Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Stranger Friend



I drive by this man everyday on my way to work. Running. He's always running. And he's always in the same black socks. Black shoes. Short, short running shorts. I do not know him, Old Man Runner. We've never met and never will. He doesn't even know I exist. But I know him. I have come to think of him as my friend. I smile when I drive by, say "good morning" from inside my car. I look forward to seeing him everyday. When he's not there, I worry. Is he sick? Is he injured? What's wrong? And then I see him again the next day and all is right in the world again.

I'm not exactly sure why I've become so attached to him. He looks to be in his late seventies. And has to have been a runner all his life. Strong legs like his don't happen later in life. Or easily for that matter. They are built from many, many years of hard work and dedication. Maybe that's it? Maybe it's because he's dedicated so much of his life to something and stuck with it. It's not a fad for him. It's not just a reason to stay healthy. When you run as much as Old Man Runner runs, it has to be because you genuinely love it. There's no other explanation.


And yes, of course I realize there actually could be a million explanations. I have no real idea of what I am talking about. I could have everything completely wrong. And I will never really know. He obviously lives by my office - a full hour from my home - so "running" into him is never going to happen. But I'm OK with that. I like the back story I've made up for my Old Man Runner. It's probably way better than the truth anyway.


(And I also realize that as soon as I took a picture while driving slowly behind him moved me right over from fascination to stalker)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Change of Plans

So I'm already going back on my word. We may or may not be in town the weekend of Sizzling Summer Half Marathon. So that one may or may not be out. And winter Kick Off for Team In Training is the same day as The Hottest Half. So that one is for sure out.


I can't say that I'm super upset about the Sizzling Summer but I am bummed about The Hottest Half. Oh well.  

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wounded Warrior - Race Recap

It's been a week since Wounded Warrior Half Marathon and I am just now getting around to a recap. It's been a crazy week. I feel like I've been constantly one step behind. Probably because I have been.

Anyway, here goes...

It was hot. Really really hot. Not quite as hot as Too Hot to Handle last year. But hot. And since I didn't really go into this with any expectations there was no real way I could be disappointed. And I wasn't. I walked a little more than I would have liked. But that's not really even true. I don't think I really care that I walked. I was just trying to get through the heat without being too horribly miserable. And I did. My knee started hurting around mile 8. That was pretty miserable but I survived. It's still hurting a bit now so I guess I'm gonna have to see someone about the pain. Maybe. :)

It was a great race and a great organization. Not super big but SO well put together. I will most definitely run this one again next year.



Race outfit laid out the night before


Pre-race - Serene, me, Dianna, and Robin


Pre-race - Meg, Serene, me, Dianna, Robin, and Tammy


Post-race - very very sweaty and hot


Yea, that's us - armed and dangerous.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

ABT

ABT - Always Be Training

That's my new motto. Always Be Training. It's the only way for me. And I know I said I would not sign up for anymore races? But I just can't help it. I don't do well if I don't have anything on the calendar. I need a goal. I need a reason to get out in 90 degree weather and run. Because if I don't have a reason I will not do it. So that is why I will Always Be Training from now on.


Now what have I been training for? Or kind of training for? The Wounded Warrior Half Marathon this Sunday June 12th. It benefits the Semper Fi Fund which is a really great cause. And it has a pretty awesome medal. And we all know it's all about the medals.



So factoring in the heat I guess I'm just gonna try to have fun. And finish upright. And not die. Pretty lofty goals I think.


But now on to the most ridiculous part...
 
I am going to run a half in July, August, September, October, November, and December.
 
Sizzling Summer Half - July 23
The Hottest Half - August 14
Plano Balloon Festival Half - September 18
Tyler Rose Half - October 9
Rock N Roll San Antonio Half - November 13
Dallas White Rock Marathon - December 4  (This one is still up in the air. I haven't made any final full marathon plans yet. But I'll keep you posted!)


(This is the time I'm thankful my husband doesn't actually read this blog cause I'm pretty sure he'd have a coronary if he saw all those events. Let's just keep this between you and me internet. So ssssssssh. What he doesn't know want hurt him, right?)