There’s a reason for this YouTube.  It was the song I was listening to as I started my kick in today’s race.  I laughed so hard, and I was about to puke, so I wanted to put it on the blog tonight.

The top picture is Kim and I after the race.  On our way home.  We had forgotten to take a picture, so we asked a wandering walker to snap one.  (they don’t snap anymore, do they.)

Here are my stats:


Date: 8/9/2008 8:30 AM
Type: Race
Course: Susan B Anthony Run
Distance: 3.1 miles
Duration: 32:32
Pace: 10:30 / mile
Shoe: ASICS 2130 Pink (1)
Weight: ACK!
Field Placement: 196 / 392 (50%)
Age group: 45 – 49
Group Placement: 23 / 33 (69.7%)
Gender Placement: 196 / 392 (50%)
Event URL:
Statistics: Calories: 429
VO2 Max: 27.9

The second picture is actually what my kitchen table looked like this morning.  Map to Sacramento, iPod shuffle, Sports Beans and LA Hat.  I even have an LA shirt on in the top pic.  *cough*  Today, they were a half of a game back.  C’mon guys.  We’ve only waited 20 years.

Race.  Back to the race

  • This will fall under TMI, but I hadn’t gone to the bathroom in 2 days.  I ate tons of fruit, pasta, etc.  Nuthin.  So, I got up real early today to get things moving with a bowl of oatmeal.  I know runners get this over-talking about bowels, etc.  I’m in good company.
  • Got on the road 6am.  To the race at 7:30 or so.  Lots of pink (see post below).  Stinkin’ cool Marathon Girl sportskirt.  Didn’t run in it, just was super cute, and wore it later today.  The shirt was really cute.
  • The race:  I said I would start out very slowly.  I did just that, and had a fabulous first mile, which is so unusual for me.  I usually get so amped up, that I’m wiped out by the first turn. 
  • First three songs:  We’ll Be Together, STING; I Hate Myself for Loving You, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, She Came in through the Bathroom Window, The Beatles.  I have a policy that I get what I get on the first three, but I did have to change the last one after two slow ones.  The next one I got was Alright Now, which I just blogged about a few days ago.  I pictured the catwalk.
  • This lady, approximately 70+ years old.  A half block ahead of me.  I never caught her.  I think she might even have had an ankle brace.  At one point we were together, but I think she beat me. 
  • As usual, out of nowhere, a stinkin’ kid flew right by me.
  • The third mile was tough due to my GI problems.  Then, this chick comes out of nowhere.  We race together around 2.5.  She was relentless. So was I.  I dug in.  Kicked.  Hard.  We have the same exact time.  And, we’re both 49.  I love the end.  It’s why I run.
  • Then, I almost hurled after I stopped.  This has never happened.  
  • I saw one of the elite runners (who won my age division with a 19 minute mile) and asked if she won again!  She and I got to talking because Kim and I are making a Ripon Running club.  LOL  Membership: 2.  She asked me to join her team.  I said, “I’m not very good, I’m not fast at all.”  She assured me that there are a variety of runners on the team.  It made me feel good.  She told me if I hurled at the end, it meant I was a serious runner.  That is so funny.
  • Kim and I went to Fleet Feet.  Just to look.  He looked at my NEW Asics (Pink), and I told him my heel hurt.  He looked at my arches.  I swear we were there forever.  I tried on 5 pair of shoes, and ran in the store.  I really wasn’t shoe shopping.  Then he brought out these:  Oh.My.  I ran in them.  It felt as if I was running on a cloud.  I walked out less one C note in my wallet, and I’m thrilled with them (Mizuno Wave Renegade 4)
  • We ate at a corner diner.  Came home, watching the Olympics, ready to sleep after working again in my classroom this afternoon.

Sacramento’s runs are gorgeous.  Old trees, park, street.  Had a ball.  Half Marathon training starts Tuesday.  Yikes.

7 thoughts on “Susan B Anthony Race Report

  1. It sounds like a fun day!! I hate it when someone comes from nowhere to scoot past you and then FINISH 1 second before you!! (but seriously I am over it)

    good luck on the half training…slowly build up to it! You will do fine.

  2. Where do those kids come from? There is always one 10 year old that comes out of nowhere like he’s just fell from the sky going 90 MPH….It always scares the crap out of me.

    Excellent job on your race, 10:30 is GREAT!!! And the new shoes too??? I wear Mizuno Wave Nirvana and love them, switched from Asics myself.

  3. My last 5k had a 66 year old woman run a 21:00 time. Unbelievable.

    Congratulations. Get crack a-lackin on that 1/2 mary now.

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