Friday, October 8, 2010

Power of 10+ Virtual Race Report

Race day dawned this morning, pretty much like every morning, with me slamming down coffee and hollering at the kids to eat breakfast and brush their teeth.  I wasn’t really nervous about this race, but I sure didn’t know what to expect.  The Race Director’s instructions were a little vague:  do some sort of distance of 10 and do something with purple.  Hmmmmm.  Well, alright.  As long as it’s for a good cause (which it totally is:  The Lupus Foundation of America is dedicated to finding the cause of and cure for lupus, plus they provide services and support for people affected by lupus).

Power of Ten Virtual Race 004 Pre-race living room shot.  Sadly, I don’t own any purple running clothes, so I went with its complimentary color.  Orange you glad I did?  The sparkly headband is making its second virtual race appearance.  It was a little bit chilly this morning, hence the arm warmers.  Hard to miss me in this outfit, huh?

This was something of an adventure race, being held all over the city at ten different “purple” locations.  First stop:  Lavender Way.

Power of Ten Virtual Race 005At each destination, I ran up one side of the street and came back on the other for the entire distance of the street.  Lavender Way clocked in at .1 mile.

Power of Ten Virtual Race 008 *whew*  Done with the first leg of the race!

Power of Ten Virtual Race 009 Next up, Amethyst Way, which was slightly longer (almost a quarter of a mile!) and featured my first spectators.  The woman who was out sweeping her front porch wasn’t really sure what to make of me, but her dog woofed his enthusiastic support!

Power of Ten Virtual Race 015 Stop number 3:  Purple Skies Ct., which took me approximately 13 seconds to cover.  I think this is my new favorite race distance!

Power of Ten Virtual Race 019 Lilac Fields Place, #4

Power of Ten Virtual Race 022 Ironically the least scenic leg of the entire race, Lilac Fields Place featured trash on the street and gigantic power lines.

Power of Ten Virtual Race 024 The Neighborhood Watch on Purple Finch Ct. (#5) probably put out an APB for a crazy lady wearing a lot of orange.

Power of Ten Virtual Race 030 Violet Ridge Ct., #6

Power of Ten Virtual Race 031 The Violet Ridge Ct. leg of the race in its entirety.

Power of Ten Virtual Race 039 Iris Meadow Way, #7

Power of Ten Virtual Race 040 This section of the course was so long, the Race Director provided a bike escort.

Power of Ten Virtual Race 041 In fact, this section of the course included two more of my destinations:  Iris Spring Way (#8) and…

Power of Ten Virtual Race 042 Lilac Blossom Place, #9

Power of Ten Virtual Race 044 This part of the race was super speedy - at one point, I was even ahead of the bike escort!

Power of Ten Virtual Race 045 The last leg of the race, Purple Martin Way, #10.  A Purple Martin is a bird, btw, I looked it up.

Power of Ten Virtual Race 048 WOOOO HOOOOO - done!!

Power of Ten Virtual Race 049 Well, it wasn’t the longest race I’ve ever run, but it was sure a lot of fun!

Power of Ten Virtual Race 052 Many thanks to Marcia for hosting this awesome race for the benefit of a terrific charity – GOOD LUCK in Chicago, Marcia!!  In fact, good luck to everyone racing this weekend in Chicago, Portland, Kona, or even in your own back yard!  I’m really looking forward to all the race reports!

26 comments:

Patrick Mahoney said...

that's quite the outfit...

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

That is the coolest race ever! :)
I love the outfit, and I think you should get the most creative award for incorporating purple! How fun!

track coach and adorable wife said...

I'm with Aimee, you are too creative for your own good! That was awesome! Way to get out there and run for a good cause!

Michelle said...

Where did you get those zebra arm warmers!!?? I WANT THOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whitney said...

Congrats on a fabulous race! Were all these purple streets in one general neighborhood? Sounds like you had a fun time!

Laura said...

What a creative run! You should definitely win the purple award! And thanks for sharing the link...I may just wander over there and donate myself!

Zaneta said...

that is totally awesome!! :D Love the race report! :D

Java Joggers said...

That's probably my favorite race report EVER! And I'm pretty sure my hood doesn't have as many (or any!) streets with purple or purpleish names. Very cool!

Irene said...

Was Prince the city planner? That is an amazing number of streets that reference purple.

Super fun race recap!

DRog said...

You were crankin around Violet Ridge! Great Uni!
-Derek

Rae said...

Awesome race! I love how you did it!

Anne said...

Excellent race report! :)

Average A said...

You are so adorable and this looks like an AMAZING race. :) :)

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Nice!

M said...

How fun! I can't wait to gt back to running.

LMC said...

This is such a fun race report! I love your outfit. You look great in it!

ajh said...

You should win something for all the purple streets. Very clever!!!

Kristin said...

Great report!! Looked like you were having fun!

Caratunk Girl said...

Great report!! Love the running dress, you look awesome!!

The Green Girl said...

I love love love that you found all those purple streets! I am all about matching and that was amazing.

Teamarcia said...

OMG I love it! Thanks so much for participating--those the THE BEST arm sleeves ever!

Forward Foot Strides said...

That was awesome.

Laurie said...

What a great outfit!! You are too funny, love the "orange you glad". Very creative incorporation of purple... so cool!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

This is one of the funniest race recaps ever! Liked the purple streets and the bike escort. You were flying fast, just like a purple martin!

And about your comments on my blog, you're plan for this Sunday's race sounds great!

Mark said...

Great report.

Your running outfit is AWESOME! The arm warmers are a nice touch as well. AND, you are smiling in every picture. Yeah you!

Love the bike escort.

—M

JenniferLeah said...

1-one the best race reports I have read in a while
2-that is one hot outfit. LOOOOOOOVE!
3-there's a lot of purple in your town
4-awesome job :)