Thanks Monica for letting me steal your pictures.
My heart stopped beating when I saw Abdi Abdiraham and thank goodness for SR because she started a conversation with him. We were able to talk to him for about 10 minutes about everything. I love asking these athletes about their workouts and Abdi started out his day with an ‘easy’ run around downtown LA, 13 miles at an 5:45/mile pace, isn’t that all of our easy paces?
Abdi has a marathon PR of 2:08:56 and a 10,000 Meter PR of 27:16. He qualified for his FOURTH Olympic team in January to run the 2012 Olympic Marathon. Some fun facts: During peak training he runs about 110 miles a week (right now he is doing 80 until his next race is over, the Shamrock 8k in Chicago), he does take a Gu (not mixed with anything) at mile 16 of the marathon but he dropped it during the trials and went without it. His half marathon pr is 1 hour flat! Abdi is almost 6 feet tall and weighs 138 lbs….I am pretty sure he is .7% body fat. Abdi has won $250,000 for winning a race! He also acknowledged how we are more hardcore than he is because we run 3+ hours for a marathon and he only has to run for 2:)
The next stop was for the red carpet as the Chocolate Milk Correspondent. Microphones are tricky, I kept moving it when they started talking and forgetting to put it by my mouth when I was talking, Abdi and Chris are making fun of me.
Next up to talk to was Lukas Verzbicas. He is the 5th American high school runner to ever break the 4 minute mile, he did it in 3:59.71, no big deal;) He also set the National High School record for the 2 mile with an 8:29….currently my one mile pace:)
Remember how I watch The Bachelor obsessively? Well, Andy Baldwin (the Bachelor in 2007) was up next, he has ran a bunch of marathons and has done an Ironman. He was hilarious and very sarcastic, I had no idea whether or not to take him seriously….still trying to figure some stuff out. I got to talk to Apolo again which was a blast and the full interviews will be up soon!
Yes, this happened. It still feels like a dream. Chrissie Wellington came next. See the road rash on her leg, that was from an awful bike crash two weeks before Kona, she had huge wounds all over her body but still went on to WIN her 4th Ironman Championship. She is taking this year off from competing but of course her workouts are still out of control awesome. Her boyfriend is also an incredible triathlete and they do their training together…isn’t that cute? I loved her accent and her smile is contagious!
Jenny Simpson is pure muscle, she is so fit looking, strong and beautiful. I really enjoyed talking to her about winning the 5th Avenue Mile and being the first American Woman to win the 1500 m at the IAAF World Championships in 29 years!
Meb must be a good person because I thought I was going to miss him as he was walking away but I started yelling his name, jumping up and down and begging him to come over and he did with a huge grin on his face.
Meb is a huge inspiration to me, he suffered a pelvic stress fracture where he could have quit running competitively for good but he decided to take this situation to make him stronger. Two years later he is setting PR’s and winning the Olympic Marathon Trials.
After fulfilling my dreams of talking to the above people we went in for dinner and the awards ceremony. We started with salad and most importantly….
Chocolate milk. Anna poured our glasses and I went to town on it.
Dinner was steak (good thing I crave that every day of my life) with potatoes and sea bass with spinach.
Dessert was my absolute favorite and it reminded me of my mom. Once upon a time when my mom and I were on vacation in Hawaii we went to the Cheesecake Factory every day we were there. We would split an entree and get our own strawberry shortcake because we were in love with it. I promise it is a million times better than the cheesecake there and the portion size is out of control….try it!
Dean Karnazes made sure to run on and off the stage, I don’t think the man ever stops running.
After the awards ceremony we left inspired to sign up for the Ironman along with a million other races but I guess I should hold back on that kind of stuff for a a few months.
Afterwards there was a party but I didn’t last too long, heels plus being overly excited all day long made me tired and we headed back to the hotel for a few hours of sleep before going back home! Thank you so much Chocolate Milk….best weekend ever.
New post HERE on HRG Baby!
What was the last thing that you dressed up for? Do you enjoy dressing up?
What was the last thing you ate?
Is there a dessert/restaurant/meal that reminds you of your mom?
How many hours of sleep did you get last night?
– I made up for the weekend with a nice 9 hours.