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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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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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