when I ran that sucker, we sat in a concrete parking lot for hours to catch a shuttle...nothing's changed. I'm surprised Darth didn't pass out from heat exhaustion in that outfit and shame on your water bottle jumping ship!! I do like the glittery swag, though ... very cool medal! The one from 8 years ago sucked.

Rad Runner said...

Ha, ha ha, your ipod stopped working on purpose, you are to clever, I see it now, just crossing its little imaginary I-Pod Arms, shaking its little ipod face.. Great visual!

Great job speed DemoN!

kilax said...

It's too awesome that some people can naturally run that face and they have to slow down to 8:00. 8:00 is my fast pace!

Ha. Good idea with the camera. Don't feel bad. Race pics are important.

...Barbie... said...

haha i loved this post and the other one about san diego. great playlist, no thats not why your iPod died! Great job this weekend!

EricaH said...

Great list I am totally with you on the pavement meeting area, cruel and unusual punishment. and I love the Spose song it's on my playlist so I am thinking Taio Cruz is the reason behind your Ipod protest. :)

Jennifer said...

Great post- congrats on a fun race!

Ace said...

Hmmm, it looks like sunflower-vader is wearing black ballet slippers. A little less menacing me thinks...

inspiREDtorun13 said...

I concur with Chad! I'm actually about to do a music post...and we definitely have similar tastes in running tunes. I often ask myself: "Can I dance to this song?" If the answer is "Yes" it's probably worth running to ;)

Your iPod isn't very festive if it didn't like California Gurls in California.

I really like the medal! I think last year it had a wind surfer on it....glad that fixed that! Again you make 26.2 miles look like a piece-o-cake.

Pam said...

That Target thing totally sounds like something I would do.

Your playlist does not.

Chris Korn said...

The Sea World ending is new. If they do it again next year you may want to consider the LA Marathon instead. It now ends at the Santa Monica Pier....you can literally meet up with Mrs. Boring and Baby Boring on the beach.

X-Country2 said...

Carry Out just might be the greatest song of all time. If anything, that HELPED your race.

Cynthia O'H said...

I wondering why you ran with water bottles. I find that the water stations are enough for me.

I always wear a skirt that stands out so my boys can see me easily. Tonight, I wore cheetah!

Tricia said...

SWEEETTT medal

The Fire Runner said...

You're iPod didn't quit, it committed suicide! Frankly, with that playlist, I don't blame it one bit.

Chris Korn said...

Regarding your white shirt and how your wife couldn't find you in the crowd, just run with the The Kenyans next time.

Running Through Phoenix said...

You know darn well that your underwear isn't on ANY list girlfriend!

Psyche said...

You just totally crack me up, Adam! On the way to Chattooga, my son asks, "When are we gonna get to meet Adam?" You guys would apparently really hit it off.

Your iPod needs more Bieber- give it a Bieber Fever Pain Reliever, would ya?

RunnuRMark said...

Nothing like running with a sponge bob elvis. Very nice. I really need to do one of these big races some day.

destinationathlete said...

OK....it shames me to admit this, but I have similar songs on my iPod and the "musical junk food" just makes me move faster.

And for the record, Bieber is horrid.

Her Name is Rio said...

Props to the running Vader. Although I did catch someone wearing Vibrams at the race- that would match the Vader outfit pretty well.

I can't fault you on your playlist. I actually bought Brit Brit (as in Spears) for my race playlist and I never had any of her songs before.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i really enjoyed this whole course last year, wish I could have done it again this year though umm you woudl have been WAY ahead of me.

seriously the 5:32 pace that's just mind numbing to me!

Colin Hayes said...

I'm old. Not only do I not listen to any of the songs in your list, I don't know who most of them are.
In fact, back in my day, we listened to AC/DC cassettes thru the boomboxes on our shoulders when we ran...and we liked it, dammit!

Jamoosh said...

Well run marathons don't let just anybody pace. And in fact, I am not surprised at his normal race pace. You really don't want a 3:30 runner pacing a 3:30 group. You want someone who can take it easy and make it to the end. Dang, how embarrassing would it be for a pacer to drop out of a race and leave his/her group hanging.

RunningLaur said...

Yay glitter!

Glenn Jones said...

I am totally with you on the finish area. Do you have any idea why they couldn't just finishat Qualcom next to where everyone is parked? I guess that makes too much sense.