Monday, June 27, 2011

Sweat Your Thorns Off 5k

Thanks to The Boring Runner, I tortured myself with another race.  Not so long ago I swore off racing, but a virtual race would be better right? 


Indiana Jones & I are ready to head out complete with race bib!

Since I had no thorns, I figured I should at least sweat so I waited until later in the day to head out.  Of course, due to my scattered brain, I started even later than planned...  Got in the car with my favorite four pawed pacing partner (i.e. dog) and did a couple of errands before heading out to Champoeg State Park.  Driving south, I was dreaming about flat paths and how everything was going to go.  Then it hit me...no running shoes...I had left my shoes at home.  No, running in the VFFs on my feet was not an option, so we turned around to get the shoes.  And then off again...



Finally to the park!
Indy & I finally arrived about 12:30 and did a couple miles warm up and a few strides.  And we were off!  I planned an out and back along the asphalt path in the park.  Although not even close to the temps of the non-virtual race in Arizona, it was plenty warm for me!  The sweat was rolling off.  At the beginning of mile 3, I passed an older couple with their granddaughters and the cutest tiny Pom.  Yeah, I know it was a race, but I stopped anyway.  We chatted for a few minutes while Indy greeted their dog and was adored by the girls.  I headed on out to finish up.  Finished in 26:03--a sort-of PR.  (Twenty seconds quicker, but with the extended stop not gonna count it.)  All I can hope is that I win the Female, 43, Running with Dog Division.


The park edges along the Willamette River south of Portland. 

As for the number 23...years ago we numbered our family for a reunion.  Each person was numbered according to when they becam a member of the Barringer clan.  Dad, 1; Mom, 2; oldest sister, 3; etc...   My mom (2) and oldest sister (3) have passed away therefore the 2 and 3.  Put them together for 23 and you have the number of my husband and best friend.  So 23 has become a bit of a specail number to me.

12 comments:

Amanda@runninghood said...

Well done! Love the meaning of the number. :)

Emz said...

so
freaking
awesome!

WAY TO SY{freaking}TO!!

Small Town Runner said...

Great Job, J!! Your dog made a friend too! haha.
I have always wanted to run at Champoeg...one of these days I'll do a race up there.
Thanks for explaining the significance of the number. It was a race in their memory- good reason to PR.

Adam said...

Nice work!! I'm with you, I think that you totally killed the running w/ a dog division.

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

We're looking at the Maui Oceanfront in January 2012 too! That would be fun to run it with you there as well. I'll let you know when we confirm it.

Marissa said...

love your blog! Absolutely not too late to join in on my 5K! Send me an email to rissarose80@yahoo.com with your race time and picture! I can send you a bib if you send your email address!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

What a pretty place for a race! Great job on the 5K - even with a stop to chat along the way!

Raina said...

How far off of I5 is champoeg park? I almost went there, but was worried about hitting Salem at rush hour.

I missed you this trip to Portland :( ...but i hope to catch you and maybe MR. F on the next trip!

Keri said...

Nice job on the 5k!!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Nice work!! And I love seeing pics with your fur baby!

C2Iowa said...

You have not posted in 3 mos. Is all well in your neck of the woods?

C2Iowa said...

Did you see that Adam has another race for "Freeze Your Thorns Off"? Figured that you'd want to know.