Monday, June 25, 2007

Playing Catch Up

Monday, June 25, what the Hell have you been up to since June 14, Vince?

Well, on Friday, June 15 I did 20K - hard.

On Saturday, June 16, I did 20K, easy.

On Sunday, June 17, I did 30K.

On Tuesday, June 19 I did a HARD 8K tempro run. It was hot.

On Wednesday, June 20 I did a semi-hard 11K. It was even hotter!

On Friday, June 22, I did a pretty easy 20K.

On Sunday, I ran the Scotia Bank Half Marathon - which runs from the University of British Columbia to downtown Vancouver and the edge of Stanley Park - in about 2:22, then turned around with my crazy compadres, Patrick, Justin, Laura and Rob and then we reversed course and ran back up to the half marathon start line at UBC.

The five of ran 42.2K in 4:59:11, so we broke the five hour marathon.... :)~

Nothing quite like collecting a medal for a 42K training run.

The run was a lark. Parts of it, at least.

The race started at 7:00am and I got up at 5:00am, because I was putting on the post-run brunch at my house, and i needed to do a little kitchen prep like boiling the potatoes for the home-fries...

The weather forecast called for rain, which really doesn't do justice to the precipitation that fell during the race. It was beyond mere rain. It was a deluge of near Biblical proportions. It rained so hard that dozens of race bibs got so wet that they simply fell off their pins! The course was actually littered with lost race bibs! I have never ever seen that before. A lost timing chip or two over the years, but never racing bibs scattered all over a course.

And it rained for nearly the entire race - or the two and a half hours for us. We crossed the Finish Line, got our medals, grabbed some bananas and bagels and the lucky ones got a cup of coffee and then we headed back - to the Start Line.

The sun broke out for the last half of the run, dried us out and we had to peel off all of our rain jackets.

After 42.2K, we piled into Patrick's car and headed to my house. Everyone chipped in, but special thanks to Justin for being a stand up Sous Chef - or, Mr. Crispy Bacon we like to call him - and Laura for slicing fruit for the Sangria and putting up with my Gordon Ramsay like behavior. "You call that a lemon slice!"

The five of us ate a dozen eggs, a loaf of bread, nearly twenty cups of coffee, a pound of bacon, a dozen turkey sausages, two pounds of garlic and onion home-fried potatoes, and... there was a little Sangria to wash it all down....

Here is Vince's secret Sangria recipe I promised to disclose - a giant pitcher of Sangria containing two lemons, two limes, two oranges (thinly sliced), a cup of blue berries, a cup of raspberries, a cup of sliced strawberries (all fresh fruit), three tablespoons of dark brown sugar, a cup of Captain Morgan's spiced Rum, a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, a bottle of Merlot Rose and a bottle of Pinot Grigio.

Concensus - delicious (sp?).

For those who need to, you can cut it with a little Club Soda....

Oh yes, and at the end, there were some shots of high end tequila, followed by a short scotch tasting course...

I have the best running buddies in the world. They put up with - or at least tolerate - me and my crazy ideas.

They provide boon company at the best of times and at the worst of running conditions.

I love them like family.

They are family.

It is good to be blessed.


Anonymous waterboyjeff said...

Hi Vince -

Nice story - crispy bacon. m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m

Glad to have found this blog. Thanks for sharing this experience!


5:07:00 AM  
Blogger Lora said...

RUM in the sangria mix??? OK---this I am going to have to try! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

3:17:00 AM  

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