Shamrockin’ 8K Recap

So, Ironman training was mostly a fail last week.  It rained all week (ugh!) and I came down with a sinus/respiratory/virus/plague situation early in the week that I still haven’t quite managed to shake. 

However, I did run the Shamrockin’ 8K on Sunday morning with a group of my friends, so at least I accomplished that much.  I had worked until 2 am the night before so I wasn’t feeling particularly energetic when we left for the race, but this is one of my favorite races of the year and I didn’t want to miss it. 

I peer-pressured Pam into joining me and we met a few of our other friends down around the starting line also.  Here is our traditional pre-race selfie- as you can tell I’m quite tired!

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I also realized that The Marine isn’t the greatest at temporary tattoo application as mine ended up reading “hamrockin’ Run”.  I personally found this hilarious based on my affinity for food.

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Rock that ham!

Anyway, once we’d filled our selfie quota (and peed a few times) we lined up and off we went.  The weather was gorgeous (overcast and not too hot) but I still worked up and good sweat.  I decided to run the whole race and just walk for a few seconds while I pounded gatorade at each mile water station.  The Marine competed in the “Guinness Challenge” portion of the race where he drank Guinness every mile.  At first I was a little jealous that I had decided not to partake in that race option, but by mile 4 I was glad I didn’t have a belly full of Guinness! 

I finished in a decent time.  Not super fast but not hatefully slow.  Considering sickness and lack of sleep played a roll, I was satisfied with my performance.  My splits aren’t the fastest, but they certainly are consistent.

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After the race I picked up my fancy beer mug, filled it with Guinness and enjoyed the post race party in Audubon park with friends.  All in all, a successful Sunday morning race.

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Sunday Funday

Ok, so this post is a day off, but it’s a holiday weekend so this week Monday is the new Sunday.  We didn’t go to the beach or anywhere exciting this weekend, but we did go for a good, long walk on the levee.  It’s like the beach, but with grass instead of sand, and a river instead of an ocean.  We even found our own sandbar.

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We decided to go exploring.

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And go for a swim (of course!)

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So it wasn’t a fancy beach, but it was good enough for us!  Maybe next time we’ll remember to bring a towel!