The Flying Pig: It’s finally time!

Note: You’ll find my introductory blog about running the Flying Pig here, my thoughts on hill training and THE BEST PIG HAT EVER here, some reasons to include coffee and ankle warmers in your training here, tips re: how to “Dress for Success” here, a first look at the ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ shirts here, an interview with a solar-powered flying pig who tweets here, and a heartfelt thank you to all volunteers, here.

 

Greetings Flying Pig friends both current and future!

The time has finally come, and I couldn’t be happier. 

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Showing off the unique clay medal given to finishers of the Waterloo Marathon on April 26, 2015. Notice I ran in my WKRP team shirt!

After weeks and weeks of training and anticipation, myself and the rest of the WKRP (Waterloo Kanucks Run Pig) team will soon make our way to Cincinnati to paint the town pink, spread some cheer, and of course, do a little running at The Flying Pig.

We’ll be hamming it up on the marathon and half marathon courses. If you spot us in our team shirts at the expo or during the race, be sure to say hello. We love meeting new running friends.

I’ve been keeping a little secret just in case things didn’t work out, but all is going according to plan so it’s time to spill the beans…

Several “WKRP in Cincinnati” members, myself included, are in the process of running marathons on back-to-back weekends. We began with the Waterloo Marathon on April 26, and will end with the Flying Pig on May 3. 

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Two members of “WKRP in Cincinnati”and one of the group’s key supporters wear their team shirts while cheering on runners at the Waterloo Marathon.

Recovery from last weekend’s marathon has gone well this week, are we’re raring to go!

I’d like to give a quick shout out to one of the bravest men I know, Rob Yendt. As the lone male in our group, he’s about to embark on an 8 hour bus ride with 23 women. 

When he signed up, Rob had no idea he’d be the only guy going. In her defense, neither did his wife.

Having travelled to races with some women from our group in the past, Sheila assumed that this adventure, like the others, would include men.

We’re happy to have Rob on board, and we know he’ll fit right in with the group. He has admitted to packing ear plugs just in case the bus conversation gets too girly, though.

Rob Yendt, the lone male member of WKRP in Cincinnati, with wife Sheila.

Rob Yendt, the lone male member of WKRP in Cincinnati, with wife Sheila.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jackie Reau and Game Day Communications for allowing me to share the training adventures of “WKRP in Cincinnati” as we prepare to run The Flying Pig, a race that’s been on many of our bucket lists for some time.

Thanks also to all of you reading this for your positive feedback and support online, and for being so welcoming to our group.

We’re happy to be able to give back to the Flying Pig community by donating to one of the official charities of the event, Dress for Success Cincinnati. We’re also happy to know that The Flying Pig offers ‘green’ initiatives to help volunteers, spectators and participants have fun in an environmentally responsible way. 

See you soon!

~Penny~

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