Saturday, June 11, 2011

You’re Running in What?

Today is a rest day for me. Hallelujah. There was a time when I didn’t like rest days. Now I embrace them in all of their laziness, knowing that tomorrow a.m. I have a 40 mile bike ride at 6:30 a.m. No stinking need to exert myself today.

The only thing to do was to get an apple fritter the size of my ass or head, grab some coffee, set up  a chair and watch the Sunrise Stampede 10K run by my house. And yes, I did just roll out of bed.

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Not sure what Ken is doing with his leg, but I find it funny.

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I love races and I lover runners and I love running and I love watching races. LOVE. LOVE.

We set up the sprinkler.

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Watched the wheelchairs zoom by.

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And saw the front runner. He is lucky I am not running this race or I would be right on his ass. He came in first in 32 minutes. Show off.

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Nothing makes me happier than seeing this on my street.

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You always see something you haven’t seen before in a race. Today it was someone running in flip flops. Is this awesome or stupid? I can barely walk in flip flops. Maybe they were a special Nike Free flip flop that has just been launched in the running world.

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How’s your Saturday? Rest or Run or Race?

SUAR

49 comments:

  1. If I'm not in my running shoes... I'm in my flip flops! LOVE the flippy floppy runner! I must learn to embrace rest days as well. They scare me a little bit! Thanks for posting! Today is my off day as well... think I'll follow your lead!

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  2. Wow, how do those flip flops not fall off??? I'd never be able to run in them.

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  3. Don't get me wrong, I love flip flops, but I always think when I'm wearing them that if someone was going to chase me, they'd catch me in those.

    Have a great rest day!

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  4. Rest today - just one quick swim/bike/run-through to check gear before tomorrow's race! I've started to embrace rest days, too. Especially when you get to the 2-per-week towards the end of the period. Enjoy!

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  5. I love flip flops, but I think that would hurt between your toes... I know people run barefoot, but with a flimsy, floppy piece of rubber bouncing around? Yikes.

    Love your blog! LOVE, love, love it!

    Sarah @ Thinfluenced

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  6. Long, hilly run for me. The sound of someone running near me with flip flops would make me crazy!

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  7. Wow! I sometimes end up almost falling on my nose when I wear flip flops. (I tend not to pick up my feet which causes me to trip over nothing in flip flops) How in the world would I be able to make it to the finish line in them??

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  8. you take his ass, I'll get on his shoulders ... who's the fast runner now, huh?

    MEDIC!

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  9. Enjoy! I just rode the drainer for 1:40 min then did a 20 min run. Now pushups! Woot!

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  10. Wish I had me a head-sized apple fritter right about now…and I would NOT be sharing :P
    It is so fun to kick back and watch races, I so agree! The flip flops! Ha! Got a pic of a guy with his chip attached to his flops at B2B. Wonder what that between-the-toe area looks like post-race?
    No running today, I don't think. But who knows? I may be overcome by the urge later tonight after my kids are in bed!

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  11. saw a guy running in flip-flops in a race a few months ago. i guess that's the barefoot equivalent when you know you'll be running on gravel?? i too love flip-flops, but can't imagine running in them. the noise alone would drive me crazy--WHAP WHAP WHAP WHAP. no run or race for me today--did a 5k last night. ran into Jim (50...after 40). he killed it.

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  12. I'm surprised that lead guy didn't motion to you. He knew you was watching him............ LOL

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  13. Run...in the Marine Corps Mud Run....two showers later I ALMOST feel clean. It was a blast...every muddy obstacle, every slice in my shin...totally worth it!

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  14. Flip flops. Wow.

    Mmmmm that apple fritter sounds delicious! Cherish your rest day!

    Raced today-my first ever 5K actually! 5K PR, hungover, uphill both ways, no training bitchaaaaaaz! OK sorry. That was excessive.

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  15. Apple Fritter + hot coffee = YUM. :-)

    TM run for me today. Why am I like at least a minute slower on the TM? Does it really hate me that much? Total blow to the ego. :-(

    Bet an apple fritter would make me feel better....

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  16. Apple Fritterness, that's my girl ;)

    I want to get my little family out on a course solely as volunteers. What would we runners do without them? Sometimes we have to pay it forward...not to mention it's inspiring to see it from the other side. Great post!

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  17. i watched a race too! it was great getting to cheer on friends! you ENJOY your lazy day and kick butt on that ride tomorrow!

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  18. Today was a xtrain day so I roller bladed for 45 minutes, it went well! 7 miles tomorrow, so I am resting my legs for the run!

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  19. Flip flops--taking minimalism to a new level. I'd trip and fall on my face.

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  20. So fun having a race run right by the house - love that you put out the sprinkler! FLIP FLOPS? Ouch!

