On February 15, 2014 a friend and I did the Skirt Chaser. This race has always been on my radar & I am glad to say I can finally check it off.
I mean how cool is it to be around a bunch of ladies who love to run wearing the most adorable skirts?
Right? Oh, okay the eye candy probably doesn’t hurt either. I mean you never know who your going to run into!
Unfortunately on the day of the race, Arizona was experiencing a extreme warming trend and by 2pm the weather was set to hit 85 degrees.
For February that is unusually warm. Yes, even for Arizona.
I was all excited, I had a lovely skirt picked out -hence skirt chaser- to wear and a totally cute top. That is until my washing machine got hungry.
I mean I do have an HE washer whose spin cycle sounds like a Lear jet taking off in my laundry room, but I’ve never had issues with it before. However, the Universe apparently didn’t want me to wear a skirt.
So the washing machine ate it. I mean it was shredded!
Into little pieces.
I could make little outfits for Barbie’s baby, but that’s all the use I’m getting from that skirt.
So I wore capris. To the SKIRT-Chaser.
I’m a rebel with no cause.
Anywho I was set to meet my friend P who was running the race with me & we ended up getting there close to the same time, grabbed our bibs & race swag then took the trek to our cars to drop off our stuff.
As I had said it was super hot, and I had already drank 3 full Nalgene bottles of water, and still wanted more.
A camel I am not.
The race was way more crowded then I had anticipated & there were tons of ladies wearing really cute costumes.
Having not really run far (translation-run at all) for very long since the accident, and not really having had time to train, my friend was very kind to run at my pace.
The course was all along Tempe Beach park & both back-roads & streets. As we neared the finish, I saw our time and was actually pretty impressed since I felt like I walked so much. I believe our time was around a 11.5 min mile.
My finish time was 36.11 and out of 989 people I was in place 666. Yup. I came in 666th place. Apparently the devil is with me.
After the race, this non-camel grabbed yet more ice water and began to hunt like a rabid animal for some oranges or something.
Our bib provided us with two drink coupons (for those who drink, it was for the ever important beer) and a meal. The meals provided were not bad, but both P and I are vegetarians and they just didn’t have anything.
I hope next year they consider adding a veggie meal!
I hung around for a while and listened to this hilarious cover band play heavy metal music & then I headed home.
It was a great time, and I would consider doing it next year! And next year, I am wearing a skirt! Just you watch!
Have you ever done any of the skirt chaser races? What’s your thought of running in a skirt?