Rest day! Rather than run, I volunteered at the Danskin Triathlon. What a neat day! This is what I blogged yesterday:


I just got the spend the morning with 5000 amazing women. My friend, Lisa, Roy and I all volunteered at Danskin Triathlon in Seattle. I decided last year that at least once a year I would volunteer at a race, and once a year I would "support" at a race (run with runners and cheer them on). Last October I did race support at Portland for 6 friends, ended up running MORE than a marathon, and having the BEST time. I did it again for the Seattle Marathon, and again had a wonderful time. So I decided to do it again. I know how much I appreciate volunteers because these things don't happen without them.

So this year I decided to volunteer for Danskin rather than DO Danskin.

As expected, it was a fantastic experience! It is just so incredible to see so many brave women out there challenging themselves in such a fashion. There were large women, small women, women still dealing with cancer, bald women, happy women, emotional women, and all of them were amazing women.

I was positioned at the start of the run portion, so I got to see people as they headed out to their last leg. I screamed myself horse, clapped my hands raw, and loved every minute of it. I think my favorite experience was the woman who hurled herself onto the course, threw her arms in the air and shouted, "Cancer isn't going to beat me" while she pumped her arms in victory. Wow. What can you say to that, except, "You GO girl!"

Some of the other amazing moments were a little smaller; the mother and daughter who were teared up as they held hands. I'd like to think they were just so thrilled to be there together and finishing this feat that they couldn't hold it in. The MANY husbands on the sidelines calling out "I love you"s to their wives. The kids jumping up and down when they saw mommy as if she was winning the gold. The shy smiles of appreciation from women who were already swim and bike weary. The last lady, being accompanied by Sally Edwards who said, "I told my friends, 'I just don't want to have to walk with Sally'" and Sally's response, "I get that a lot." You could tell they were BOTH honored to be there. It was just a really special experience.

If you've never been to an event like this, you need to go. Even if you don't volunteer, just GO and see how TRUE athletes challenge themselves to compete. There are some amazing things going on in Beijing right now, but there were even more amazing things going on in Seattle today.

  • 1h 32m 51s
  • 5.26 miles
  • 17m 39s /Mi

This is how fast we "run" when we have pancreatitis. Roy and I decided to go to the Run the Mile today at Emerald Downs. You run a mile around the racetrack and the proceeds go to Little Bit Therapeutic. One of my former students was a client so I always feel good knowing that I have a personal connection (although I keep far away from this kid because his mother was IN-SANE and I simply do NOT need that...sad, too because the kid is a nice kid, the mother is nutbird). Anyhow, on the way in I started with that typical feeling. I kind of had an inkling I might be getting it soon from some symptoms I've noticed recurring. So I was bummed, but not surprised.

Decided to go ahead and pay for it and if I couldn't handle the run, Roy could run and my race would be a contribution. I ran a bit beforehand to see how everything felt and, as usual, I didn't feel any worse running and knew that with only a mile, I'd be fine.

Can I say that was the longest, hottest mile ever? Yes, I can say that because it was. Plus running on the freshly groomed track is like running in oatmeal. But it's fun and afterwards they feed you a complete BBQ (burgers, dogs, chips, and cookies...I did just the burger and the cookie and three diet sodas because I was so hot).

Race time was 8:39 which isn't great for me for a mile, but isn't bad considering how I felt.

Afterwards I was actually feeling a little better so in leiu of more running, since it was as hot as the seventh circle of hell, we walked on the Interurban Trail to see where that lead. It was a nice, easy walk. I was feeling MUCH better.

Unfortunately it all came back once I settled down so the rest of the day has been sleeping in the car, then sleeping at home, and now waiting for a friend to come stay with us, wishing I could just go to bed now.

  • 1h 04m
  • 6.07 miles
  • 10m 32s /Mi
  • Kayaking
  • 1h 20m

We made a discovery today. Poor little kayak suffers from shrinkage. On the slough we can go left to the warm waters or right to Puget Sound. When we go out towards the sound it feels like the damn thing is deflating. Last time we quit, sure it had a small hole. Nope! Left it up for three days and no loss. So today we went out right and sure enough, shrinkage that would make George Castanza cringe. So we paddled back, added more air, and took off to the left. No problem! So we decided we'd rent a regular kayak for a trip out to Puget Sound next week. We are also going to watch for end of season sales.

  • 3h 36m 30s
  • 50.51 miles
  • 14.00 Mi/hr

Hopped on the Burke Gilman Trail and rode out to Marymoor. OMG it was HOT! I mean like really really hot. Like Africa hot. Like seventh circle of hell, hot.

  • 50m
  • 4.75 miles
  • 10m 32s /Mi

  • 1h 01m
  • 6.30 miles
  • 09m 41s /Mi

W00T! Great run! We went to Greenlake to meet a friend who is visiting from Utah. I got there early so I could run. Saw a beautiful heron on the run and stopped for a photo op. He was just sitting on Turtle Log. Beautiful guy! What a blessing!

Finished well in advance of Lisa showing up. (Roy says I am not allowed to have any more friends named Lisa, so apparently I've hit my quota.) Could have run three more, but um...didn't need to.

  • 32m 09s
  • 1200.00 yards
  • 02m 41s /100 yards

Swam with a friend who is doing Danskin Sunday and was ready to drop out. She thought she'd take an hour to do half a mile. Roy and I took her out and she finished in 32:09! I did some extra because I (for once in my life) am faster than she is. Felt GREAT!

  • Kayaking
  • 1h 15m

Took my friend Lisa and her family kayaking on Greenlake. GREAT time! It was their first time, so we all decided a nice quiet lake would be prudent. Everyone had fun and we got some "hard core" racing in. LOL!

Poor Roy has tired arms today, though because he had to kayak for 1 1/2 hours, then for another 1/2 hour when we swam. At least it was only a 1/2 hour swim. I would have gladly gone an hour.

A most awesome day.

  • 1h 12m
  • 6.75 miles
  • 10m 40s /Mi

Holy slowbee, Batman! Feeling sluggish. Should have taken a rest day.

  • 10m


  • ABS - Crunches
  • Yoga
  • 30m

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