Monday, August 16, 2010

Where the Men are Men and the Women race lawnmowers! (Loggers Jubilee 10k and Fun Run Report)

My apologies to you all for the delay in this race report. We have been lost in a land of loggers, mills, and too many romeos to count. But now that we are back home and I still haven't unpacked, I do have the time to give the exciting account of race day.

Since I, Adorable Wife, did the 2 mile FUN run, that means the whole story is much funner, (I know, I know) so I thought I would go first. Due to the fact that we would be walking most of the two miles with the slowest of the sisters-in-law, I knew this wasn't going to be a serious or hard endeavour, but it would 2 more miles on the board and a great bonding experience. I tend to be very shy and it has taken me over 5 years to become semi comfortable around Coach's huge family. So, what makes a race more fun than looking super cute? Raya and I picked out super cute hats at Nike and then stayed up way too late and made these awesome shirts on Friday and even painted our toenails to match.
Probably don't NEED to see Raya and my feet that big, but oh well, deal with it.

Yep, stole this saying from a website. Gotta love puff paints!
I had never felt more fashionably prepared, but with less than 4 hours of sleep and sucky nutrition I definitely was not actually prepared for a race so it was probably a good thing I didn't have to go all, or any, out. After arriving at the race site and checking out our competition (appeared to be about 6 others doing the fun run) we checked in and stretched took a ton of photos until the start of the race.

The Fun Run Racers-Angel, Tressa (aka Me, Adorable Wife), Raya

If you can't tell, we are obviously do some warm up running!
Don't we look so cute? I just love our outfits down to the ribbon and all!

I found Stacie before the race too and we also had to do a photo op! Of course, she was running the real race!
The Funner (so needs to be a word) Runners getting started.
And me mugging for the camera
Everyone else took right off, and Angel, Raya, and I jogged casually down the road. We made sure Angel kept jogging at least until we passed her husband for the photo op and then we let her walk. After getting berated by the cops for being slow (thanks guys!) we continued on our walk/ jog pace. Raya was very good about pushing Angel. Making her set goals, no matter how small, saying she would run from point A to B. Angel did an awesome job, pushing herself harder then I think she knew she could, although I am pretty sure she hated us, Raya especially for making her run. I mean that was not FUN! We laughed and danced along the course and cheered along the 10k leaders and soon the finish line was in our sites (now it's getting intense). Soon, we were telling Angel it was sprint to the finish line time. Focus on the pop, pop of your feet hitting the ground, look to Lonny (her hubby), and just go! As I leaped across the line we finished in 33 min and received our green finishers ribbons, it was like they knew our color scheme. I was so proud of Angel and totally had a blast. I think this may become a Morgan girls tradition. Smile!
Yay, we're almost there, and do I ever stop posing for the camera?

I Love that I am literally LEAPING, dumbly, across the finish line!
Our pretty green ribbons to prove we finished

Track Coach Exhaustively On the Clock: I just want to start off by saying morning runs just aren't my thing. I try to be a good sport about it, but 6:30 just comes waaay too early for me (I know, it's pathetic). I ran in the Logger's Jubilee last year with my brother-in-law Ryan and my sister Melanie. Melanie wasn't able to run this year because she had their new adopted daughter to cuddle with, so I just had Ryan to contend run with. Last year Ryan completely smoked me, so I was determined to keep up with/try to beat him. I also love coming back to Logger's Jubilee because this was my hometown and I get to see a lot of people that I don't get to see very often and catch up a little.

