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When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen 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
Friday, July 20, 2007
Picking up my slack
Somehow it turned around on Thursday, my slackiness that is. I put a very decent 10 miles on roads and a great 12 miles this morning in Forest park. I drove there to drop off my son at his work because he was bringing pirogies I made for a "culture day", so I figured, why not run? Heaven is when I can run on trails:) After initial 20 min of walk-shuffle I took off. It was so awesome, at times I was so consumed in my thoughts, in music, in calculations of Sarah's splits for PCT 50M (ha!) and whatnot, When I'd come to life and think of a next trail marker, I am way pass it. I ran 65 min out and 53 min back (ok, there was last 2 miles mainly downhill:))
So glad it shook me off! Need to make a rule to drive to Forest park couple of times a week, I am bored with regular routes, I am very bad with training when bored - evn with running too. Yeah, I want new places delivered to me often:)
Weekend is shaping up like that: On Saturday I am going to the Gorge, most likley by myself, and do a 30M loop. It will be my last and only long run for the series of 100M races on my list due to a tight schedule. Next weekend is PCT race where I'll be Friday-Sunday (may be I'll squeeze a couple shorter runs, but nothing serious), then I promised a weekend to my husband for climbing, then I am off to CA for 12 hr night race, then another weekend with family (going away?), then CCC100, Teton100, a weekend with family and taper for Bear 100. How is that for a plan? Sounds horrible, but that's all I can do, so be it.
Sunday there are two choices not much dependend on me. It is either going to check out the course with co-RD Monika (we wanted to run 25 miles, what would have been great, but got an eamil that the course is in perfect condition thanks to numerous volunteers from Forest Services, and Monika is flaking out) or, if not, Oleg is going to take me and Stephen rock-climbing - and there is no way I can not go:) Yep, I am not single, and I am accomodating. They fare enough of my long weekend runs and races to ask for that little, it's all about "give and take". This is one of the reasons I bailed out of both Fat Ass 50k up in WA and the crazy run Rob and Eric are doing. Although both sounded very tempting.
Weekend at the races:
Vermont 100 picks:
Andy J-W, Glen Redpath, Jim Kerby, Greg Loomis, Todd Walker. Dona Utakis, Laura Bleakley, Ronda Sundermeier, Julie Berg. A few more friends I'll be watching: Andy Kumeda with Slam progression and Jamie Anderson for the first 100. Plus NE homies:)
Tahoe Rim Trail 100 picks:
Jasper Halekas, Jeff Riley, Sean Meissner, Eric Clifton. Sue Johnston, Kim Gimenez, Kathy D'Onofrio, Molly Zurn. Plus folks for 50M and 50k (in 50k I almost don't doubt Michelle Barton to come out a winner). Scott Dunlap is running his first 100M.
Badwater is next week, I'll post my predictions then. For now - good luck, everybody!!!
p.s. Hardrock 100 photos by John Cappis that make you want to be there!!! More - from a professional - Luis Escobar.
p.p.s. I am rooming with Crazy Bob at tetons and he is threatening to kill me with laughter!