Far be it from me to be critical (bwahahahaha! Did anyone buy that?), but people are kind of dumb.
I just got back from volunteering at a zombie-themed race, and I swear the zombies are not the ones lacking mental prowess. Here’s a sampling of things that seem like obvious organizational issues that shouldn’t have happened:
This was all just my experience working day-of registration. One would hope the course marshals sent people the right way, the water stations had enough water and that pre-registration went more smoothly (although they dealt with the flag/belt packet issue too). Or there could be some poor souls lost in the park trails. I might’ve gotten lost out there once.
But like I said, I’m not one to criticize. *snicker*
It was still fun, if disorganized. There were well over 1000 participants and I’m sure most of them had a seamless experience. I went with a friend, so he and I had a sense of humor about the whole thing and helped each other out whenever we could. I think we kept our own personal screw ups to a minimum.
Good thing they had me there to keep things under control.
Oh, I crack myself up. I’m gonna run for president. You set your bar low, people!
In other news, I didn’t quite nail my workout yesterday, but I came close. I was supposed to start at about a 9:49 pace and work my way down to 8:22-8:32 for mile 11, then cool down at an easy pace. You can see I blew the slower pace at the start, which I paid for by not being able to get down to 8:22 at the end. I think I might’ve been able to get there, but as my last double digit run of the training cycle, I didn’t want to hurt myself so I didn’t push it.
Speaking of stupid, I had to write my target paces on a little post-it that I stuck on my iphone because I get really dumb when I run, especially when it comes to numbers. Because I couldn’t handle remembering to increase the pace by 10 seconds per mile. I’d forget what the previous time was, nevermind be able to subtract 10 seconds. And clearly my cheat sheet did me little good because I didn’t start hitting my target pace until mile 6. Stupid.
The workout kicked my ass, although I feel only slightly stiff today. However, I’ll need to step it up on race day to average an 8:30 pace for the half marathon. Good thing adrenaline comes on race day.