On December 21st, my girlfriend and I did the Vuelta a San Isidro 8k. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera, so I didn’t get any pictures. Sooooo, I decided to use a couple of pictures from the start last year (when I wasn’t running) just to give you the general idea. The start was in the same place and everything pretty much looked the same except that this year our shirts were white with red and they had Peru Runners written on the back.

8k is a pretty comfortable distance to run after doing half-marathons all the time, so I figured I could go out and get rip-roaring drunk on Friday and be fine by Sunday…it turned out to not be the case. After spending the whole night teaching my Peruvian friends about the joys of mixing Whiskey with 7up (they don’t do that in Peru), we decided to go out and sing some Karaoke. We even found a place that had “Eye of the Tiger” (I’ve been wanting to sing that for generations) but we all passed out before the little card got turned in (which was probably a good thing). I don’t know what it is about Karaoke, but when I don’t get to sing the song I’ve signed up for, I take it REALLY personally (especially when I’ve been drinking). I almost got into a fight one time when I got kicked out of a bar before I could sing “Born to be Wild.” I suppose that’s pretty appropriate, but it was truly obnoxious.

Anyway, I was hoping to run sub 8 minute miles, and instead I ran sub 9s, which is fine.

Here’s the flyer in case you want more info on the run (click to enlarge):

And the course, (click to enlarge). It’s a great course, it takes you right around the golf course in the middle of San Isidro that you can only go in and play if you’re “connected.”

And another picture of the triumphant ones who started the race last year. Like I said, I was holding the camera…the shame, the shame.

So that’s it. Apparently there aren’t any more runs for a while (it’s about to get really hot down here) so I’ll be dedicating more time in the future to discussing various Peruvian ruins, etc. Cheers!