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I'm sorry if I let you down, MS. glidegal was the Organiz<i>or</i>, hence (I thought) the chaperone, so I followed her lead. I'm still not quite sure <i>where</i> this led, but you had cellphone photographic evidence. Looks pretty innocent to me.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www3.telus.net/browmon/msggssterroir1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Okay, running. I think this weekend was about running.<br><br>
The Expo was great. MS, Mr Souci, and I made the rounds and ended up buying deeply discounted Adidas. The salesman rewarded us with a freebie T-shirt and three pairs of socks <i>each</i>. What a haul!<br><br>
I tried to nap at the hotel after we enjoyed a delicious Vietnamese lunch. No go on the nap. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad10.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sad10"><br><br>
Time to meet up with the gang at Macaroni Grill. Dinner. Then we all shared one order of chocolate cake and there was still some left over!<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www3.telus.net/browmon/portlandgang07.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><img alt="" src="http://www3.telus.net/browmon/Portlandgang07.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Sleepless night. Gaack. Mr. Souci and MS accompanied Econo and I to the start. This would be my first go at pacing. I was actually a tad nervous, normally not a problem for me.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www3.telus.net/browmon/sseconoportland07.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www3.telus.net/sseconoportland07.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">At least I wouldn't have a problem finding the pacee in the crowd. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I thought pacing went okay until I hit a Blue Room around Mile 7 or so. In order to catch up with Econo, I had to boot it. I didn't adjust very well once we got together again.<br><br>
As pre-arranged, at the halfway point we parted ways and planned to meet at the finish. This was the long, flat lead-up to the hill to the bridge, and I just ramped up the pace. I have to admit, it was quite a rush to pass so many people. I experienced the usual highs and lows, but I felt okay most of the way, though fatigued. I could not wait to get to the Labduckian aid station. Who do I notice first? John, of course!!!! What a sight for tired eyes. And our chaperone! (I <i>love</i> our chaperone!)<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www3.telus.net/browmon/johnggaidstation.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
After a short visit, on the road again.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www3.telus.net/browmon/ssaidstn.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Not long after, more refreshment for a tired spirit: Hippo! He was battling nasty asthma symptoms but was his usual cheery Hippo self. We reunited in the chute at the finish where I also saw The Canadian (who had a magnificent race which I hope she will post about here).<br><br><img alt="" src="http://www3.telus.net/browmon/hippo07.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><b>Time: 3:41.45<br>
13 of 529 AG</b><br><br>
For those interested, this is a superbly well-organized race. There was a tiny slip-up at the start with too few loos, but the aid stations are plenty and extremely well-manned. Ditto the finish area.<br><br>
What a great weekend. gg and MrG drink-and-dinner-a-thon; winejunky and The Canadian meeting MS and I Saturday morning for a run and coffee; Labduck and Mrs Labduck organizing dinner, the aid station, and the apres race get-together; John, travelling a long way, donning the Pank and having to cope with groping gallivanters; Hippo and his upbeatedness; gritty tri/marathoner Econo; cheery and cheering Mr. Souci; glorious glidegal and MrG; and my Pal Sal.<br><br>
Could it be any better? Pacific dolphins on the ferry down; humpback whales on the way home. And Thanksgiving dinner Chez Mustang.<br><br><i>Private note to mini Mustangs:<br><br>
Dear D, you and I know I can be a bit of a nutty old thang, but I want to be serious for a moment and tell you how proud I am of you for shaving your head for Cops for Cancer. That takes a lot of compassion and a pretty big hit of moxie. Oh, and by the bye, while my French has been on the shelf for a while, I do recognize a fine accent when I hear one and you *have* it.<br><br>
Little Miss E (or L, if you prefer), you did make the finest pumpkin pie I have ever tasted. Bar none. No fib. I'm guessing maybe you showed your Dear Dad how to mash potatoes too. Mmmm, mashed potato perfection! I hope we can get together soon to do some serious knitting together ... or perhaps you can show me how to play the trumpet.<br><br>
I enjoyed your company immensely. Thank you both, your mom and dad, for inviting Mr. Souci et moi for Thanksgiving in your new home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></i><br><br>
Sal, thank you for taking on all the driving duties, for lighting everyone up wherever you go (while looking like a Supermodel no less), and being my Sal Pal.
 

