All right, inquiring minds want to know. How did you keep the kitty ears on the whole race?
Bobby pins. Lots of bobby pins. Also, luck.
Thinking about running times just makes me feel old and decrepit. 12 years ago I ran my last 'serious' 5k. To be precise I ran the second leg in a 4x5k charity relay. I clocked 23 minutes. Now, injuries and age taking their toll, I'd struggle to break 30 I think and I'd be in pain most of the time. I can still break 12 minutes for 2.4km (which is how rugby refs get fitness tested) but I couldn't maintain that pace and I can put in the road work I'd need to do so without spending most of my life icing my ankle.
Plus I will never (never did) look as cute as you doing it.
23 minutes! I'm envious. I can only dream about 23 minutes. I know I can run 5k in 28 minutes, which is the fastest I've done it outside (on rough terrain). But I seriously doubt I could ever do 23 even on a perfectly flat treadmill.
I was hoping to break 20 and I ran the first 2k in 10 but I couldn't maintain that pace.
Sorry to hijack but oh dear. I want to ref Rugby and in our fitness test this evening I ran 1700m in 12 minutes. I'd better bump that up ...
And DUDE. That's some serious running, I am very impressed.
Go for it! Everywhere needs refs and, except at the highest levels, I think fitness is secondary to game management skills.
Part of the reason I want to ref is because as Fixtures Sec we've had so much trouble getting refs so I know how badly they're needed ! I really need to get on the course.
The other good reason for doing it is it will completely change how you think about the game. I think every coach, and probably every player, would benefit from reffing a few games.
I agree, but on the flip side I worry that I'm not experienced enough to ref, because I've only been playing for 2 seasons.
Our head referee coach never played at all. Also we have some very young referees who didn't play much before starting reffing. Come to think of it that's true of my son too. He only played minis and he refs now in the ACT.
What position do you play?
That's reassuring. I'm a utility forward - started at flanker, have been dropped into the second row at a pinch, currently moving towards hooking, but might have to prop since we've just started our second team, which I'm vice-captain of, and so we're liekly to eb short of experience front-rowers. I believe we're the only North London ladies club with 2 teams, which is quite a source of pride to me
Sounds like my playing days. Started as a hooker (so emergency prop by default), moved to flanker/8 but towards the end of my playing time played more at second row. Third team rugby. You have a 40 something 200lb guy and a 17 year old who's 160 dripping wet. Who plays flank and who plays lock, even if the bigger guy is a much better flanker?
It's great that you can run two ladies teams. My club just about manages that plus an U18 girls side.
Wow, I love your costume for the race. You look fantastic :-D I've never done a 5K before, but friends of mine have. It'll be something I'm looking into doing.
It's a very civilised distance. You end up feeling like you've accomplished something, but you're not completely knackered and can still walk home and host(ess) a barbecue. :D
6 minutes a K - that's not too bad at all! Good for you, and for gaining style points as well with your outfit!
Thank you! I'm hoping to get faster with more training. Now that a 5k feels manageable, a 10k doesn't seem too unreasonable. :)
Congrats, you guys look lovely and I can tell everyone enjoyed being part of something important:)
It was quite an emotional atmosphere, since most people were wearing those pink back signs. Some had photographs and stories about loved ones they'd lost to cancer.
Oof, camera frustrations are...frustrating. :/ But thank you for sharing your kitteh photos with us! And you kept the little bob @ your neck--I thought for sure that'd drive you nuts--not so bad, then?
Actually, the only annoying part of the outfit during the run was the paws, because the rest of me was pretty much isolated from the outfit by proper running gear. I had shorts and a sports top on underneath so I couldn't feel the polyester. But the gloves got very, very hot by the end of the race.