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  21. I ran 7 today pushing the double jogger. Perfect temps. Tomorrow and Monday are rest days, Wed is race day for a sprint tri here. Kinda weird, but this will be my 6th wed night race.

    Why am I not surprised the flip flop wearer has on tie dye? Awesome, is all I can say. A few ankle sprains ago (and perhaps a lighter race schedule ago too), this might have inspired me to try it just once to see. I am in full on flip flop season here, if I am not in running shoes, I am in flip flops - but I don't wear your old navy $1 ones, I have Chacos with a Vibram sole on them (vibram makes the 5 fingers), so they actually do have some arch support and can be resoled. I can chase my kids in them no problem.

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  22. I love running in flip flops! Never done it in a race or training, always after my kid or around the yard but it rocks and now that I think about it...cheap! Maybe I'll give it a try!!

    Awesome to have a race in your front yard!

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  23. flip flops= stupid. really.
    no race for me. I raced last week in my hometown..was a blast even though I finised in distress..really cute pics of me dry heaving on my blog
    so today 6 miles that's it.
    have fun on your 40 miles tomorrow
    hope your GI track is behaving.

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  24. Flip flops...not so much. Pretty sure that after about 30 seconds I'd kick them off and just run barefoot. I'm with you on embracing the rest days. Love em!

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  25. What a fabulous Saturday!! What a treat to step outside and watch a race.

    I thought you MIGHT pull an "Old School" Will Ferrell and go streaking. no?

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  26. That's so cool the race goes down your street.

    Not sure how buddy can run in the flip flops without them falling off.

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  27. In Australia we call them thongs. And yes I know what you call thongs. I'm not sure which would be worse to run/race in.

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  28. Were they all avoiding the sprinker? Were they crazy? I run through them whenever possible.

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  29. i wish a race went by my driveway !!!! so cool

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  30. Why are folks avoiding the sprinkler spray? That's the best! I saw a woman running a marathon in crocs once- these folks must have special feet to be able to do that.

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  31. I guess only "real runners" run through the sprinklers.

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  32. How in the world do you run in flip flops?!?

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  33. Sounds like someone forgot to pack their running shoes... I mean, if you do, would you still go through with the race or turn around and go home?

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  34. That can not be comfortable! I ran a 5 mile run in the Alaska Run for Women Race. It was tons of fun. Over 7,000 amazing women!

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  35. mebbe they are Huaraches he is wearing.
    You are lucky to live on a race route.
    Much better than watching tV.

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  36. That would be so fun to watch a race from the front yard!

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  37. Love this!

    (stumped by flip-flop running)

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  38. Dude is in a tye-dye t-shirt and flip-flops so the chances he was 'running' in this race are remote.

    He was wondering where everybody was going and if there were chips or ice cream there.

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  39. I would LOVE to live on a race course!!! I love how you and Ken don't even sit by each other-ha!

    I'm currently thinking of you as I sit here and leisurely drink my coffee while you are out biking 40 miles! Hope it's going awesome!

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  40. Totally awesome to be able to spectate on your driveway!!!

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  41. Used to live in Longmont and watched the Sunrise Stampede go by- the area in your pictures looks similiar. One of kids stills lives in Longmont, so after we're done exploring I imagine we'll be heading back to CO- so great for healthy sports and living!!
    Flip Flops--- ouch!!!

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  42. Hey! I havn't stopped by in a while. And I see everybody in the world is now following you!

    What a fun way to spend a day! And that guy was an idiot running in flip flops. I'm sure he'll be a candidate for foot surgury in a few years if he keeps that up.

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  43. I'm learning to appreciate being a spectator. But it's tough. Everytime I'm watching a race, I'm wishing I was in it feeling I'm missing out.
    Sat. we watched my bro-in-law complete his first sprint triathlon. He did great for a newbie. He's 60 and JUST started this endurance stuff. *Course he did let on that his gout meds helped the pain in his hip. :)

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  44. My first 5K there was a guy who ran by me in a pair of Croc flip flops. At first it didn't register why this guy had things written on his arm and legs in black marker. Later at the finish we saw him again and he turned out to be a triathlete from the Ironman that was run that same weekend here in Clearwater. That's a hell of a way to recover, by shaming a poor newby runner in a 5K:)

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  45. I can;t imagine running in flip flops. To me, that's insane.

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  46. Hey,

    I ran barefoot until I was 35 now I'm Born-to-Run in flip flops - mostly rocky trails in chaparral

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  47. I regularly run marathons and ultras in flipflops. Up to 2500 miles a year for the last 10 years...love em! Rob Hollingsworth

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  48. If you do run in flipflops, we need to get a group together on fb. I have never seen anyone else doing this....i can't be the only one!! Lmao

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