And back to the race... They started the race right on time (a bright and early 8AM). Did I mention I don't like morning runs?.. I was able to get a decent warm up in so I felt pretty good at the start. Ryan asked me what my goal was at the beginning of the race and immediately decided he didn't want to do that so he started slower than I. I was, however, determined to reach my goal of 48 minutes. The first mile and a half went off without a hitch at about a 7:40 pace. Then the best part of the race happened. I got passed by an obviously experienced runner with a Garmin. I'm not sure how it came up, but as she passed I asked her how we were doing and she said we were right at a 7:40 pace and I said "Perfect, I'll just run with you." So I had found myself a running buddy for the rest of the race (well most of the rest of the race). We ran along the race route and shouted encouragement to the people we knew and random insults at the ones we didn't during the out and back portion of the race. I was even able to test out running tangents like professor Adam of I am Boring told me to do (It does work, it saved me like 15 feet... booyah).

Now for the worst part of the race... around mile 4 I started to feel some pain on the outside of my foot. Being the determined fellow I was, I shrugged it off and kept on truckin'. It got a little worse around mile 5 (also when my running buddy dumped me like last year's prom date). Luckily the end of the race was mostly downhill and I was able to finish. I did make my goal and finished in 47:24, but it came at a price. It turns out I pulled a ligament on the outside of my foot from my terrible foot striking and will not be able to run for a while.

I was informed by Ryan that I needed stability running shoes because I suck and need them quickly because I will just keep hurting myself if I don't. He's a pretty smart guy, so I think I'll listen.

The shirt made me feel cool... no other benefits

Evidence of my superb foot striking... no wonder my foot hurts!

20th place ribbons are the best!

Brother-in-law Ryan... I can't help but be awed by his straight footedness

Ryan and their adorable daughter Sage (Ryan took 2nd in his division)

The Morgan Family Racers, all done, all sweaty!

After Jesse and Ryan had finished  and we had taken our photos we waited for Stacie and Jason to cross the line. I knew she didn't have a camera so I was their official photog. We all got excited when we saw they were finishing together, and then they did this...
and it was so adorable. A total "AWWWWW" moment for the whole crowd. We finished up with some photos of all us girls together and sadly had to part ways so we could go get out kids ready for the hick parade.

It was a very full day of racing, eating, parades, eating, watching Coach's mom in Grease, so we were beat, but how do Coach and I unwind after a full day? We bust every move possible at the street dance!
Some of the Morgan brothers showing their best DDR moves! Yes, they are that lame!
From left-Stacy, Nathan, Lonny, and Coach (Jesse)

Raya and I trying to dance with (and like) the mondo wasted ladies up front but they did not want to be our friends :(
That's probably something you could have lived without seeing. It was an awful dance, but we made it ours and we made it LEGENDARY! Hope you all had great weekends too! Anything epic, or not, to report?


Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

woot woot Chelan Man shirt! I know I always feel a little cooler in it! Nice job on the race everyone!

Danielle said...

Hey guys I had a BLAST at the street dance... deff going to have to go dancing again... I think Stacy even had fun even though he will not admit it :) next year i am going to have to do the fun run with you guys.

Rae said...

Sounds like you guys had a blast! Love the shirts you made!

Adam said...

Wife: Those shirts are AWESOME! Totally worth the extra time that it took to make them.

Track Coach: Way to crank out the PR! I'm sure that those 15 feet that you didn't run because of tangents would have taken TONS of time and thus totally worth the effort.
Funny you should say that you needed stability shoes. When I saw your foot strike picture and your pumas i said to myself: "GAH, get some post support with that pronation!" (Read: get stability shoes dude) I have them, your feet will thank you.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I think that is the funnest race report I've ever read! I loved your outfits and the shirts you made for the fun run are awesome! And I think it's wonderful that you encouraged Angel to reach little goals along the way!
Congrats to "Coach" for a new PR and a great race! I cringed when I saw the pic. of your foot stike...ouch!

imemary said...

I dislike morning runs too, but Race Days are special. And this report makes me a little bit sad not to be in Glenoma anymore.

Tricia said...

great pics!

Cynthia O'H said...

Great report. Love the shirts. It was worth spending the time on them and the nails (and getting the hats too!)

Hope you get some stability shoes soon. I'm sure they will help.

Julie said...

what a fun race...and FUN shirts!!!