Milli Vanilli - Blame it on the Rain (never a cheesier song has there been)
Today marked the 42nd running of the タートルマラソン国際大会 - The International Turtle Marathon (the homepage of the race looks so sunny and everybody looks so happy... false advertising!).
They couldn't have made up a better name for the race today. As turtles like water (and we had *plenty* of that today), and I ran like a turtle, here is my crap time: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/392804587
Why must I suck so badly...?
Wait... I know why.
Thanks Milli Vanilli, let me quote your song which you didn't even sing (which is besides the point but funny nonetheless):
Gotta blame on something... Gotta blame on something...
Blame it on the rain.
Actually though even Milli Vanilli excuses can't save me here, I just sucked.
I can always try with the excuses though... I just got over my IT-band nagging injury and I sucked it up because of that, it rained a lot and really hard, it was windy, it was crowded, we were brought to a dead halt due to a massive puddle/hole turn around mile 5, I wasn't loved enough as a child, and blah, blah, blah. :-)
Anywho, for the recap;
- I got there, it was freezing a** raining.
- I somehow lost my iPod Shuffle just before the start in the race in the bag-drop area. Curses! This pretty much set the tone for the race.
- I was way rushing to the start line (due to searching for my iPod at the bag drop area), started in way too late of a coral.
- Here is about what anyone's face looked like looking up to the sky (courtesy of / credit to Mark Wahlberg & George Clooney from "The Perfect Storm" - it rained in that movie a bit too).
- It was absolutely flat out pouring.
- The "out" of the out-and-back course had us running into a diagonal wind and rain. And the rain was coming down and pelting so hard I could hardly keep my eyes open because the rain was thumping my eyeballs. I wish I had worn sunglasses to protect my eyeballs from the pummeling they were receiving from the rain.
- Then we turned around at the out and back. It seemed like the wind was now not helping us (not sure if it shifted but I could not have been in a more pissed off mood at this point so lets just claim that that the wind shifted).
- I ran through massive puddles at this point most all of the way, and peoples running would like splash all over you (editorial input: re-reading that sounds so lame).
- Eventually I flipping finished.
- I looked at my Garmin for my time and was pissed.
- We then had to walk through mud up to our ankles where they herded us. I thought my shoes were going to get stuck in the mud due to the suction
- I got my bag, there was a small hole in the top of it (was a plastic bag, of course the drop bags were not left under a tent to shield them from the rain because, umm... that would have made sense), and so my supposed dry clothes were pretty much soaked too.
- I groused about, hightailed straight out of there with my crap-a** time.
- Walked 15 min back to the train station freezing my a** off getting rained on some more. Hoping I don't have a cold now.
- Went to a mall right next to the train station, went into a public bathroom (along with a bunch of other drenched and cold runners) changed out of my shorts, shirt, and mud-shoes, into my also generally wet - planned to be dry clothes. And.... a about 70 year old janitor lady walks in mopping the floor when I was buck-naked... Awesome. Sorry about that.
- And then I went home.