How do you tell the story of so many awesome runners with only one blog post?
But then I thought - "Of course!!
Apologies if I didn't specifically call out your race report!
For those of you looking for the prize winners - scroll down to the bottom.
Getting ready to run
First things first, what do you need for a race? You need a race bib! Some were so creative to actually make their own race bibs without any prompting from me. Awesome.
Katie at Run for the Bikini created a race bib with 19:59 as the number - her 5K goal for 2011.
Deanna at Miles to Run created a bib - and then ran the 5K in what looks to be either the basement or some sort of dungeon
Normally, I think of myself as a pretty upbeat guy. However, I must bring the worst out in some people. Specifically, Kovas and Chris K. Check out their bibs below (and read their reports - hilarious).
And Chris K's mention about the beautiful California weather - and slight jab at Kovas
This race was one to Freeze your thorns off. As expected, everyone didn't disappoint (except for Chris K and his warm Cali weather). Although, some of your tried to convince me that you didn't actually have thorns.....Kim @ ILax Studio.
As I looked at everyone's pictures, I quite literally got
warm fuzzies in my pants chills down my back. BURR. I remember running in cold temps like these, but I am trying to forget.
In a world of pink rocking the Shaq shorts OVER his tights
Sister Bison ran on the water? Maybe she jumped from ice pad to ice pad
Burr. That is all I have to say about that. Burr (Stephanie @ Run to Health)
Heather's kids had a blast out in the snow - or they were torturing each other. Either way, good times were had by all.
Rose @ Eat Drink & Be Meiri getting ready for her treadmill run
Laura @ Bosie Full Life seemed to be doing some sort of laps around her living room for the 5000M. Hey, whatever it takes - PLUS she has a forefoot strike!
Lin @ Mission Marathon had a race buddy - who seemed less than impressed with the thought at going running. (I'm totally coming to your house and bringing my rickshaw!)
Georgia Snail also had a race buddy - but his was way more furry.
Jill @ Run for the Hills looking rather festive with the Christmas spirit (maybe she knows Santa the runner?) before her run.
Staci @ She Runs in Sandals actually didn't run in sandals - she ran barefoot. In the cold. BURR.
And finally, Marcia @ TeamMarcia took the prize for "best mummy costume". Nice work
I'm seriously a FIRM believer that it doesn't matter your speed so much that it matters that you get out there and MOVE YOUR BUTT. That said, I thought it was awesome how there were so many different ways to represent the results.
Pam @ Thirty Smirty who just turned... 31! (Go wish her happy bday)
Julie @ Adventure is out there and her VERY dusty treadmill.
Bobbie @ 0 to 26.2 and her solid 5K result
Kim @ Bookworm Runs and her SWANKY treadmill result. Unfortunately, she still got tired though - stupid technology.
Heat Runner and her treadmill result, while watching the news IN Tuscon on shooting :(
The Running Green Girl and her GREEN Garmin. Appropriate.
Speaking is swanky, Jeff @ Detroit Runner and his awesome new Garmin 310XT. The X stands for... Xwesome.
While still others (Alanna) hilariously defaced the running cacti. She forgot to sign up, but decided to run anyway. I think that there are two ways to know that your race has "made it". 1: You have race bandits, 2: Some guy streaking through the race naked screaming "I'm number 1!!".
Tricia from Endurance is only Physical had some pre-race tacos to get her in the running mood. Carbo load. Mmmm
I am not sure why, but this picture CRACKED me up. Laurie @ Jogging Stroller Mom said that she didn't actually want to freeze her thorns off, so she channeled her inner speed skater. Well played, well payed. (The look on your face is scary!)
Jamoosh @ Last Mile Lounge got lost and had the longest 5K time ever. I'm thinking he meant to run 31 miles instead of 3.1. Thankfully he stopped after 19.
Gene @ Accountability knows me far too well. Post a double-entandra picture and get a shout out on the blog.
There were TWO video submissions. One made me laugh and one made me a bit jealous of running with dogs and the fact that Arizona doesn't have any snow. First, Andrew @ Running Man Wannabe posted this picture of him running in shin-high snow. He is in Canada, so he would measure the snow in the metric system......so, as long as my conversions were right, it probably was about a kilometer thick. Hopefully he is all healed up from the fall:
Finally, one of my favorite pictures from all of the pictures was Anne's @ Asthma and the gift of running. Doesn't it look like her running partner is taking a swig from a flask? What is in there, Anne?? Water?? Righhhht.
Here are the blogs of the runners who ran in their meat form. They were the ones who had the pleasure of putting up with my poop jokes IN PERSON. Luckily there were only 2 kids around - and they were small enough that they don't know any better.
|Kim||No Blog :(|
|Dan||No Blog :(||28:09|
|Karna||No Blog :(||29:29|
|Ron (Santa)||No Blog :(|
Here is the final list of the virtual participants. I thought about linking to the actual race report, but
I'm too lazy instead just decided to give a shout out if there was a race report posted. Overall there were 133 virtual participants. That means that, as a group, we ran OVER 400 miles (650 K)!! Crazy.
Oh I know why you are here: Here are the winners for the following prizes using a random number dealie. (Surprisingly ALL but one of the winners posted a race report - totally not planned!)
Slowly But Surely!
Nej @ I think I can!
Laurie @ The (Mis)Adventures of a Jogging Stroller Mom
Raegun @ Diminishing Returns
Each of you, send me your numbered preferences 1,2,3,4 of prizes and your address (to the email in the top left hand corner) and I'll get them right out to you!