Friday, August 08, 2008

8 on the 8th (08/08/08) Virtual Race Report

Big thank you to Non-Runner Nancy for organizing this event for running bloggers. Our mission was simple: run 8 miles on the 8th and blog about it!

Disclaimer: I typically run in kilometres, but converted to imperial today in honour of the occasion. I even changed the settings on my Garmin for the big event! As such, I had only a vague idea of how fast I was running since I have minimal familiarity with paces in minutes per mile. It was fun for a change, but I'll be back to my regular metric programming on Sunday.

So here are my digits for 8 on the 8th.

Distance: 8 miles
Time: 1:15:25
Pace: 9:26

Mile 1 - 9:24
Mile 2 - 9:32
Mile 3 - 9:21
Mile 4 - 9:36
Mile 5 - 9:28
Mile 6 - 9:28
Mile 7 - 9:35
Mile 8 - 8:58

Not that any of it means anything to me!

It was a decent run; not particularly fast, but not particularly slow. I'm in the middle of a 60KM (oops - 37 mile!) week and I have 30K (oops - 18.6 miles!) to run on Sunday, so I wasn't trying to kill it. It was a nice day, an enjoyable distance and a run that I probably would not have completed if I hadn't committed myself to the virtual race.

And it gave me a good excuse to indulge at dinner with friends this evening!

Sorry, there's no "Olympic Flare" in this race report, but here's a self-protrait I snapped after the run for good measure. Everyone loves a close-up sweaty pic!

This shirt is the best I could come up with to resemble anything patriotic; at least it's red and white! Gotta represent the Canadians, eh?!

Now go watch some Olympics! Support your country, support your sport or support the competition in general. The Games don't come around that often, you know!

Thanks again Non-Runner Nancy! Can't wait to read the results!

(Geez there are a lot of EXCLAMATION POINTS !!! in this report; how's that for Olympic enthusiasm?!!!!!!!)


Amy said...

Great race! I know what you mean about converting to miles - I can never figure out how fast I should be running them!

Marci said...

Woo Hoo way to go. My turn today. Although I really don't have much motivation at all today to run. I thnk I'll use the race turn liberally.

Michelle J said...

Great race time and nice self portrait!

Great blog you have here!!

Lily on the Road said...

Ya "dun" good, made Canada proud!

Isn't the challenge a scream, I'm doing mine tomorrow....

Good job with converting the distance, I have to do that too!!!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Nice going, Marlene!! And thank you for the pictures. We love pics. Way to represent the Canadians, that was pretty speedy.

Thanks so much for joining us and running 8 together.