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Saturday, March 08, 2008

St Paddy's 4 Miler Race Report

About 5 minutes before my alarm this morning, the bedroom filled suddenly with light and I was startled awake. Shortly afterward, the following thunder boomed. I got up and looked out the windows to discover a thunderstorm: lightning was flashing close by and the rain was pouring down.

Races will be held in rain, but most runners won't run in lightning, so I went back to bed assuming that the race would be cancelled. About 15 minutes later, I woke up and heard...nothing. It was still sprinkling, but there was no lightning and no thunder. The race would be on; I knew it.

So I pulled on my racing stuff and headed out. It continued to sprinkle on the way, and the clouds were ominous, but there was no more lightning, and when I arrived at the race, sure enough, it was "on."

Despite the off and on rain and the blustering wind, I actually appreciated the cloudy, cool morning because I always run a little better when it's cooler, and it turned out to be a good race:

1: 8:35
2: 8:47
3: 9:01 (was headed right into the wind for this mile)
4: 8:49

Total Time: 35:17!!!

Yeah, bitches! I rocked it.

By then end, it had resumed a steady rain, so I didn't stick around for any post-race festivities; I made a beeline for the car and got there just in time because it really started to pour once I got in the car. It looks like it the storm may linger for the day (hard to tell since it's not even 9 am yet), but it doesn't matter because I already got my run done for today!

On a more somber note, we learned yesterday evening that Jerry's grandfather passed away. Jerry is camping right now, so his dad called him on his cell last night to inform him of the bad news. I think Jerry will pack up camp and return today, so I need to try and find him a flight to MN for tomorrow or Monday so he can attend the funeral.

26 comments:

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Holy crap, Jess. You are full time in the eights but for a little wind. You ROCKED!! I am so excited for you, must feel great.

Give Jerry my condolences. It's never easy to go through this. Give him some extra love and care and take care of yourself too.

Nanc

Erin said...

Great job on the race! That's awesome. I would have rolled right over with the rainstorm and went back to bed.

Sorry to hear about Jerry's grandpa. Sounds like camping was a bust (literally-I am sure Ryan will blog about it) last night. Ryan's on his way home too.

Give the Jer-Bear a hug.

Sarah said...

Well done on the race!! You are hard core, running in a storm!

Very sorry to hear about your hubby's grandfather...

chia said...

You are such a rockstar! You are getting so amazingly fast!

*Hugs* losing an elder of the tribe is never easy. Much love to yours!

Neese said...

holy sh*t you are in the 8 minute mile pace now!? :-o you are FLYIN!! excellent job Jess!

Running by.... said...

OMG, for an instant I thought you hadn't posted for a whole year. I know I've been away..but seriously.

Nice job on the race; those are really fast times!

Sorry to hear about the passing...my thoughts are with Jerry.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

You rocked that run!!

Sorry for Jerry's loss.

Margo said...

So sorry to hear about Jerry's grandfather. My thoughts are with you guys and Jerry's family.

Awesome race for you!!

AnthonyP said...

Very, very, very nice Jess. Super consistent with your pace.
We have some nasty rainy weather here today, but no flashes of lightning.

Wes said...

Yea, you rocked it! Condolences to Jerry and Fam....

Mary Gee said...

Sorry to hear about Jerry's Grandfather.

Good job on your race.

Diana said...

Totally Awesome Race! You definitely kicked butt!

D10 said...

First, I am so sorry to hear about Jerry's grandfather. Second, I am so happy for you!! What a great race. See. you can run sub 9's if you want to.

robtherunner said...

Sorry to hear about Jerry's grandfather. My condolences and prayers to the family.

Nice job on the 4 miler. Glad it didn't get "lightninged" out.

J~Mom said...

Holy speedy batgirl!!! What were the name of those shoes again? Silver bullets or something? Congratulations!!

Sorry about Jerry's grandfather.

Firefly's Running said...

Awesome run, Jess!

Sending lots of prayers and thoughts for Jerry. What a bad time for this to happen.

June said...

HOLY CRAP IS RIGHT JESS!!!

kick ass girlfriend! a good race day was had by all!!!

teacherwoman said...

Nice job on the 4-miler race! You did awesome you speed demon!

Sorry to hear about Jerry's Grandpa... *hugs* to you both.

Shannon said...

So sorry to hear the sad news. Give Jerry my love.

And congrats to you. Sounds like a great race.

MN Mom said...

So Sorry Jerry. The loss of a loved one is always hard. My thoughts are with you all.

Viv said...

Sorry to Jerry on the loss of his Grandpa.

Excellent job Jess, lightning fast!

Luc said...

I found your blog and cracked up at your 7 random things. :D

Keep running!! It's cool being the 22nd commenter on the 21 day blog. :)

ws said...

great job on the run Jess and pass my condolences along to Jerry.

RunnerGirl said...

Sorry to hear about Jerry's grandpa.

Great job on your race though - awesome times!

Southern Fried Girl said...

I'm sorry about the G-pa. That's a shame. :(

However, damn girl!!!! Nice job on that race.

Mendy said...

Sorry to hear about Jerry's Grandfather, Jess.

Wow! You're running soooo fast these days! It's great and I know you had to have had a big smile on your face once you crossed the line. You did GREAT! You are fully an 8 min/miler!!! That's fantastic!