Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I Run on Technology...

I need to be hooked up and online please...
I've been a bad blogger this past week... although it's not entirely my fault.  My high-speed service went haywire last Thursday, and completely gone by Friday.  What a blessed sight was the internet repair man on Monday morning.  (I refuse to give my provider any name mention, free PR, because I think their service stinks!)  But can you just imagine an entire weekend without internet, email, blog?!  Okay, I did have my iPhone, but it's not the same...

Sticking with the No-Technology theme for the weekend, I ran a 3m obstacle race, Pair Up For Health, on Saturday morning... naked... no watch, no music, just me and the birds (oh, and 200 other people).  It was my first trail race ever, set in the beautiful setting of Wildlife Prairie State Park, benefitting the Junior League of Peoria.


It was a small race with some really cool obstacles along the way... 
Hay Bale Hurdles
Barrel Zig Zag
Military Crawl
Agility Running Rope
58 foot Slide
Steps
Wall Climb

My friend Angie & I before the start.
It was a nice morning with temps in the 60's.  However, it rained the night before so humidity was high and the bridge crossings and the railroad tracks were a little slippery to run across.  Somehow the winner still managed to do it all in 17 minutes?!  Official times are not posted yet, and I paid no attention to the clock... but I was a good 13 minutes behind him.

Not the best race I ever ran, but I got my first trail race in the bag.  It was a fun change of pace, but I think I prefer the pavement of road races.  With marathon training in front of me, I was very cautious of my foot steps.  Last thing I needed was a twisted ankle or something.

Here's some race day photos...
It's like a "Where's Waldo?"  Can you find me?
Just might be the only race photo where I don't look like I'm dying!
Scaling the wall!
All sweaty at the Finish and happy to be done!


14 comments:

  1. great pics! love how happy you look

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  2. Awesome! Great pics and looks like fun. My first mud run is two weeks post-marathon. Should be interesting...

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  3. Great pics! It looks like you were having fun!

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  4. I think that kind of race would be so much fun. I do a race here call the Living History Farm race. We are running through creeks and up embankments you get muddy I love it. Dont care about what time I come in because it all for fun.

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  5. Pretty hard core! Looks like fun, and the pic where you are smiling is too cute.

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  6. this looks like so much fun!!

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  7. oh my goodness, that looks like SO much fun!!! GREAT PICS!

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  8. That looks like a great race and a fun time!! Good pictures too. :)

    I've been semi-technology less this week as well. My laptop battery died, and my desktop only works sporadically. Also, my DVR stopped working properly, so I'm forced to watch TV shows when they are actually on! Sacre bleu!! such a tough life! Hope you're back on the grid soon!

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  9. That looks like a great race and a fun time!! Good pictures too. :)

    I've been semi-technology less this week as well. My laptop battery died, and my desktop only works sporadically. Also, my DVR stopped working properly, so I'm forced to watch TV shows when they are actually on! Sacre bleu!! such a tough life! Hope you're back on the grid soon!

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  10. You are always up to something new & different. Good for you!

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  11. That looks like so much fun!

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  12. You look AWESOME! Strong, healthy and happy!!! :)

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  13. Looks like a super fun race! I LOVE your pink skirt. That is way too cute!

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