Friday, November 12, 2010

Taper Finale - special Guest Appearance!

Oh. Kay.  Where to even START?

So you know how in January Bart Yasso walked past me & T at the Bermuda Half Marathon Start and said, "nice socks"?  And we both practically swooned?  Well, guess who I hung out with last night?  My new bestie...  Bart.  Yea, for real.  Want proof?

And then, after he signed my bib (can you say MOJO?) and paid me a very nice little compliment that he probably pays to 200 women a year but frankly I don't care because HE PAID IT TO ME, he got up and spoke.  And I'm sorry to be so vague and generalized, but this man is awesome.

I can't tell you everything he said, but I can tell you that what I took away from his talk is that for most of us, this isn't about winning the race... or even placing in an age group... for most of us, we're here for the LOVE OF THE RUN.  (that is not what he said, that is simply what I heard).  We are LUCKY.  The fights have been fought an won.  Anyone who wants to can just sign up for a race.  If they love it enough.

And I do love this thing, running.  I can't explain my love.  It just is.

SO.  On less sappy and more familiar territory...

I'm out of here.  Voting myself off Taper Island...  there's only a few of us left at this point and, yea, pretty much, we're all bailing.

Alex - you've been voted off Taper Island, have fun you crazy Triathlete!
SNOT MTTer's - this is IT!  We're OFF Taper Island!  WHOO HOO!  Let the SNOT jokes commence!
Well, except for SPEEDEE who likes it here so much that she's doing it all again for the JFK 50 miler.

Richmond Marathon is tomorrow.

I'm ready.

I'm healthy.

My bib # is 3503 if you want to stalk me, I don't know how easy that will be but here's a link.  If you're on the course I'll be wearing a SNOT Green Plaid Skirt with tall SNOT GREEN compression socks... and yellow shirt, but there will be 1000 people in yellow shirts.  I am notoriously focused when I race, and can run within feet of someone and not hear them shouting my name, so IF that happens... it's not personal, it's just business.

Runner First, Logical Thinker Second.
Oh, and ...
I have it good authority that on Saturday I am going to be...
"Galactically bad A**!" 



and this is the #1 reason I hate business trips - missed bonding sessions with Bart.

Rene' said...

I am officially stalking you. I have a CCD retreat with my 9 year old, but I will be getting texts and emails regarding your progress:) You are going to do so well! You have worked hard and this is your time.
P.S. Bart was looking good last night you lucky girl!

Anonymous said...

Good luck tomorrow! I know you'll do awesome and I can't wait to hear all about it :)

Suzi said...

Good luck tomorrow! I'll be out there cheering, so I'll keep an eye out for your snot green outfit.

P said...

GOOD LUCK!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to hear about all the ways you kicked a$$!

Anne said...

YYAAAAYYY for getting off taper island. I'm so excited for you and know you're going to have an amazing race! I can't wait to read all about it.

Good Luck...have a blast and I'll try and stalk you if I can :)

How cool that you got to hear Bart!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Good luck! Looking forward to reading your race report.

Jen said...

I am so stoked for you (do people say stoked any more, I think we should bring it back if they don't).

You are off the island and are ready... trust your training... listen to your body and run YOUR race!

"See" you on the flip side, babe!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

There are 2 3's in your number, just sayin. HUGS and good luck buddy!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

How better to ease the crazies than getting compliments from your bestie, Bart! You are sure to sail through your race!...with nice socks. ;-)

..let the stalking begin.

Anne said...

Aw...I didn't realize I was in can count on my support, that's for sure!!! :)

Pam said...

That's so incredibly awesome that you got to hear Bart speak. I had heard his name so often, but until I read the big article about him in Runner's World recently (The November issue? I can't remember. My months are all running together lately.), I didn't really know his story. He is an amazing individual to say the least!

Now go kick some Richmond butt this weekend!

DaphneB said...

OMG I would LOVE to hear Bart speak! Lucky girl. You will do amazing tomorrow; I'll be rooting for you from afar!

Anne said...

Wooohoooo! You did amazing :)