Monday, August 10, 2009

please don't leave me...part 2
















first, i want to give a shout out to GZ, who is going to kill it at the pikes peak marathon this weekend. all his biggest fans know that he is fully capabable and ready to be top 10, but he'd never admit it. no pressure, GZ, no pressure!

ok. back to Part 2. SURF MONKEY!
Surf Monkey is a local race with a small town feel, but lots of folks come out to play, and try to get the coveted surf monkey trophies (there is one for the winner of each event).
there are lots of events to choose from- standalone 5k run, swim/run, standalone swim, and 2 paddleboard races. you can race once, or you can race all three swim/run/paddle (Queen/King monkey), anything goes!
i ran the 5k for team lululemon. after this year's race, michellie jones walked away with a monkey (swim/run), kate major scored one too (5k) and luke bell took home two (swim/run and 5k)! freaking australians :). maybe one day, i can bring home one of these...

my race was pretty darn fun. james came down to surf and give me some pre race love!

the race was really really rocky. and when it wasn't rocky, it was soft sand, or hard sand. i was really glad i wore my zoot shoes becuase they're designed to get wet and sandy far better than traditional running shoes.

or running up the ramp to the pier....looking serious...


or running by the lululemon cheering squad...not so serious...
the best part of the day was our ridiculous cheering squad from the lovely ladies of lululemon. they literally lit up the room....er....or beach!
after my race, i hit the beach to watch my lululemon relay teammate, colleen take off for her 1-mile swim...love this pic w/ the dude CHECKING her out...

She did an awesome job and with our fabulous paddler, Kate, we ended up 3rd relay team.
post-race we did a lot of hanging out at the reeeeaaaalllly awesome race expo.

(i'm the short one...why are they all so tall? lululemon's got legs!)

and i definitely hung around for awards. even though i was on a relay, i was eligible for awards for the standalone 5k.... as 3rd place lady, i won a Nixon watch.. and lots of other cool stuff... Morgan, the superstud 2nd overall female, won a pair of Maui jim sunglasses....here is a funny/greedy podium moment where we both realize we want to trade prizes :)

(thanks for the picture, Dave)


I got to pick any pair pf maui jim's I wanted - so i got these...my friend julia had them in honu this year and i was dying to copycat her, but not about to spend $300 on exactly what i don't need...another pair of shades...
okay, so its not all about the prizes, but i'll definitely be doing this race again next year :).....
we all had such a blast and it was agreed that surf monkey would become an annual thing. good times all around...

and....this just in... I GOT THE JOB!!! I'm the newest school psychologist at an amazing elementary school in north county san diego. dream job. i feel really really lucky and grateful that the planets aligned to give me this opportunity. guess the funemployment is over in 2 weeks! time to train and relax like a pro while i can. ok, i'm off for a nap :)

21 comments:

Beth said...

Congrats on a great race and even better - your new job!! What a week! :)

Caroline said...

Why is it you need a nap? Were you up before the sun came up for a tough workout or something? ;)
Thanks for joining me monday and today for some awesome workouts. I better recruit u for as many workouts next week as I can before you start the new job. So happy for you Beth!!!

Sue said...

So glad you got the job you wanted...congrats send your way..so does that mean I can send the kiddos down to you when they are mis behaving and you can shape um up for me :) hugs sent your way!! (I have connections you know, if you really want that monkey)

Maggs said...

Maui Jim's rock. There used to be a race here that gave a pair to all the age group winners. I loved it. Rumor has it the race is coming back this year too!

What do you need a job for? I thought James was a sugar daddy?

Jill Costantino said...

Nice job on the racing! Congrats on the job too, that sounds sooo fantastic!
Enjoy the your nap!

Ulyana said...

Congrats on the job!!! Awesome.

GZ said...

You are too kind for the well wishes. Congrats on the job. That is excellent! That up the pier running looks pretty dang steep!

X-Country2 said...

What a week! All the race prizes around here are cheesey medals. Love the shades, and super congrats on the job

Julia said...

WoW! Lotsa good news! Good job on the great race; love the colorful photos, but even more, congrats on your new job! You must be so stoked! :)

Fe-lady said...

Congrats on the job and the race and best of luck at Pikes peak this weekend...I ran a 6:06 back in 1982 (and am damn proud of it!) There were only 55 women finishers that year!

Yasi said...

I don't think anyone would ever 'leave you', this blog is too fun! What a great race and such fun pictures, wish we had something like that over here. Those sunglasses are fab too, love them! Congrats on the job too! That's such exciting news. It's good that you are able to be in a good school and district, that's such a big part.

SixTwoThree said...

CONGRATS! SO, SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Nice to see grad school pay off. And I have no doubt you'll win a surf monkey one of these years ;-)

Sherry said...

Way to go on ALL accounts! That race looked like a load of fun, but more importantly... congrats on landing the job! Awesome stuff! Good luck to you! :o)

D said...

Work? Hottie like you shouldn't need to work! James... ???

HUGE congrats on the job. That's just awesome! Oh and the racing thing too. I guess that's pretty alright.

t-odd said...

Good job! And Good JOB! Glad someone is getting employed in this economy.

kerrie said...

wow - a job! congrats!! (however i really think you should become a full time athlete and convince J. to be your sugar daddy)

Charisa said...

CONGRATS on the job!!!!! Whoooo hooooo awesome!

runninggunner said...

Looks like an awesome race. Great job!

Congrats on the new job.

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Congrats on the job!!!! What a great location too. Yeah.

Kim said...

Great job in the race! You looked stylin and FAST! Those sunglasses are amazing. I never heard of that brand before but I am definitely looking it up (not that I can afford it). I seriously have to move to San Diego. That looks amazing. You guys have so much fun our there. Great job again!

Rachel said...

Wow! Congrats on your race and a HUGE congrats on landing your dream job!!! Can you send a little of your good luck my way?

PS--I had tons of fun riding with you and Mary on Saturday. Thanks!