Sunday, February 14, 2010

Boston training, Mohican training, and the Run For Your Heart Race Report

What a busy week it's been! Training at work is over and I've officially started my new job and AWESOME new hours. I ran in some interesting weather this week and really can't complain one bit. How can a person complain about running outside after being chained to the treadmill for years?

NERC weekly group run:

Lots of great runners showed up this week! We had quite a few new people this week and we all had lots of fun. I spent most of the time running with Crystal Basich - an amazing ultra runner from the area. I swear we talked the entire run! Ernie Richman got the tough guy medal this week:


Boston Marathon and Mohican 50 mile training:

Low intensity is over and the real work is about to begin! I have my schedule for the week and it looks like a REAL runner's schedule, thanks to coach Ray! No more going out and just running. I'm pumped to start! With never doing XC or track in high school I'm already learning a lot. I've read so many books on running with none of it really making much sense. After talking to Ray I'm starting to put the pieces together. We spoke on Thursday to go over the plan for this week. Despite him seeming so busy he could still sense that something was wrong with me the day we spoke - and told me so. How busy he is but still so in tune with what's going on! Yes something was bothering me, but it was a bum day :( Nothing to do with running thank goodness! I'm still pretty shocked though, that here's this crazy busy guy but still he can tell when something's wrong. I'm amazed and so grateful!

Run with your heart race report:

Thanks to Beth and all the volunteers who helped with this great event! I'm sure she's going to sleep tonight exhausted but with a smile on her face :)

My son ran the 8k and I'm told had some pretty big supporters and good conversation along the way. It's always nice when someone comes up to you and tells you how polite your kid is. Thanks Bob! And a special thanks to Beth, Ann, and Daniel for taking the time to chat with him!

I ran the whole race today not to be competitive, but to have fun and run alongside my husband in his first race ever! He ran the 15k and did it with style! His plan was to run it in 2 hours, but he did it in 1 hour and 40 some minutes. We ran with so many great people. Joe Trask, Daniel Bellinger, and Mark Anson to name a few. (Side note, Joe Trask is the t.p. vs paper towel guy from one of my early YUTC blogs. He gave us another explanation today!)

The run itself was snow packed, hilly, and beautiful. I found great joy in well, basically sliding down the hills as if I had skis on. Going up - another story. I stayed behind my hubby the whole time. (Crackin' that whip!) Running next to him wouldn't have really been possible due to the snow. We caught up with ultra-running "supasta" Mark after awhile. Embarrassment as I, when running with my head down almost followed Mark straight to the bathroom! That gave us a good laugh, and my husband and I kept on truckin'.

My man finished with a smile on his face, and tired body. I think after this run, him conquering the 1/2 marathon in Cleveland will be no problem! I'm so proud of both of my boys. All this made for a great Valentine's day!

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