...and the rubber rubs the road. Running and other random thoughts...
Friday, September 21, 2012
Well looky here, the calendar on my
wall tells me it is Dances with Dirt eve.
That’s the second biggest day of the year besides NYC Marathon eve! I’m supposed to run a 100k tomorrow.* Am I prepared? As Sarah Palin would say, you betcha!
At least, I prepared to run the
distance for which I’ve been assigned. I’m
not sure I’m prepared for the “trail” aspect of this trail run. I run on perfectly maintained sidewalks. Sure, every now and then that sidewalk has a
crack or an edge that was pushed up an inch or two due to an ornery tree root and I have to hop over it. Every now and then I have to dodge a pine cone
or a pile of dog shit that people inexplicably let their dog do IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE SIDEWALK but that’s about all I normally have to contend with. Does this make me “trail ready”? You betcha! (wink)
go wrong? The one and only time I did a
trail run was back in 2007 and it was a ten miler. At least, the race claims it was a ten miler
but I’m pretty sure I ran around 20-25 miles based on how my calves and ankles
felt afterwards. At some point in that
race, I recall briefly considering dropping out and finding a hole to burrow in
to just live off the land like a Ramboesque hobo. It was that bad.
years is just long enough for me to forget about all of that. So, tomorrow, I look forward to piling into a
van with four other sweaty men (in college, this was called “experimenting” –
now it just seems unnatural) and rolling around the fields of central lower
Michigan like a traveling testament to uncleanliness. I look forward to the dirt and the rocks and
the mud and the water “features” and the body odor and the beer (yes, the beer)
and the smell of death by a thousand sweat pores. Can one die due to over stimulation of the nasal glands? I'll soon find out. Considering there is not typically a lot of nasal related deaths at a Renaissance Festival, I figure that I should be alright.
Oh, and did
I mention I’m highly allergic to poison ivy?
Mmmm, look forward to that gooood itchin’ next week! I just hope I keep my body intact as I’m in
peak mileage training for New York.
Feets don’t fail me now.
trails. Literally this time. HAPPY TRAILS.
*As part of
a relay team but why tell you that in the text?
It sounds way more impressive to let people believe that I’m doing the
entire 100k by myself when, really, it’s a team of five and I only have about
Marathon training is ongoing! Twenty miles
last weekend at around 7:20 pace. Dances
with Dirt this weekend counts as a step back week. Then, 21 miles next weekend.
haven’t heard about my kids and soccer in awhile. My colt’s junior varsity team is 6-2-2 and
have conceded only 2 goals in the last 7 games.
He is a defender. That is his
continues to roll. As team Striker, she
has now knocked in 12 goals in the last 5 games – three tourney games and two
regular season games – and she is off to a 2-0 start in league play (including a victory over
one of the best club teams in the state!)
This was a goal: