Penguin Journal - Archives
June 7, 2000
what a weekend! 20,000 of my closest friends and I got
together for a little run in San Diego. Something we called the
Suzuki Rock and Roll marathon.
Actually, it was RnR3, and I've done all three. The first year
was as part of the Runner's World pace team. Last year, my son Terry
and I rode Suzuki motorcycles from New York to San Diego and THEN
ran the marathon. This year, I chose a more conventional travel
plan, and flew in.
Race weekends for me and never just RACE weekends. Karen and I
were at the Team Penguin booth all day Friday and Saturday meeting
old friends, and making new ones. As a joke, Karen brought some
"I'm slow. I know. Get over it" T-shirts. Well, they were the HIT
if the expo.
We had them hanging on the wall behind us and people would come
by, read the shirt, and either simply smile or laugh out loud. And
a WHOLE bunch of folks just said "I've GOT to have that shirt".
They're all gone now, but we'll probably get some more made up.
I was also a part of two Pacing Team clinics with members of the
San Diego track club, and two Marathon 101 clinics with Jenny Hadfield,
head coach of the Illinois chapter of Team in Training. All the
clinics were well attended, and I think we really helped people
get mentally prepared for the day ahead of them.
Saturday evening I had the privilege of speaking to the 6600 TnT
participants and their families and coaches. It was VERY moving
to be up on stage and see so many people who had worked SO hard
for themselves, and, to raise money to help others. Together, they
raised almost 12.5 MILLION dollars! WOW.
Race day? One word. HOT! I think I started out more fatigued than
I should have, and even though we came to the half marathon point
in 2:30 I was sure that it wasn't going to be my best day. The cumulative
effect of standing so much, talking so much, and generally just
ENJOYING myself so much was catching up with me.
So, I did what any seasoned marathon veteran would do [Sunday was
my 21st marathon] I revised my plan with nearly every
mile and finished in a still respectable 5:30:14. YES, I'm bugged
about the additional 14 seconds, so when I tell the story, I round
I'm off to Boston tomorrow for the Penguin Flight School.
We're taking it to the streets!!
Waddle on, friends.
John "the Penguin" Bingham