Random thoughts and pictures on a random Saturday night.
My SUPER-dad and Dick Beardsley!! 5 minute HM PR for this crazy dude this last weekend!! SO PROUD OF HIM!! For those who don't know my running story, I started running races roughly 4 years ago mainly because my dad announced that for Father's day his dream gift would be to run a half marathon with ALL of his daughters. (There are 5 of us) We got so excited about training that we ran the Dick Beardsley half marathon 2.5 months after that commitment and couldn't wait until the following Father's Day! It was our FIRST big race and we have run it ever since! Seriously, a TREASURE of a race and all those who have had the opportunity to run it, KNOW it!!!! ANYWAY, my sister and I also ran this year (more on that in another random non-flowing point to follow) and we were able to run back and cheer my dad down the homestretch. Seriously, I can't even imagine how annoying we must have been to the other runners as I thought about it after the fact.....Running and screaming and cheering like proud parents (only we were proud children). By the time he turned the final corner we were shouting at him to "pass her" "pass him" "you can get em'" "Pass em' all!!" SO, if anyone who reads this blog was one of the 6 people he passed while running 6:16 pace for the final .2, I apologize:) For the record, my final .2 was 6:32....Kick ass Dad!!
My daughter also ran very well!! She ran the 5K which started with the HM so I was unable to see her but she ended up first in her AG!
The highlight of the weekend for Reese was definitely getting the chance to visit with Olympian Carrie Tollefson! She LOVES this Minnesota superstar and is SUPER excited about heading to her cross country camp!
OK-break from pictures and on to random bullets.
*As forementioned, I also ran the Dick Beardsley HM. It was NOT the day I had hoped for but it was also NOT a day that ruined my spirit by any means!! I will take my 1:34 on a very tough day and count it for what it is- money in the bank for October 7th. The Twin Cities Marathon-bib #F868:)
*I've battled an ear infection and a sinus infection this week and fighting through another round of antibiotics. I'm working 2 jobs temporarily now and full boar into school and activities but I still managed a solid training week. Damn, I get satisfaction from making things WORK when it seems as if they can't....That being said, bring on the winter of no marathon training!! I'm so thankful for a healthy body and a strong mind but I'm also really excited to experience this December-February with a different focus! Weekends with my fellow traveling hockey moms where I'm not studying google maps to map out long run routes in foreign cities and a mind that is not ABSORBED with training thoughts. I used to be afraid of a break from training for a specific goal. Afraid I would lose passion, would lose fitness....would lose my connections even...Not now. Such a good feeling. Such a good place.
*I will not hit an 80 mile week this training cycle. Only a couple of weeks in the 70's. I've run a lot of quality though and lots of positive for me to mill over in my mental prep!
*Expanding.....some random positives that I've relayed to a couple of you already. In my Boston training of 2010, I ran a 10 mile race 5 weeks out. I did not taper for it and ran it in a 63 mile week (my peak mileage was 70). I ran it all out and managed a 7:18 pace which I was happy with! I then ran a 3:18 in Boston 5 weeks later. In comparison, this training cycle I ran a Half Marathon 5 weeks out from my goal race. I ran it on a full week including a 20 mile midweek run and hill repeats. I ran a 7:06 pace and on that day I did NOT feel I was running all out....I will remember this. Overall, I'm a stronger, better runner than I was in 2010. I'm a realistic NON-dreamer but I do believe I have MINUTES to take off my PR if all goes well. That race (forget what it was called...)that I ran in Duluth last year has somehow just removed itself from my memory-ha:)
*Boston Registration came and went for me. I had one of "those" moments a couple of weeks ago. Those moments where you see the big picture just briefly.....your perspective changes in that moment..... I feel no sadness about letting this go by. I'm not sure if Boston will be in the cards for me again. I had a most wonderful experience there but this race as a race is just not really something I feel a strong desire to do again right now. SUPER excited for some very special running friends to follow and cheer for however! Marathon Monday was so much fun for me last year even as a spectator from afar and it will be again!
*Speaking of things I do have a strong desire for..... The other day I wanted another baby. I genuinely, for 2 hours, wanted another baby..... Note to self-stop being friends with people who have perfect newborn babies.....and don't let my husband see newborn babies either as we would have 8 kids if it were up to him. As I enjoyed my glass of wine while my grown children did the dishes later in the evening, my desire faded....
*Last random-my LAST 20+ mile run tomorrow. I may whoop it up a little tomorrow afternoon......there may be salt and vinegar chips and dark chocolate consumed:)
In closing, my daughter Reese won 1st overall female in a local 5K this morning. She's surely "running happy" and her mama is surely HAPPY for her!!