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You always have so much fun and spunk Souci!! WOW on that marathon time! And what a fine AG placement as well!!<br><br>
wonderful report and you capture the essence of portland . . . weird! or maybe it's the out of town visitors that are weird??? . . .
 

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nice!!!!! thanks for the report and the pictures. Good job on your race. And you got to see Hippo <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Looks like you had a fun time - and what a GREAT race time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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<img alt="" src="http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3/labduck/KPW.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
You know Dearest SS, you and Sal and Mr. S are always welcome in Portland! You help balance out the weirdness quotient!<br><br>
Maybe someday you and I will run a marathon together. That will always be a dream of mine.
 

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That was a wonderful report. And your note to the mini Mustangs was so kind.<br><br>
And congrats on the run. Excellent AG placement! You truly have a knack for being <i>all things for all people</i> --one of our best Citizens of the World <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_salut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="salute"> without a doubt.<br><br>
well, innocent wasn't the first thing that came to mind.<br><br>
thanks for da whole troot,<br>
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Wow, SS! A fine debut as a pacer, a speedy second half, and hanging out with all those great people. Sounds like a great weekend. Thanks for the cool photos!<br><br>
(Aren't those aid station photos at mile 23? You look great!)
 

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Tammy, we sure missed you this year. Don't let it (your absence) happen again!<br>
merigayle and Jensparks, thanks! I'm not sure which I enjoy more, having fun or running, so it's easiest just to combine the two. Hippo sightings are icing on the flourless chocolate cake.<br>
Mrs. Labduck, the best route to the island is via Port Angeles. Now get yourself up here! Even the wild West Coast winter in Tofino can be fun. Nothing like curling up with a good book in front of the fire after getting drenched and windblown on Long Beach.<br>
Pie, you owe the Westies a visit. And some pie.<br>
You too JJJ. Thank you for the kind words. MS's kids are something special. In fact, ALL the Boomers' kids I've been lucky enough to meet are fabulous.<br>
Silly Millbot, the aid station is the first photo. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> It was at Mile 21 and a half. Really, I looked like compost but felt like a somewhat perky (but still psycho) bunny. My pacing definitely needs some work, but it was great to run with Econo.<br><br>
Funny, Labduck, when I started writing this, the idea of returning to Portland was to watch you run your first marathon (so now that's been delayed just a tad). I had secretly hoped to run it with you, but your training revealed that there was no way I could keep up. Whenever you're ready to dial down the pace, I'd love to run a marathon with you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1">
 

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scouchi, you modest stud-ette.<br><br>
somebody needs to post the fact you paced the first half at 1:59, then cranked out a 1:42 for the second 13.1.<br><br>
ummm, that's negative splitting, dude-ette!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cool"><br><br>
a finer smile, and pair of calfs, is hard to find... great run.
 

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(clears eyes)<br><br>
Eh? Wha?<br><br>
Oh.<br><br>
(Good job, grrrl!)
 

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Great report, great pictures and a great race!! I am jealous of all you westcoasters having all the fun. And your own personal photographer to boot!! (Hi Stuart) TG us easterners are meeting up this weekend <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Thanks for sharing the good time with us.<br><br>
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Sous -twas great as usual seeing you and Mr Sous. I feel short of your standards as a pank faery wannabe, but was fun anyhow. Modest as you are, your negative splits are quite impressive. Nice seeing the photo of the group at dinner prior to Sal's dancing on table.<br><br>
Looking forward to seeing you soon, hopefully before next years H2C.<br><br>
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SS - sounds like you had a great weekend and marathon. I always enjoy seeing pictures in the RR to see who everyone is. Nice pacing Econo. mc is right - awesome negative splitting! I have yet to learn how to do that . . .<br><br>
Thanks for sharing!
 

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Nice race there my friend - running, cocktails and yarn - you are living life!
 

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Sous, I'm a little late in reading this, but it sounds like a great weekend (not to mention race!). Your joy for running and living is infectious. Thanks for posting the photos, too - it's so fun to get a visual of everyone. (I love Econo's new Paula Radcliff look).
 
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