First the RR, then the news. After bagging Azalea last week, I decided to run the Old Mobile 8K. This is a course very similar to Azalea and supports a great charity (Penelope House). Weather was near perfect, low 50s not windy or humid. Here's low-down.
1 mile w/u.
Starting report: There were some very fast looking people towards the front, so I went back a bit. I am also afraid of being "that girl" that isn't where she needs to be at the start. There was no chip timing, so I knew the clock time would be off from Garmin. Oh well.
Mile 1: I stayed with first female, which was just stupid 5:56
Mile 2: Realizing how fast she's going, made note to slow down 6:18
Mile 3: okay, I went out too fast and am already hurting 6:26
Mile 4: suck it up, baby girl 6:13
Mile 5: finally, thank goodness 6:22
Total: 31:14/ 6:15 average
I made the course long by not running proper tangents. (An 8k is 4.97..)
That was good for 2nd female. I was very pleased w/ my pace considering I did zero mini taper or cut back for this. Earlier in the week I did this:
T: ummm, no running, working like mad, though
W: a.m. 6X2 @ GMP (14 total); p.m. 6 miles
T: a.m. 10; 4 p.m.
As I was heading home, jamming to Rascal Flats, I suddenly saw something very strange behind me. Unfortunately it was not a UFO, it was police lights. I think I MIGHT have been speeding. (I said it was a fast day!) I've been pulled over a few times, but never gotten a ticket. Usually, if you do these things you can be let off with a warning.
#1 Admit your guilt- "Yes sir, I was speeding."
#2 Explain why you are in such a hurry. For me I can usually use school-related activities and no one wants to ticket a teacher.
#3 BE NICE, very nice and never, never question what he's doing.
Yeah, but this guy was new. He was reading off a note card. He didn't take the Niceness Bait. I couldn't use #2, so maybe that's where I went wrong. Plus I probably smelled like a dead animal, therefore any Good Looking Girl Theory for being let off of a ticket was out the window. In the end, I got a ticket. Mmmpph. What's funny about the situation is when he handing me the paper, he said, "Have a nice, safe day." I actually said, "Thank you." After I SLOWLY drove away, I started thinking, I thanked him for the ticket? whatever. My very first ticket. Sad, especially since we donate money to the State Troopers each year and they were the ones to ticket me. I'm about to head out for 20 and then it's TAPER TIME!
Ps. I just read a friend's blog about 3 officers being shot and I just want to say that even though I was annoyed by my ticket, I am VERY grateful that they are out there keeping everyone safe. I will also add that I do LOVE the Brewton Police Department for watching out for my crazy self at 3 a.m. as I run around town in the dark. This post in no way intended disrepect towards law enforcement.