a Bri Gaal's Blog: 5K

Monday, October 26, 2009


Marty and I were planning on doing a 5k on Sunday afternoon called the Monster Dash and people supposedly dressed up in Halloween costumes. I was pretty excited and was going to wear a genie costume I’ve had for years since it seemed like it had enough flow to run in. Although I would have to come up with something to keep the little headdress/handkerchief thingy in place. Marty has superman pajamas so that would be his costume. Don’t think too much on why a soon to be 38 year old man has superman pajamas.

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, we were informed that the awards banquet for the NCTS was Sunday afternoon. Marty and I had both assumed it was Saturday night – but everyone knows what assume means. And we would’ve proven that definition had we shown up at the North Raleigh Hilton on Saturday night.

So we signed up for a 5K Sunday morning instead. There’s a bunch of road races in the area at this time of year (there was actually a 3rd one right by our house at a park but that one was also in the afternoon). Although some people don’t agree with us, we both like to do road races even if we feel like we’re not in tip top shape just because it’s fun to go out there and hurt a little bit. And haha to those of you who told me there wasn’t any reason why I still couldn’t dress up in my costume for this race.

Marty signed me up for this race and he definitely knows how to spell my name. I was so annoyed when I got my number and BRIANNA was typed on the bottom. Gah! That’s not my freaking name! 2 syllables – BRI-ANNE. Sorry, for this mini rant that I realize shows up on my blog about once a year, but after 30 years of having my name mispronounced I’m weary.

It wasn’t a big race but the fact that they had a bit of prize money meant that there would be some fasties showing up. We have too many good universities in the area and the post collegiates like to mop up any money that might be floating around at the road races. Sure enough, I saw the bunhuggers lining up before the start.

The start was typical – everyone goes off sprinting and I’m left behind thinking “You all just wait! Once I get up to speed I’ll hunt you down!” :) I ran my way into 4th place after a few minutes and the bunhugger trio was way up the road. I went through the mile in under 6 minutes and they were so far ahead I can’t imagine what they went through at. Just after the 2 mile mark bunhugger #3 was coming back to me. I passed her around the 2.5 miles and was in the money for about 15 seconds, before she unleashed that “I’m still 22 and can kick for 600 yards old woman” on me. And the $50 slipped away. Still managed to run 18:45 which I’m stoked about. The course was not hill-acious, but it was also not flat.

And anyways, I got me a nice little check later on in the afternoon at the banquet. “The Man” Dave Scott was handing out the awards and gave an interesting speech. Maybe I’ll use my winnings to buy some bunhuggers.

Not likely.


At October 26, 2009 9:57 AM , Blogger Alicia Parr said...

Sub-19 when not feeling "fast." Nice! I'd fall over in a dead faint if I ever saw you running a 5k in bunhuggers.

Good to see you and Marty ever so briefly yesterday and my apologies for the disruptive baby sounds during Dave Scott's speech. All of them weren't Remy, but some were. We even got the eye roll - sigh from Linda. Awesome.

P.S. And yes, I missed most of the speech, but Remy had a good time meeting the Set Up kids.

P.P.S. Congrats on your series award! We missed that part because it was PAST NAP TIME.

At October 26, 2009 10:40 AM , Blogger Kim said...

Wow..that's pretty dang fast for not being "trained"! Great job! I wanted to see pictures of you running in a genie costume!! Come on!! That would be awesome!! Glad you guys had fun!

At October 26, 2009 12:53 PM , Blogger Beth said...

I do believe my bunhugger days are over...although I still think you could definitely pull them off. ;) Congrats on your fast race!!

At October 26, 2009 3:06 PM , Blogger Jennifer Harrison said...

Congrats Bri! :)

At October 26, 2009 4:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annie...that's what it should be...no problems with that name! Mom

At October 26, 2009 4:20 PM , Blogger Mama Simmons said...

Wow! 18:45 is awesome... too bad about those young whipper snappers snatching the money. Around here they beat us in the ocean swims too- crush us actually. If you ever want to be humbled, race against those gals, huh?

At October 26, 2009 9:08 PM , Blogger ojs said...

Nice race...smoking time! Those youngin's sure can kick. I was doing an XC workout on the track with some of the 400 guys and they put about 10m on me within the first three strides.

At October 26, 2009 9:28 PM , Blogger runningyankee said...

next time trip one of them or just yell BEER. i'm sure one will stop to look around for it :) great race bri.

At October 26, 2009 10:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one question. What is a bunhugger?


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