father’s day fizzle

first off: happy father’s day to my dear dad! i will see you later, pops!

(file photo, may 2012)


the alternate title for today’s blog entry could have been “the best laid plans…

back in the winter, a bunch of emails were exchanged as we made plans for a family reunion/running of the waterloo classic. we’ve done this thrice before (you can read the account from two years ago here! the other two times were before i started blogging).

well, as it turns out, due to either injury or busy travel schedules, the only one participating in the race today is…me!

at race kit pick-up yesterday: me, myself and i!

let’s hope the fizzle turns into sizzle!

the classic holds a special spot in my ♥ because it was my very first road race – twenty-two years ago, this father’s day weekend. i wrote about my favourite running photo, taken at that run, here!

yesterday late aft, i finalized my race day preparations:

racing nails and kick-a$$ songs on the beast. i am ready to go.

as i type this post (again, late yesterday aft) the weather forecast is up in the air. as such, i have two possible outfits ready.

ensemble #1: in case of sun and heat (pretty, pretty please!)

back in black!

this is the outfit i reaaalllllly want to wear because the tshirt makes me laugh: i DIDN’T train for the ottawa 2012 race weekend (the shirt was a freebie i received at the store)…and had no intentions of so doing!

ensemble #2: in case of rain and cool temps (nooooo!)

still featuring black

the swaps: longsleeve nike shirt for the t; beanie ball cap, not the headband; asics gel noosa shoes instead of brooks ghosts. keepin’ the cw-x compression socks and lululemon shorts in either scenario!

[eta: i now have it on very reliable and good authority that the sunday morning weather is going to be humid but not rainy – YES!].

the race recap is planned for tomorrow. hint: wearing all black gives you the clue as to my attitude going into this race. hammer time.


30 day photography challenge:

day #17: technology

man oh man, thank goodness i am able to talk about running-related technology. if i had to explore the topics of computers, cameras, ipods, blackberries, or the internet, i would get the willies and for sure be convinced that a jinx was about to fall on my head. [i have no techie issues going on right now, can you believe it?!].

today’s race is being chip-timed – that is nothing out of the ordinary these days – most races do make use of the technology available that gives participants an accurate reading of their race time.

but things sure have changed since i started racing back in 1990! in those days, someone would record your bib number on a clipboarded sheet of paper as you crossed the finish line. the first year i ran boston, (1997) there was chiptiming, but there was quite the delay between the end of the race and when you could get your results. nowadays, there are still people out on the course, and the top finishers’ times are already available!

today’s official photo:

the “chip” is now attached right to the back of your bib!

[thought i’d throw a little GU in as a colourful backdrop, there…].

at the end of today’s race, there’ll be no need to return a chip that was tied to your shoelace or velcro’d around your ankle – that was the chip timing method used up until bib-chips.

what will be the next evolution? a bionic implant?!


and….wishing a happy father’s day to all the dads out there – enjoy your celebrations!

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  • Johanna B  On June 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I’d say I hope you have a good race but since I read the recap first there is no need. I know you did well. D#mn shoelace!!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      haha – yes! the benefit of reading a few blog entries in a row! you know the end of the story. oh, tell me about the shoelace…that will not be happening again!!!

  • Stephanie  On June 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Hope you had a great run today! I checked the weather and saw that it wasn’t that great this morning…I hope it cleared up (at least a bit) and you were able to train for the 2012 Ottawa run.

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      thanks, stephanie! luckily, we had a perfect window of non-rainy weather for the run…the drops started falling JUST at the finish! actually, i did not train for or run ottawa at all…that is why i like that tshirt and it makes me laugh to wear it!

  • aliwheeler  On June 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Great job today 🙂 You made it look easy. The weather worked out alright I thought. I took it a bit easy today. Should have pushed myself harder. We ran a 1/2 two weeks ago and have been slacking off a bit since.

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      thanks, ali! it was great to see you DURING the run! i appreciated your shout-out! way to go on doing the half two weeks ago – today would have seemed short to you. i was so glad the weather was ok, too! hope we meet up again at a race soon!

  • Zo  On June 17, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Good luck with the race! I love your outfit choices and nails!
    SC cat was very intrigued by my chip when I ran that 5k last year…it got wrapped around my shoelaces…a combo that he found irresistible.
    Happy father’s day to your dad!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      thanks, zo! i have fun planning the clothes and the nails, pre-race! a cat’s toy – now that is a new use for a chip! sc kittie would not have much fun with the bib chip…although he could tear up the paper on the bib??! enjoy your sunday!

  • 42kim  On June 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Go Cathy Go! I want to hear all about it!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      thanks, kim! the race went really well!!! check back tomorrow for the report! 🙂 a great weekend for racing, eh?! hope you are wearing your tri medal around today! 🙂

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On June 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

    You definitely plan out your races, Cathy! I AM impressed! I know you’ll do a great job at the race and I hope the weather holds out for you. Love your race nails. The bib chip is pretty amazing isn’t it? Kick butt, Ms. Cathy!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 17, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      thanks, fran! i am back and things went well – will tell you more tomorrow! and yes, the weather was a-ok after all! i’ve been doing my racing nails for close to 20 years now – it’s *my thing!* happy father’s day to you and your family!

  • Ele  On June 17, 2012 at 8:10 am

    good luck in the race and Happy Father’s day to your Dad! Wow, I thought you looked exactly like your mom but sans the moustache, you look like Dad, too!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      thanks, ele! the race went well – i’ll report the details tomorrow! people usually say i look like my mom…but i see the resemblance to dad, too! esp our eye colour! enjoy your sunday!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits  On June 17, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Hope you kick some 10K butt today and have a great time with your Dad later on!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 17, 2012 at 7:19 am

      thanks, stacie! it is thunderstorming at this exact moment – oh no! but the show must go on! happy father’s day to your family, too!

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