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Surf-N-Santa 10 Miler

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sis and I visited the expo to pick up my race number on Friday, and we ran into a jolly ole fellow.

Lots of silly photo ops at the expo.

I got two new hats at the expo, yeah, I have a thing for running hats these days.

Race day was Saturday. It was raining, uggghhh. I woke up with a headache, I seriously considered just staying in bed, I can’t function with a headache, but I knew I would kick myself in the butt if I didn’t go, I asked the DH to take my pic before I left. I love themed races but I have never been to a Christmas one before.

I had to get there early in order to get a parking spot, I took some Tylenol and had a banana hoping I would feel better. I went inside to see how everyone else was dressed, I really wanted to just sit in the car and die with my headache, but I had to get it together. Look who I ran into, my fav Elf Buddy, only he wasn't so cheery. Standing in line for the restroom for 20-25 minutes can make one an angry elf, lol...

Headache went away, just in time to start, thank goodness. I was so nervous racing by myself, I didn’t think being there alone would bother me but it did, lol, my DH had to work. And I felt like such a nerd taking my own picture at the starting line.

Off I ran, it was unusually warm and I was overdressed with my new thermal running pants on, I should have wore shorts, but dang…it is supposed to be winter time. Perfect 54 degrees, but a little humid from the rain. 5,500 participants.

I seriously wanted to quit after mile 3, the 5K runners were being directed towards the finish line and I really just wanted to finish with them and be done, but I just couldn’t quit. I turned the corner at the mile 3 mark to find my friend Billy and his daughter, standing by the water stop yelling “go Lisa”, what a nice surprise. My DH had told him the night before that he had to work and that he wouldn’t be there for me, so Billy volunteered to be a cheerleader, that was the sweetest thing ever, and that gave me the oomph I needed to keep going. After that it was smooth sailing.

Kinda lonely running on my own, but I kept my pace and did my own thing. I missed my running buddies. Rounded the corner about .2 miles from the finish and there was Billy again, this time with his camera, what a sweetie. I finished in 1:57:49, I had set a two hour limit on myself, so I was happy to have made that goal.

The after party really stunk, gave us come icky soup, tasted like flavored water, that was a huge letdown since my tummy was really hungry, so I didn't hang around, went home for some food and a hot shower.

Thanks to all my friends for sending me supporting texts to cheer me on and posting your support on FB, it means alot.

Great race, can't wait to do it again next year. Lots of looonnng training runs to keep me occupied until my next race on New Years Day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BILL60 1/2/2013 12:07PM

    You're one tough cookie. Way to hang in there and overcome.

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STRINGS58 12/31/2012 9:09AM

    Very cool. Glad the headache went away. emoticon for the run!

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 12/28/2012 12:10AM

    How awesome you are:)

I am so glad you decided to keep going and finished your goal. emoticon

Loved the Elf photo - can totally identify lol

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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/12/2012 9:48AM

    I can't tell you enough how much you inspire me!!! I don't know if I could have got up not feeling 100% (especially with a headache) and running all myself. You looked good, too! Your make-up looked perfect!

We have the Ugly Sweater Run in Vegas this weekend. Just me and my honey. He's been training since the Ugly Sweater Run in Lawrence a couple weeks ago. It was his first run...of many! He's caught the running bug and wants to better his time everytime he runs. His doctor is going to freak next time he sees him! Gotta love it!

Keep on training, girl! You're on fire!!! emoticon

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RUNHAPPEE 12/11/2012 8:38PM

    Glad you had a good race! I so wanted to do the Frosty 5k but it was sold out :(

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JANEMARIE77 12/11/2012 1:22PM

    way to go glad you got it done rain headache and all good for you

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LAURELSPARK 12/11/2012 7:47AM

    Congrats on pushing through the headache!

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2HAMSDIET 12/10/2012 10:42PM

    You go girl. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAMI199 12/10/2012 4:33PM

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You looked sparktacular!

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NATPLUMMER 12/10/2012 3:36PM

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MZSLYDE01 12/10/2012 2:21PM

    Nice pics - Love your outfit.
Now I am kicking myself in the butt - I didn't sign up for my Santa Run Race, I forgot about it and it's already done. What a bummer. I really have to slow down.
Great job girl.

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CAROLCRC 12/10/2012 2:08PM

    Great job! I know what you mean about it feeling strange to go to a race and run alone... much better when you have someone to hang out with before and after even if you don't run together.

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THEHAPPYSUSAN 12/10/2012 1:01PM

    Mission accomplished and you did it in such style! Love your fancy running outfit and with your hat you looked positively festive! Yay, Lisa!

I'm so proud of you. You had some obstacles to overcome on race day but you fought them off and finished your 10 mile! Rock on!

Gosh! So glad I checked in with you this morning. You've inspired me to get moving today! Thanks, Ms. Motivator!

Sparkle on!

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BOILHAM 12/10/2012 12:21PM

    Glad you had a good run. You look good in the Santa outfit, too!
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JLITT62 12/10/2012 11:43AM

    Great job & you look awesome!

I mostly race by myself, which probably explains why I don't race that often . . . geez, I really wish we lived closer!

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HALFFAST 12/10/2012 11:43AM

    emoticon Way to go!

PS. I wanna be your FB friend! You can find me as "therunawaybride" :)

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PMRUNNER 12/10/2012 11:13AM

    Way to go! Nice run and report!

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KAREN_NY 12/10/2012 10:56AM

    Way to hang in there!!!

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ONMYMEDS 12/10/2012 10:46AM

    Nice race report. Good run. Well done!!

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