I decided to do MCM Mama's Virtual Race to help her celebrate turning the big 4-0 and entering a new age group. I had a few different chances to do it, but ended up running it yesterday, which was her actual birthday. I originally had a nine miler planned, but time constraints (read: children) got in the way, so I did 8.25.
In honor of MCM Mama's love of the brew, I was hoping to do an outside run, and go past the Budweiser Brewery here in town. Mike is back to work this week, so I had to treadmill it instead. But I kept up the Beer Theme, Exhibit A: my Boilermaker 15k t-shirt from four years ago, that I dug out of my drawer, hence the wrinkles. I don't wear it often because it's cut kind of weird. If you aren't familiar, the Boilermaker is a race in Utica, NY, that ends at the Saranac Brewery, with free beer for everyone, including a pint glass. What I call my "Rohan Squinty Left Eye" is really obvious in this photo....my Grandfather, Mother and Aunt all have the same quirk, the left eye gets really small in pictures.
I got the kids set with a game, put Monster's vs. Aliens on the television, mixed up some HEED (which I won in a past MCM Mama giveaway) then headed to the basement to hit the treadmill. I set the incline to 1% (thanks to Emz, I now do that so my treadmill run is comparable to running outside), and cranked it up to a 10 minute pace. And stayed there. My knee was bugging me a bit yesterday, and as I'm less than 3 weeks from the marathon, I'm not taking any chances.
I scrolled through daytime television, paused on VH1 '80's to watch a video from the movie Pretty in Pink (loved John Hughes), put on Fox News for a bit, watched some of a stupid movie with Beyonce, about a guy who is cheating on her with a psycho at work. Finally landed on Riding in Cars With Boys, with Drew Barrymore and Brittney Murphy. I really don't know what I would do without my basement television. The treadmill would just be a bear.
Finished the 8.25 in a predictable 1:23:20, as I turned the treadmill off I realized I should have taken a picture of my time. Came upstairs for some water in Beer Theme Exhibit B: my Boilermaker pint glass from this year. Then I ate a black bean burger, made the kids try on their winter clothes so I know what I have to buy for the new school year, then later on took Luke to his first soccer practice.