Beat The Blerch

  • November 14th, 2015
  • Sacramento, California
  • Beat The Blerch
  • Sharon: 2:31:10
  • Tim: 2:30:15

 

This run made both of us realize how much we missed doing races. Given how I felt about the last month of races during our HM project this was a surprise to me. We have decided to try to do a HM about once a month leading up to our full marathon.

We got a late start (because we are getting old and dotterly) Friday morning so we didn’t get to Sacramento until after 5pm. I think we hit the after work rush at packet pickup. Although the line was long it moved pretty fast. At one point a guy in a blerch suit worked his way up the line, handing out candy and encouraging everyone to carb load.

You must keep up your strength

You must keep up your strength

We got our packets and jumped into another line to get Matt Imman (The Oatmeal) to sign our book and Exploding Kittens card game. There was blerchy merchandise for sale. Tim got another t-shirt (!?) and I got socks. We both got blerch stress balls.

Tim also got a picture with The Oatmeal like the fan boy he is (his words).

Awkward guy hug

Awkward guy hug

Race morning was perfect. It started out a little chilly but was perfect running weather.

Another before picture

Another before picture

A lot of people dressed up. The pre-race was very festive.

I run for cup cakes

I run for cup cakes

I want these running tights

I want these running tights

The perfect couple

The perfect couple

Donuts were a theme

Donuts were a theme

Our packet came with temporary blerch tattoos but we forgot to put them on. I found a girl who put her tatto in the same place I had planned to put mine and she graciously let me take her picture.

Thanks Cinnamon - you look adorable

Thanks Cinnamon – you look adorable

They did a great pre-race party. This was the funnest race I have ever done.

Motivational sign

Motivational sign

Who are we to argue with the wisdom of the blerch?

Who are we to argue with the wisdom of the blerch?

This is before the race started

This is before the race even started

There was a pretty long line to get a picture with these guys so we skipped it. I want to know where to get Nutella in the, bigger than a yeti’s head, size.

Did you get that at Costco?

Did you get that at Costco?

The race itself was great. Tim had a bit of a flareup with his afib at the beginning but it settled down and he was able to run most of the race. They picked a nice route. I was surprised at what a beautiful city Sacramento is. There are lots of paths by rivers and great bridges.

We ran past the capital building.

Beat The Blerch

I heard lots of people laughing when we went by this sign. I wish I had a pen on me so I could have written, “Don’t Jump!”

Fly!

Fly!

As awesome as the scenery was it was the people who were the most interesting.

I think that blerch was flirting with my husband

I think that blerch was flirting with my husband

It's a donut parade

It’s a donut parade

Tim asked if she was the Dark Ghost of Halloween. No - she was a Japanese Hornet

Tim asked if she was the Dark Ghost of Halloween. No – she was a Japanese Hornet

My favorite was the Taco Cat

My favorite was the Taco Cat

Me and Tim ran together most of the race but I had to stop and go to the bathroom around mile 6. One of my only complaints about this race was the lack of bathrooms on the course. I was directed to a building (after asking at 2 aid stations) and there was someone with a blerch suit pointing out the bathroom. Because I came in the wrong door I lost about 5 minutes to 5 seconds of peeing. Tim ran ahead but I did manage to catch back up to him but I ran faster than I should have, trying to do so and payed for it that last 3 miles. I was sore and had to slow down towards the end. A race with cake and Nutella should have more bathrooms, in my opinion.

Most of the running surface was smooth pavement and nice bike paths but there was one section of bumpy wood boardwalk that tried to trip me.

Beat The Blerch

Once we got close to the end Tim was trying to speed up while I had to slow down so I told him to go. Coming through the finish chute I got boxed in by a group of people in banana suits pretending to fly.

Tim was waiting for me across the finish line. The finish line and food line were too close together. This was the only other thing about the race (bathrooms being the first) that was less than ideal. I discovered that banana with Nutella is a perfect after race food.

I love my medal

I love my medal

Cons

  • A couple more bathrooms on the course would have been appreciated (although they did have a few)
  • Finish line chaos

Pros

  • Great pre-party fun vibe
  • Pictures and book signing at the packet pickup
  • Great shirt and swag
  • Well organized
  • Great volunteers
  • People dressed up
  • Awesome food (during and after the race)
  • Beautiful course
  • Bridges and rivers
  • Ending on the track
  • Cool medal
  • Fun
  • Free pictures
After - I wish my hair would grow faster

After – I wish my hair would grow faster

This was one of the funnest races I have ever done. I was never bored even though I forgot my music in the hotel room. It was so fun to run almost the whole way with Tim. This race would be the perfect gateway drug into racing. It was beyond beginner friendly with many half marathoners coming in over 3 hours. It was almost completely flat and had lots of aid stations. Did I mention how fun it was?

Here I am looking like a beet dressed like hipster, posing in front of the Tower Bridge on our way to dinner Saturday night. After dinner we watched the Ronda Rousey fight. I was shocked that she lost.

Beat The Blerch

And here is Tim on our way to dinner and the fight.

Tim gets run over by  river par art

Tim gets run over by river park art

Oh Tim - you're so silly

Oh Tim – you’re so silly

When we got home as soon as Tim sat on the bed he was wearing a cat.

Don't ever leave home for 2 home nights again.

Don’t ever leave me home alone for 2 whole nights again.

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5 Comments

  1. Now THAT’S the kinda report we were hoping for! FUN FUN FUN!!!! I’m glad you had a blast. Great times, too! I haven’t found any recaps of the full marathon yet, but I bet it wouldn’t have been as much fun. You guys look fantastic. Oh, also I am in love with your cat.

    • Thanks we did have a blast. I’m really glad we didn’t do the marathon because I was sore from doing the half. You would have loved this race.
      Someday you’ll have to meet Meowse. She is the sweetest natured cat on the planet. I’m looking forward to being in Oregon for the holidays. I hope you are doing well and taking care of your injured foot

  2. Tim you look awesome. I love you.

    • You guys look great and happy and yes I love the photos! I liked your times but knew them ahead of time since Tim and I happened to be texting at that time.. he was giving me a sex education 101 on symbols, and words….. don’t ask, but do ask Tim, in case he didn’t tell you! Long story but very innocent. I also saw the cat photo as well. You two look like you have your groove back and that’s what counts.
      Love and hugs to you,
      Jane
      Oh, tell me about Mr. Oatmeal as I may have missed something there.

      • Hi Jane. Thanks for the kind words. We had a blast. Tim says that you should click on the link to learn more about the oatmeal. Matt does graphic novels and web comics. I should’ve put more back story in my post.
        Thanks for noticing our times. I’m pretty pleased with myself considering I stopped for the bathroom and to take pictures.
        We need to start running again. It has been over a week and we haven’t run a step.

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