When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire
The secret of life is that there is no secret of life. It's all hard work. Yet you still have to find the right works and be free to choose direction that is best for you.
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Montrail blog announcement and legacy of Scott McQueeney
Also check out updated Montrail UltraCup website - they have a link to "Race for the soul" about WS100 (I can't believe I can watch it any time now after I gave away all my ultra videos!) and will have psoted Endurance tips and sample training weeks of Montrail Team runners.
I've had a good week in running/excercising so far. Besides Monday's suddenly faster-than-usual morning run, I cross-trained at night with stairclimber and weights, ran easy Tuesday morning, joined a long track workout (1200 in 5:34, 2x1000 in 4:47, 2x800 in 3:47, 2x600 in 2:47) with Kelly, who is somebody to someone I happen to know and like very much, besides, she is a reporter/writer for oregonianlive.com and said she'd help me with my future interview at FitzRight NorthWest (shh, it's only a prospect for now, can't spread more rumors). Kelly is a blast and so cheerful - it's nice to be young:)
Anyway, enough about running before I get more "uh-oh". I set up an appointment with Physical Therapist my sport med doctor recommended for Feb 26th. On a visit to John-the chiro I got a gift certificate and a referral for a gate analysis, what I am having done next Tuesday before track workout (if it won't pour too much, we have rain making a comeback beginning Sunday). See, I am trying very hard, this is unheard of for me.
My free pass to the gym is over. Gotta find another one for a trial. Whatever they (gyms) are offering is too expensive and inconvenient in time/location. Sucks!
PCT 50/50 is practically full for 50M runners (well, it is full, but we figured we let a few more and will close registration on Sunday or so). 50k has about 35 spots open.
We have a bunch of new and exciting sponsors along with the ones the race had before:
Nathan Human Propulsion Lab's
and more of local stores and businesses.
The race is a Memorial Run for Scott McQueeney, as it has been for a few years now, and will continue on a legacy to keep the memory of him live in our hearts. This will be a first year the profit of this race will be donated to Forest Park, a non-profit organization, to build a Memorial Bridge with a name tag for Scott. We will also collect donation and pledges for this cause. Just to bring this up, the bridge (building and maintaining) will cost Forest Park $5,000. We are hoping to hit the needed sum this year with the help of runners, but if not - the money will be filed away and wait for nest year's race.
I am totally elated to be a part of this event! Can't wait for summer to come over!
I fulfilled all my registrations/reservations for a racing season'07 (lucky me, Bighorn is full too!), including even CCC100 (they only allow 100 runners, and with Charlie I am sure it'll be a stellar run!).
Alex applied for a job at local Fred Meyer, we can't wait to hear back from them. That'll be a big help for a family and a point for his resume. He is doing well.
Oleg talked to his father and he sounds optimistic, as well as his doctors back home. Oleg is leaving to Russia in a week to stay there for a couple of weeks.
Stephen applied for official boxing association and will be joining fights outside the "home rink" I believe next week (or soon). He does pretty good there.
I am still undecided what I'll do for Hagg lake, volunteer or do a training run. With rain in a forecast for the whole week it'll be nasty muddy! But then again, those who run can claim bragging rights:) I'll bring kids to help out either way.
Saturday will be a break for the sunny weather and 60F! Oh, joy, lets have a good plan for the run, need to use it before it's gone!
A few lines from Scott McQueeney's emails:
- don't worry how bad you feel now...tomorrow will be worse
- no, really, it does get better, that's the good news...unfortunately you will not remember just how bad you did feel, otherwise you would never do it again
Interestingly, last week I was telling Gail (and later Mike Bushwhacker, Caroline and Stacey at Hagg trail work) how the idea of putting together a 100M trail race in OR doesn't let me sleep. Not for thsi year, but the prospect of it...Gail told me Scott came up with this long time ago, but something happened and Waldo 100k was born...and today, as I browsed a file with emails to and from Scott put by his friends (I had never had a priveledge to meet him), I found those words. May be there is something about it. (p.s. if you're local and reading it, give me a shout of what you think about this idea, please, somehow)
What can I say? Life has ups and downs every day, but we are chagging along, one foot in front of another...and remember - cross the finish line backwards for Scott!!