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Saturday, April 28, 2012

My friend and I met up in Nashville to do the Country Music Half Marathon. She loves country music, and this is her favorite race. I tolerate some country music in small doses, but - as everyone knows - I'm a complete bling ho' and it's always more fun to race with a buddy.

The hotel offers a shuttle from the airport. I called, and a nice man picked me up. We got to chatting, and I just adored his Tennessee accent. I told him about my trip to North Carolina and how the honeyed words of the state trooper were so delightful that they took the sting out of being pulled over for speeding. emoticon

We got on so well that I even convinced him to go through the Arby's drive through so I could grab lunch! hee hee hee Every time I've seen him since, he's referred to me as "Speedy"! I told him that I'm only fast in my car!

After the expo, we visited the Grand Ol' Opry. Keith Urban just played there, and I recognized a few of the artists scheduled to appear in coming weeks. It was fun to wander around, soaking up the atmosphere.

And then in case that wasn't enough culture, we visited Cooter's Garage. YES! THAT Cooter! WA ha ha ha!

We raced today. Up at 4. Out the door at 5. Stuck in traffic at 6. Race started at 7. I crossed the start line at about 7:40. There were a bejillion hills, and they all seemed to be going up! I really struggled - this wasn't my best race. Nashville is an attractive town, and much of the race meandered through neighborhoods, where people set up tents in their yards, tables filled with goodies, and leisurely sipped drinks whilst watching us shuffle past. There were 30,000+ runners, and I was definitely near the back by the time I finished at 3:58.

It was way too hot for me. The temperature broke 80 before I finished, and it was intensely sunny. A woman near me keeled over and complained of "heart trouble". I couldn't see any medics or police nearby, so I jogged back to some Team in Training coaches I'd seen a few blocks back and told them what happened. They were great about calling the race people and running back with me to stay with her. I hope she was ok.

Despite my difficulties, there were some fun moments. A woman was "pole dancing" with a stop sign until a female police offier escorted her away from the course. Little kids cheerfully offered to turn their garden hoses on us, and a charity organization HULA HOOPED their way through a half marathon! The ladies - literally - walked and hula hooped - the entire way! Amazing.

I'm gimpy with blood blisters. My friend finished faster and with no adverse effects, so she's going to the concert this evening without me. I'm cooked! I'm in the hotel, watching "return of the King" on the telly, icing joints, despairing over my sunburn and admiring the newest addition to my bling collection. emoticon

(Mine's in the center - SWEET!)

13.1 miles, 29000 steps, 3087 calories burned, four new blisters - and one gorgeous medal!
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  • RAVEN1025
    Congrats on the finish and a delightful addition to your bling collection!!
    2162 days ago
    Oh, Cat! I am in tears emoticon emoticon from laughing so hard! North Carolina seems to be a constant "state of experience" for you. I loved your recap and the photos...although I am slightly disappointed at the lack of photo of Handsome Mr. Fix-It.
    emoticon on earning all 3 medals! You certainly did work hard to get them. I can't wait to be sharing the Philly R-N-R with you this September. Races are so much more fun when you are in the mix! emoticon
    2175 days ago
    I really enjoyed reading about this. it sounded like a totally cool trip. I love Nashville, even though I'm not a huge country music fan. I hope that lady was okay too. You were great to help her. Loved the pole dancing, hosings, and your medal. Congratulations!!
    2176 days ago
    Cat, that's AWESOME! :) I'd love to run a half marathon. :) That's some pretty bling you got there. :)
    2177 days ago
    I know I'm late, but just now read this. Next time you're in Nashville, visit the Frist museum! You want culture, there's your culture emoticon .
    Congrats on finishing the race, and with such a good time!
    2177 days ago
    Well I think you should have gotten some kind of rescue medal to for going back and helping the lady not only going back to check on her, but running back to get help then running back further to get help, then running forward to stay with her, then running on to finish the race no wonder your friend finished the race first- she didn't have near as fat to race as you did-lol. I am so proud of you.

