Monday, August 11, 2008

8 on the...10th. RR

Before I post this, I would just like to thank you guys for your kind words and support on my last post. Things’ll be okay eventually!<3

Hello! Welcome to the Summer Olympic Games, held right here in Bejing, China. My name is Shu Lee, and I will be your host for this race report. Some very exciting events happened as we added a new event to this years Olympics, so stay tuned for a very new athletes crazy antics.

We have a new event here in the Summer Olympic Games. Here in the Chinese culture, the number eight is considered a very lucky number. In fact, many Chinese women have decided to have their babies induced, as much as three or four months early so there children will be born on 08-08-08. The brand new event we have added, suggested by Nancy, is an eight mile race.
Last week, over 2,500 athletes checked into Olympic Village, hoping to acclimatize their bodies to the altitude, and the thick layer of pollution sitting over the town.

One of those who couldn’t make it to China for the games, was Ontario’s own Tiger L. However, her story is one for the books, so we’re going to spend a little bit about her.

Tiger’s journey began just 1.5 short years ago, when her dad told her she wouldn’t run a marathon. She qualified for the just 3 weeks ago, on her birthday, with her split in a 16km race. The race itself was not fantastic, but when she found out that she qualified for this fantastic event, she was so disappointed when she couldn’t make it. She had other commitments, such as school, and work (Dagnamit)

However, to celebrate the event, she decided she would run her eight miles in her home town of Toronto Ontario. Unfortunately, an injury overtook her, and she was forced to do the two days late, on August 10th.

Leaving her house at a time of exactly 8:08am, she was ready to do this eight mile race! She had her fuel belt filled with water, a bunch of sour keys in her pocket, her I-pod fully charged with a killer play list of songs including some ABBA and other classics. The one thing Tiger did not have was her Garmin, so she relied on the likes of her ipod, noting the time she started and the time she finished.

She ran the first 2 miles by herself, finally meeting up with her pacer Super Dano! (pacers were allowed in this event, right?) , and the whole 8 miles, they flew along at a good clip. The run was done in 1:18. After the 8 miles were done, Tiger split up with her pacer and ran the remaining miles in the 17 she had on tap for this weekends marathon schedule.

What fun! I can’t wait for the triathlon, slalom kayaking and synchronized swimming!!!
Just a side note: After this run, (since I had my running buddy) I was calm and relieved. It’s amazing what you can figure out on a long run. Seriously.

Canada is going to kick butt.:)


At 6:36 AM , Blogger Wes said...

way to go Tigrrr! You like ABBA? How old are you really? ;-)

At 6:56 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Excellent report! And nice job on the 8.

At 7:31 AM , Blogger Lily on the Road said...

What a great report! Good job on your 8!!

I'm really hoping to see you in T.O.

Talk with you soon,

At 9:09 AM , Blogger Marlene said...

Good job working the 8 miler into your long run.

Keep at it, girlie!!

At 9:24 AM , Blogger Marci said...

Well done with your run!

At 12:15 PM , Blogger Non-Runner Nancy said...

Nice going, Tiger and thanks for joining in the fun!!

At 1:10 PM , Blogger Nitmos said...

Nice job. LR's are perfect for reflection.

At 6:36 PM , Blogger teacherwoman said...

Nice job Tiger! Great post!

At 3:27 AM , Blogger Amy said...

Great report - I felt like I was there! I run to ABBA too!

At 7:26 AM , Blogger Tanya said...

Good job, tiger!Isn't it amazing how a run can clear the head and calm the soul!

At 7:40 AM , Blogger Cliff said...

hmm..running is good. I can't wait to see Canada in the triathlon event. Simon Whitfield and the crew will be rocking the course! :)


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