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
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I've been busy lately, but that's ok. I had a couple of wonderful runs last week. On Saturday Gail and I did 27 miles on Wildwood in Forest Park, it felt great, like I finally got into running groove. I even went faster for the last 10 or so and pulled away from her and Tom R. who we met again on trails. On Sunday Oleg and I took Charlie to the Columbia River Gorge for a favorite route of 12M. Charlie did awesome, so did Oleg (they ran every hill, what in the Gorge means 3M continous climb of about 2500 feet and same long downhills). Funny thing is my butt and quads got sore after that, reminding me - Gorge runs are in order to come back to for the preparation to the races I plan on doing.
The week was highest yet for the year. However, it did aggravate my injuries, especially the hip flexing area, what may mean I can't deny I have that labral tear (I was focusing on doctor's words "little" and "possible" before). It also produced a weird pain behind my right knee, suddenly and out of nowhere, but I won't complain about it. Happens. So this week I stuck with cross-training on my stationary bike (what I really don't like much at all, but my free pass to the gym expired). I even cancelled not only speed work yesterday, but gait analysis as well, even though it felt much better last night.
Alex didn't get a job - one of his classmates applied a week earlier so he had an advantage of taking a spot, but they promised to keep Alex on file. We'll look elsewhere next week. Oleg is leaving Friday. I signed up for Hagg lake 50k and plan on just making the miles. It'll be very very muddy, sliding should be fun, though it also means a possibility of extra injuries if not careful. I am looking forward to see our local "boys" in running skirts.
Angie is signed up for PCT 50k, and it's exciting! We're full for 50M and have 30 spots left for 50k. It went really fast this year. I'd like to go to Idaho to visit my friend Theresa ata the end of March and hope it happens, though it is still far in advance. Tom R. decided to run Silver State 50M and will be sharing accomodations with me - yay for traveling with friends! This weekend I'll have my friends Maura and Stan to stay at our house for Hagg race, we haven't talked in ages! I am truly blessed with good people, and I will not get tired to repeat that.
What else? Hopefully I'll be able to visit some of you by the end of the week, and thanks for checking in on me. Also, click on my new links to blogs of Montrail teammates (those that have blogs so far), even though many of them just beginners-bloggers, they are definitely NOT beginners ultrarunners and runners in general, and are great people. Give them a welcome and ask them questions. I am sure this will make them post more, and lots of it will be very useful in our quest to become better runners.
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