Monday: 5 miles
Weekly Mileage: 5 miles
We drove down to Arlington, Virginia last Sunday for a funeral. We stayed through Wednesday so I thought I would get some runs in around the nation's capital, one of my all time favorite venues, but there was too much going on...and it was cold. When we returned home, I planned on getting some long runs in to keep my weekly mileage up, but I didn't. I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year and the house needed some serious cleaning and decluttering (Excuses are like assholes, apparently I've got more than one...).
Along comes Saturday night. My friend, The Petite Pacer was signed up to run the Long Beach Turkey Trot today. Even though I had a slacker week, I wanted to sign up. I still felt like I could run a good race, the weather was going to be perfect and the course is flatter than flat. I googled Long Beach Turkey Trot, clicked on the first entry, whipped out the ol' credit card and signed my arse up. Awesome! I went back to the race home page to double check that packet pickup would be at the usual place, the Long Beach Rec Center. Imagine my surprise when I read it would be at 1 Granada Avenue, 90803. Yep, 90803 would be the zip code...as in California. Really?! Lucky for me, I can clear my application without being charged within the first fifteen minutes...or could I? Nope. I frantically emailed the race director, Justin Rudd, who immediately emailed me back and reimbursed me the $40.40 registration fee. Thanks, guy! Yes, in hindsight, I see how I should have realized that the field of 5,000+ runners and 3 different start times was unusual. Yes, I should have seen the California race date was completely different from the New York one. And maybe the tanned bikini clad runners in the race photos should have tipped me off... Honest, totally embarrassing mistake. One I hope not to repeat, and if I do, I will not be blogging about it. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice...and I'm keeping it to myself...
I resorted to an 8 mile run on my regular loop in 1:05:26, a. 8:10 pace. TPP placed first in her age group.