However, Wednesday proved it is not wise to jump into training hard after a long absence of specific workouts and a marathon being pulled out of my sleeve. I felt extremely sore and tired as I slogged my morning flat recovery route, and then took an evening Bikram class to make sure I stretch those parts well. I went back to the gym on Thursday, and lifted heavy, but was pretty doomed after that, walking "funny" at work. Hmm..
Luckily, I snatched a massage appointment for the evening. As a Massage Therapist, it is always difficult for me to fund a specialist who does a really good job (by my own standards) and yet doesn't charge a fortune (per my beliefs, and for the sake of my family's finances). Therefore, I hardly get massages, may be try every other month just to get disappointed, again. However, this time I might have found a combination of both of those things I am looking for, and plan to go visit in April, to make sure it is for real!
Friday was fun. While I started out still sore and feeling run-down, the stride opened up as I ventured into new territories without an exact plan, roughly figuring that if I keep taking right turns on the roads with names that ring a bell, I will eventually come back home. At about 50 minutes into it, I underestimated the potential distance to the next familiar road and run to a man walking a dog near-by (still dark o'early) to ask directions. He thought for a few moments and sent me back to where I came from. I was bewildered, but listened, worried about being pressed on time for getting back and ready for work. A mile later a car stops across me as I run, a window rolls down, and that very man apologizes, saying his wife sent him to catch me as I was right (thank God I still have a sense of direction) and he feels bad sending me the wrong way. He offered me a ride home, I looked at the watch and accepted it, but only to the point where I saw him the first time. He dropped me off, and surely enough, in half a mile the road leading eventually to my neighborhood came to a view. I was telling this story to my son, laughing, till I realized it is probably not a good idea delivering to your teen child that it's ok to jump into a stranger's car. So, I back-pedaled some and explained how I am an adult and can assess the situation and a person better, and prepared to extreme situations better. Yowser, but in general, I do believe in goodness of the people.
Friday evening, after a dinner with a family, Stephen and I quickly packed our sleeping bags, and we were off for a 3 hrs drive to Camp Eagle, where Tejas Trails were putting on Nueces races, the one I won on inaugural year and volunteered the second one. Larry and Harrison had to stay back, as Harrison was being nominated (or whatever it called) from cub-scouts into boy-scouts. Which is unfortunate, because this camp is a fantastic venue for a family weekend! This year, again, the 50M served as a USATF championship. I worked a main aid station (start/finish/loop-end), where I bossed Sarah (who had already helped me at Bandera), as well as a famous Liza Howard, who officially was doing medical help for the race, but in-between tending to a few dozen of gashed knees and other body parts, was employed by yours truly to prepare PBJ quarters, the job I pay big money for to delegate:)). We had a blast, talking, watching a race develop, laughing, gossiping, and having a grand time participating in something Joe and Joyce Prusaitis deliver with such a knowledge and grace!
Here is the recap I sent out to my running club:
|Dave James, photo by Liza's i-phone|
Female race had Melanie Fryer and Michele Suszek running almost holding hands for over 2.5 loops. Both from CO (Mel is local before moving away), they took it easy. Melanie was still fresh off her minor surgery and having some stomach issues, what put her a few minutes back at the finish line.
|Joyce P., photo by Liza's i-phone|
Born and raised Russian, ran in high school for fitness, got into real running and racing over a dozen years ago, 2 kids and a lifetime later. Prefer mountains and trails (as an avid backpacker prior to trail ultrarunning), but run about anything that allows the freedom of movement, meditation of thoughts and means to push thyself. To date had ran 100 marathons and ultras (much heavier on ultra part of it, over 4/5th, including 18 100M finishes) and about 150 shorter events. Had been high, had been low. RRCA certified running coach, NCSF certified personal trainer, Yoga-alliance certified instructor, Licensed Massage Therapist, an MD by education, and a Research Scientist by a present life arrangement.
About running for the board:
p.s I have no idea how to fix my font!!!