Monday, January 23, 2012

Women's Olympic Trial Marathon


Holy smokes I'm busy!  Wow.  Like, I'm so busy that I think I'm busier than everyone else.  Like, I'm the only one with a job – which has a busy-pull-yer-hair-out season of RIGHT NOW, and kids, and a birthday party to plan – complete with eight-year-old religious rite, and an anniversary – twelve years young, and a Spouse who's been called to work – for an absurdly undeterminable amount of time – to repair some international espionage-esque hacking,  I AM THE BUSIEST PERSON ON THE PLANET.  I might even be busier than Martha Stewart.  Or at least busier that you.

Right here I'm totally making fun of how we women (yes, even me) have I'm-busier-than-anybody-else contests.  It's that one thing, where we list (and list and list), all of the worth while crap we gotta do.  Which, let's just face it, had we forgone the academy-award-wining display of said list, half of it would be complete. These contests aren't official, or even acknowledged verbally, but they're happening.  And for the record, "worth while crap" is a very relative term, in that what's worth while crap to you ain't worth while crap to me.  Mostly because what I consider worth while is crap, so there you go.

I am soooooo busy that it's a good thing I'm not training for the Olympics or something.  Few...  That was close!  But you know who is training for the Olympics?  Shalane Flanagan, and Desiree Davila, and Kara Goucher!  Care for a recap of how that came to be?  Sorry, not today for I'm just too busy.  Kidding!


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Rabid and Yahoos at the finish line, the day before race.

On January 14, 2012, at exactly 8:15am, the Women's Olympic Trial Marathon was kicked into gear by  Frank Shorter.  I think.  Don't quote me on that.  Maybe it was Joan Benoit Samuelson. If you know who did shoot that gun, let me know.

This Olympic Trial Marathon for women is my second live viewing.  I saw the women's race in Boston's 2008 trials.  This was so much fun.  So fun was this race, that it was worth a repeat.  Hence the Houston Trip.

As stated earlier, we had just watched the first lap of the Men's Olympic Trial marathon and were patiently waiting for the women.  (We were strategically situation at miles 1.25ish, 9.25ish, 18.25ish, and 25.25ish.) When lo and 17 minutes and 45 seconds behold... the Women!  Running slower than normal.  We heard later that their first mile was in the 6:30 range.

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Here's the lead pack.  Davila in front.  To me it looked like everyone in that pack had chosen Davila as the girl to beat, and therefore decided to stick behind her.  Davila, on the other hand, looked as if she was waiting for someone to pick up the pace and declare the game "on."

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Then there's Goucher.  Sigh.  That girl is so hot.  She ran right by me.

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More Goucher.  I refrained from posting all of my Goucher photos so that Spouse wouldn't get worried or jealous.

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Then the masses passed.

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Then we waited.  There's Spouse.  Sigh.  That boy is hot.  I didn't post all of my Spouse photos so that Goucher wouldn't get worried or jealous.

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At lap two, the field had split considerably.  Up front were (left to right), Davila, Katie McGregor, Shalane, ???, Janet, Hastings, Deena, and Goucher.

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Round three was exciting.  Amy Hastings was in the lead!  And looking awesome.

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Followed by a Flanagan, Goucher, Davila scrambling.

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Further back, Janet and Deena looked like they were sticking together.

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The third to fourth lap was the most fun.  The field had spread and there was lots to watch.  Just when the last female ran by, Shalane Flanagan turned the corner and in the lead!  She was hauling ass.

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Davila was close behind Flanagan.  But not close enough to catch, it seemed.  We were pretty sure that Shalane Flanagan had won the race at this time.

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Just behind Desiree Davila, was that babe Goucher.

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... then that other babe Amy Hastings.  She has my favorite running style of the bunch.  Very tight, efficient and strong looking.

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Janet was fifth.  She finished the race with an eight-minute personal best.  Wow.

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Deena came in sixth with a 2:30:40.  Deena had a baby ten months ago, by the way.

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8 comments:

Jenn said...

As I read this post, all I could think was, "If I wore (non) pants like they're wearing, my thighs would rub together so bad there'd be a fire started by the end of the first mile.

megan said...

I'm so busy I can't post anything...but I can read your posts...and they always make me laugh...especially in January when everyone around me is wanting to cry...and can we get those awesome incredibly insane women so MORE FOOD!!! :)

rabidrunner said...

Jenn, I thought the same! Like my swimsuit covers more.

And Megan, remember the camera adds ten pounds...

Megan and Keli'i said...

Wait, I loved this post, especially since I just listed (and listed and listed) off all the crap I fill my time with. And it is crap, to be sure, but I gotta list it off, so that I fill validated and worthwhile :). Haha! No, but really...

And those women are insane! And those outfits too. You should do this. Are you doing this? You are such a badass, Rabid. And funny as hell.

rabidrunner said...

So, Megan. I like how I'm collecting Megans. There's Hawaii Megan (you) and Nevada Megan (your college cohort) and Arizona Megan. I should get a Megan in all the states. Maybe I should do a post about Megans?! To see if we can find more?

ANYWAY... I'm far too jiggly for one of those outfits. And slow. You gotta be fast to pull one of those outfits off. I'm always baffled by their outfits. The dudes don't wear skimpies. At this point, I'm sure it's a style thing, not necessarily a performance thing. Perhaps they take themselves more seriously that way? Or perhaps the outfits are just leftovers from their track days. Who knows. Whatever they do works, so...

Makell said...

The I'm busier than you game is a hit up this way, too! I have played it myself, but I have a frenemy that is the best at it. Too bad it is not yet officially in the 'lympics.... Maybe one day! However-that 8 year old bday is a bit of a killer. Lots to do.
So those women running have the most amazing abs-how!!?? Mine never looked like that running and I was pretty near as fast as them:).

Makell said...

The I'm busier than you game is a hit up this way, too! I have played it myself, but I have a frenemy that is the best at it. Too bad it is not yet officially in the 'lympics.... Maybe one day! However-that 8 year old bday is a bit of a killer. Lots to do.
So those women running have the most amazing abs-how!!?? Mine never looked like that running and I was pretty near as fast as them:).

Arianne said...

Great post! I watched the trials on TV, and wished I was able to go. So inspiring!