Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Last Friday, I loaded my running buddy, Howard, and my two sons in the minivan and headed to Kelowna for the weekend. After several pit stops and seven hours of driving, we arrived at the Travelodge (conveniently located across the street from the OIM start/finish line) to find out that I did not have the room that they promised me. Yep, the jacuzzi suite had been given to someone else. Fear not, it all worked out in the end, but for about 10 minutes, I felt a little more than a little nauseous. After I'd unpacked, we all went over to the package pickup tent and grabbed our chips, bibs and schwag.
Saturday morning we got up a little early and went for a 3k run. Colin, and HIS new running buddy, John Stanton, lead the group and finished way before Logan and I crossed the line. Later that day, he ran again in the 1.6 km kids race. He finished in four minutes and thirty seconds!! He was so happy with himself. I was so proud of him.
On Sunday, the real fun began. Up at 6:00 and eating breakfast by 6:30, we then went over to watch the other racers start their distances. At 8:00, we started our own. I ran a really good race. Everyone in my clinic did. It was amazing! Almost everybody got a new PB, including me. I'm still astounded.
The other goods about this weekend:
I got to meet another Spark friend. Trish was an amazing part of this weekend. She and I met and hung out and then she braved lunch @ BP with my kids and some of my clinic participants. She also took us to the top of Knoxx mountain. I don't think I've ever seen a view like I saw from the look offs up there. Absolutely fabulous. On top of all that, she watched my sons on Sunday and made sure they were at the finish line for me. AND she brought me flowers! You cannot beat that.
I seemed to have a bit of a bad luck streak: the room reservation mishap was followed up with an issue with my heater/smoke detector. Next, when I called White Spot they told me that there wasn't a reservation. ACK. (no worries, I fixed it ASAP and the dinner went off w/o a hitch) I got a BIG speeding ticket when I was going through Banff, hit horrible weather AND construction and was an hour late getting the boys home. LOL, can I have my good karma back??
Anyway, it's really late and I should get some sleep. I'll be back later to talk about this more. For now, let's just say the goods outweighed the bads and the weekend was unforgettable.