Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Getting back to it

It seems every day I’m getting back in the swing of things more and more. I’m feeling better with each day and each run. It’s taken a long time to get back to normal, and I think I’m there. I can’t believe how long it took me to recover from the flu, but I’m thankful that I am. I could feel my muscles just zapped, my glycogen depleted. It seems like it took forever, but my energy is back up thank goodness! I am still down 10 pounds which I’m fine with of course! HA! (I would not have preferred to lose the lbs this way, but it is what it is and it hasn’t come back yet so I’ll take it!) For the first time since the Beast of Burden 100 miler I enjoyed my runs. Really truly enjoyed them. This is such a relief to me ! All running seemed like work, too much like work. I did quality work this week and while it’s always hard and I always try to push it didn’t feel like a job. YES!!! My best run came Saturday on muddy trails. It was extraordinary out there! While I was running I also came to the conclusion that sunny runs are boring. Beautiful, but boring. (Unless it’s 90+, then that makes things a little more interesting!) I seem to thrive on bad weather. It just feels like more of an adventure. When you sit behind a desk for 40 hours each week you need a little adventure in your life. Even if it’s just a run in the rain.

My son’s first marathon: Training

This week my son ran his last 20 mile run before his first marathon, the Cleveland Marathon. Before his run I ran my required distance on the trails and went back home to get him. My husband ran with him and I biked the 20 mile distance.
While I enjoy running in funky weather I was hoping he would have good weather for his run, as his last 20 miler the skies opened up and he got completely dumped on the whole time. Well the weather also stunk for this one. I felt bad for him, but he didn’t complain. My little dude pushed through and finished his run. Welcome to the taper period ! I smiled today when he asked what mileage he had to do this weekend. I told him only 12 and he said “That’s it?!” LOVE! Many people have asked me what he hopes to finish the marathon in. Truth is, I haven’t asked him. I haven’t asked him & won’t ask him – I just want him to enjoy his run and have a blast without worrying about time. Just finish, this is the goal! And what’s more – finish smiling! It will definitely be a cool experience running alongside him while he completes his goal. Crossing the finish line my son, myself, my husband – all together will be an amazing thing.

Team Outrun: Fleet Feet Sponsorship

Excellent! One of the running groups I belong to, OUTRUN (Ohio Ultra Trail Runners) is going to have a team supported/sponsored by Fleet Feet of Pepper Pike. Thanks to Zach Johnson for organizing everything! The team will have a race kit (shirts, shorts, shoes etc) with the OUTRUN and Fleet Feet logo on it. My stuff will be a little different as I will be in I2P gear. However, I’ll have the Outrun and Fleet Feet logos on it as well. I’m nervous but excited to try a new shoe – Pearl Izumi’s - shoes we get a mega disount on. I decided I’ll try a lightweight shoe, something which I’ve never done before. All my shoes have been tanks, but I figure why not? We’ll see what happens as far as that goes. Our group was at Fleet Feet Friday for a meeting to finalize everything and the Pearl Izumi reps were there showing us their gear. Everything they showed us looked pretty amazing. I’m excited to be a part of this team – great people and great fun. A bunch of people who love running and the togetherness that comes with it. Who could ask for more?

1 comment:

  1. Wow, please give Radames III a big high 5 for me! The three of you are ready for an epic adventure!