Maybe because my brain is fried.
This morning I ran the Newport 10,000m race in Jersey City (NJ). I had a 6 mile run on my training docket, but when an ERC club member mentioned they needed a 4th runner for the women’s open team (for our USATF team), I figured why not?
Why not? Maybe the pouring rain (drops so big you could even see them)? Actually the rain was only present from about 20 minutes before the start through the first 1.5 miles. Then it stopped (but the humidity picked up–overall a perfect race day!). Actually, my goal for the event was to see if I could hold myself in check–I’ve got my 10M at the end of the month, and I’m determined to really treat that as a social run, but I tend to get caught up in the excitement of the event and go off too fast.
So my goal was to run about an 11 min/mile. At mile 3 though, the clock showed 30:12, so I dialed it down a notch, and finished at 1:03 and change (chip time), 1:04:22 (clock time). I walked two water stops and a bit along the boardwalk, mostly because the boards were slick from the rain and I didn’t want to lose my footing. But honestly, I don’t think I could have gone much faster–my endurance is still a long, long, long way from where it was this winter.
I traveled to the event with 3 running club friends, one of whom (Michael) convinced us to stay for the awards ceremony by claiming we’d have a chance at winning some of the random prizes at the end. I’m going to go on the record here and state that in my 46 years of life, the number of times I’ve won something through a drawing or lottery could be counted on one hand. I’m not lucky in that way. Except for today!
I won a $25 gift card to a local Mexican place! Woo-hoo!
And even luckier? As we were making our way back to our car, I was approached by another runner, who asked “Are you Paige?” I acknowledged that I was, and he introduced himself as Neil from RunningInNJ. We read each others’ blog! How ’bout that. I always marvel when I read other bloggers’ accounts of running into fellow bloggers, and now that’s happened to me!
Of course, I took a selfie of Neil and me!
After returning home, parenting duties called (even though I really wanted a nap). Today was the student art festival in my town, and all three Things were represented. I really like this art festival, mostly because it gives
my kids the non-athletic kids a chance to shine. Having attended an elementary school and high school where art and music programs were cut across the board, I’m more than a little jealous that my kids get such a comprehensive art program. And of course I’m biased, but I think they’re rather talented, too.
Here’s Thing 3 with her watercolor. She says she hates watercolor. I can understand that. It’s hard to control watercolor. And she’s all about perfect execution of her own ideas.
These are Thing 1’s. He was fulfilling some volunteer duties, so he wasn’t around to explain the assignment. I really like the one on the left.
Here are Thing 2’s. Let’s just say that ceramics is not her forte. Her pencil drawing of the teapot is really 1930’s/art deco-ish. I love the heaviness it portrays. And I love the faceless girl. She’s really good at body shapes. I thought her landscape could be a cute storybook illustration.
The day ended as it started–a huge rain storm swept through town (luckily after the art show, which is en pleine air). Now, it’s time for a nap!