    2179 days ago
    How DO you do it?! You and Timex ...
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    2179 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations!!!! You are awesome and I love the bling! You deserve all the bling you can get! Thanks for sharing your adventure and I am glad you found time for some fun along the way. Are you going to give the hula hoop a try too? emoticon
    2180 days ago
    yay for you!!! Congratulations for finishing!!! emoticon Special kudos for going back to help the lady with heart problems. You are a guardian angel. Great job! emoticon emoticon
    2180 days ago
    Yes, I know you are addicted to your bling. I wonder if I will be that way after the Tower of Terror Ten Mile!
    2181 days ago
    congrats cat, you are totally awesome!!!! the race is even more awesome since i know you ran 2 last weekend and already had blisters on your feet. i don't see how you do it but i'm glad you have found the determination to keep going.

    i am so glad you like our accents and you can't beat southern hospitality....... now you know what i sound like here in tuscaloosa, alabama !!!

    your bling is great but i think you deserve another medal for going back to help your fellow runner........ you may have saved her life. i'm sure she would love to know who you were and thank you. you are an incredible person and she would be honored to meet you!!!
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    also i love the dukes of hazzard too !!!!!!!!
    2181 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/30/2012 12:00:37 PM
    WTG! Cat! Keep that bling collection growing
    2182 days ago
    "A woman" was pole-dancing with a stop sign. 'Fess up - that was you, wasn't it?

    You and poles, Cat, I tell you ... And you thought you only had a bling addiction.


    Sorry about the blisters. That sucks. But emoticon on the finishing and getting that bling. Fantastic!

    And what a wonderful thing you did getting help for that woman. that's hero material right there ...


    2182 days ago
    YOU GO GIRLFRIEND!!! You never cease to amaze me!!!! Keep inspiring us Cat! We all need it!!!
    2182 days ago
    Amazing Cat. You are simply amazing!
    2182 days ago
    Congrats on the new bling! Glad you are doing good!
    2182 days ago
    You are truly amazing! Not to mention my new role model. I always thought I was too old to earn any "bling" on my own merits - I've contented myself with admiring my daughter's loads of dance medals. Now I want some of those for myself! I will continue to visit your blog for motivation and inspiration.

    You are emoticon !!!! emoticon
    2183 days ago
    WTG! You perservered and conquered the race. CONGRATULATIONS! Emjoy your bling.
    2183 days ago
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  • _LINDA
    You are amazing!! That is fantastic to finish a race under those conditions! Being from the frozen north, I would simply MELT if I tried a race in heat like that lol.
    Very sorry about the blisters :(( -please invest in some good quality sweat wicking seamless socks for your next race -your feet will thank you. A spark buddy of mine recently took the plunge before her next race -will be interesting to see how she fairs with her new high tech socks in it.
    I simply cannot picture or even imagine people hula hooping through a race that long! emoticon emoticon
    Enjoy your well deserved bling!
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    2183 days ago
    Great job! I was a little disappointed but not unduly surprised that my new junior rider trainee (my groomer's 13-yr old stepdaughter) was not up to doing a full 50 mi today, esp when weather has suddenly switched to summer heat...
    So we only got 25 mi in, but it was all good.
    2183 days ago
    Mild-mannered Cat dons her cape and does it again! emoticon
    2183 days ago
  • 50FITNFUN Marie Osmond, you're a little bit country after all! emoticon Cat! Congrats on earning yet another fabulous medal. While it would be ever so lovely to have had a stellar finishing time, you overcame sweltering sun and painful blisters, a hilly course and backtracked a few blocks to get help for a fallen racer in distress. You persevered. You finished. You are a winner! emoticon
    2183 days ago
    You are so my hero!!!! I am so darn proud of y'all ah cood jus' sca-re-um!!!
    You got a ticket? for speeding? hmm..was the cop cute?
    ice and elevate my friend!!!! hopefully you feel better soon!!!!
    and um..i've met Keith Urban. back in 2000. hes still as hot as a race in nashville!!!
    Wish i could be there with you..but i can be bursting with pride and bragging from here!!!
    2183 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    2183 days ago
    I agree with Marathondad - Congrats on doing it!
    2183 days ago
    the time doesnt matter all that matters is you finished
    2183 days ago
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