May 31 - June 6, 2009
I went into DC yesterday to run in the Race for the Cure 5K. It's difficult to run because there are so many runners and walkers -- something like 50,000. And a lot of the walkers didn't follow directions and started with the runners. There was a separate start line, and they were supposed to start 15 minutes after the runners. But I crossed the start line and there were already people walking, holding signs, etc.
So it was a little extra workout from your usual 5K, zig-zagging around walkers and slower runners, trying to find a good pace. I was happy that I managed to finish just over 29 minutes (I think -- official results not posted but I had my Garmin.) At least it was a chip race this year. In the past it wasn't. My clock time was somewhere around 37 minutes!
I got into the city really early. I was expecting to have to wait for a train, and for crowds. But I walked into the Metro station and right onto a train, and it left just a couple minutes later. I was meeting some coworkers for a team photo at 7:30, but I got there around 6:40. Plenty of time to find a port-o-pot (no lines!), pick up my donation voucher, and wander around. (They offered incentives to solicit donations. I procrastinated and didn't get any donations until race week. I reached my goal before race day, but I didn't get my voucher emailed to me.)
Anyway, that killed a little time. But I still had to wait for my coworkers. Fortunately, we were meeting at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden so I could entertain myself.
Eventually it was time to meet up. Folks gradually arrived, and we took a few photos. Then it was time to wait for the start!
Only the opening ceremony kept going, and speakers kept coming up. We just wanted to run! They ended up starting about 30 minutes late.
But it was a really good time. The event was very well organized. There were great vendor freebies at the finish, and the race had plenty of snacks and drinks available. I was impressed!
Also this week ...
I've got some lazy cats.
And finally, I took this at the Cracker show last week, while waiting for the encore:
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