Friday, August 28, 2009

Off to Paisley

That sounds like a euphemism for something, but tomorrow I really will be off to Paisley. As in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. And yes, it was once a textile powerhouse, from which the paisley design takes it's name.

This particular Paisley is over on the west side of Scotland right by Glasgow. They're having a 10k race on Sunday that I'll be running in. It's only about an hour and a half away, but with Sunday morning public transport being what it is, it's not possible to get there in time for the race. So, I'll be taking the train there tomorrow and spending the night. And hopefully seeing a few things in the afternoon, if I get there in time and am in the mood.

I hear there's an Abbey.

Anywho, the 10k race. I have high hopes that it will be better than my last two 10k races. After all, I haven't been sick recently, nor have I walked up any big hills since last weekend. And it's supposed to be flat. Still my actual goals for the race are pretty modest:

Goal 1: Don't be last. I'm actually not kidding. This is going to be a much smaller race than either the Great Edinburgh Run or the Great North 10k in Sunderland, and I'm still pretty darn slow. Not that there's anything wrong with being last, but I've already been last in a race. There were only about 40 people in that race, but still. I've had my turn.

Goal 2: Beat my times from the Great Edinburgh Run and the Great North 10k. Seriously, if I just run the whole race for a change, this should be possible.

I've got a couple other goals with respect to finishing time, one of which is possible and one of which is likely not in the legs yet. But who knows, maybe I'll surprise myself!

So, off to Paisley tomorrow. That still sounds like a euphemism for something.


Merry said...

Hmmn... methinks the lady doth protest too much...

I'm thinking that "off to Paisley" really is a euphemism for behavior so shockingly unladylike that you dare not post it here. It's okay. I won't tell. :)

Kick ass on that 10k!

rssasrb said...

Hope you met your goals in Paisley. And I think we could come up with a really good story about going "Off to Paisley"

Susan said...

Gee Terry by the looks of all the running you have been doing and my lack of diligent running I might be in trouble on monday :)

BTW congrats on conquering the Horrible Hill!

Crabby McSlacker said...

I like Merry's translation of "off to Paisley," and I will try to imagine what shocking things you are up to.

Hope it was a fun race!