Trip ‘n Dip

On my birthday I was challenged to take part in the annual “Trip ‘n Dip” Resolution Run, and so this morning Ruby, Kate and I headed down to Magnuson Park for a little run. It’s a flat 5k course with an optional detour into Lake Washington at the end.

I registered in the “Clydesdale” category since I currently weigh more than 200 pounds. Looking over last year’s results, it seemed possible for me to actually win my age group in the Clydesdale category. I just needed a simple strategy: if I saw anyone who appeared heavier than me, I needed to beat ’em.

The weather was great and my friend Michael and I ran the whole course together. (Kate and Ruby also took part, with Ruby in the stroller and our friend Sally running with them). My strategy kind of fell apart, though, for two reasons:

First of all, I ran pretty much as fast as I could. It’s not like I could have sprinted ahead whenever a fat guy lumbered into view. I ran about an 8:20 pace, which is close to the pace I kept for the half-marathon a few years ago (but for only a quarter of the distance), and I’m quite happy with my 26:50 time for the 5k course.

More importantly, though, I have no idea what “people who are heavier than me” look like. It’s really hard to get an objective view of oneself. Do I look fatter than that guy? It was hard to tell what general category of physical appearance I should slot myself into.

Fortunately, I don’t obsess about these things very much. I want to get in shape firstly to get rid of some nagging aches and pains; secondly to perform at a higher level in my physical pursuits; and thirdly (and least) because it’s nice to look good and feel good about my appearance.

Family of Champions

We (Kate, Ruby, and I) participated in the University District Street Scramble today, and we won!  Specifically, we won in the 90-minute family on-foot division.

The street scramble is a scavenger hunt where teams (or individuals) are given a map with various locations on it.  Each location is worth 10 to 50 points.  You choose which locations you think you can hit, and which route will be most efficient, and then off you go, on bike or foot.  Being late costs you 10 points per minute.  Oh, and the map has only major streets names marked on it.

We had a lot of fun, and we picked a good route which we finished in 89 minutes for 370 points.  Having Ruby was an advantage since she’s still young enough not to get in the way of making decisions, and without her we would have ended up third in the mixed division instead of first in the family division.  🙂