Saturday, June 7, 2008

Fremont Briefcase Relay: The Most Fun Race Of My Life...With 15 Minutes Of Fame Included

I made it to the front page of The Seattle Times....The paper's caption is:

"Runners take off Friday evening from the starting line of the Fremont Briefcase Relay at Adobe Plaza. In the relay, five-person teams wear work-related clothing (loosely interpreted), each team carrying a briefcase that contains a phone book. Lizzie Lee, center, in white dress, and Mimi Newman, at right in Oktoberfest attire, were among those starting the first leg of the relay."

Yesterday, June 06, 2008, I ran the most fun race of my life (so far...): The 5K Fremont Briefcase Relay. The run consisted on a 5K relay (5-member team running 1K each) wearing business attire from the waist up, with a briefcase with a 2008 Greater Seattle Yellow Pages in it.

Our business? Gold Diggers and a rich Bachelor to catch. The Gold Diggers: Shelly Martin, Alisha Schmidt, Cara Haubrich, and Lizzie Lee. The Bachelor: Mike Stevens.... Our briefcase: (to put the money and run) was my 3rd grade briefcase (43 years with me!!!).

1st. leg: Lizzie, 2nd: Alisha, 3rd: Shelly, 4th: Cara, and Mike recovered the briefcase for the last leg and to run away from the Gold Diggers. He had to run under 6
min/mile to make up for the time it took us to run with the wedding dresses. Our team did 27' something.

It was exhilarating and impossible to describe the magnitude of the fun.

After the relay, we ran the Fremont 5K (580 runners: 233 females, 347 males). I tried to break my PR given the "fast" course and get it under 29' (I only needed 2" for that), but couldn't do it. I don't know what was fast about the course, when the first 0.5 miles were uphill (and that was my leg in the relay!!!). I did 30'40" for a 9:53 pace. Overall 140/233, 4th in my division... We weren't many, we were only six old ladies in my age bracket!!!!!!

Mike did 21'25", Shelly 32'13", Alisha 27'34",
Cara 31'56". Congrats to all, and THANKS for the wonderful time. Memorable.

The race didn't end well. 0.20 miles before the finish line during the 5K race a man collapsed before me, apparently with a heart attack. I hope and pray he made it.

On a boring note, my long run this week was a 10-miler, again on the treadmill, given the Fall/Winter lousy, icky, miserable weather we've had in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest. Pouring rain, sleet (yes, sleet) and cold!!! This week snowed in Stevens Pass. Our high yesterday only reached 54, that's fourteen degrees below the average high of 68. The weather reports say is not unprecedented but certainly unusual. This is our weather from June-uary as we call it.

But guess what? We had a sunbreak at 5:45 pm, 15 minutes before the Briefcase Relay. That was a gift..

Another week with a shortage of miles (16.7) and tomorrow Sunday I ain't running!!!!

Ok. I lied. I did run on Sun another 5K. Pretty good. I'll post about it next Sun. My total week mileage: 19.8


IrishBlue said...

That looks like a blast! Too funny. Good job on your 5K too.

MarathonChris said...

That looks like GREAT FUN!!!!! And you made the paper too!

Great job on the 5K! You will PR soon, I am sure.

Petraruns said...

That just looks fabulous and such fun! And you look great and what a lovely bride! Lucky man to have so many chasing him..

A PR is in there I know it. It will happen...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the good race and on making the paper.

ShirleyPerly said...

Now that is some race! Congrats on making the front page of the newspaper. You look great in your wedding dress!!

Backofpack said...

Wow, that looks like fun! You were all gorgeous in your fab wedding clothes!

Jade Lady said...

What a hilarious race! Sounds like a load of lafs and fun.