My superstar running friend Jamie Donaldson tagged me via her blog - I have to answer the questions below and tag another 5 folks. I'm not sure what the consequences are if I don't, but if this is anything like those old chain-mail letters, I'm just going to comply to avoid a freak piano-dropping-on-my-head accident. You understand.
1- How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
In June of 1998 it had been over a year since I last went for a run. I ran Boston in 1996 on a bet (my first marathon), and I figured that was it for running challenges out there so I hung up my shoes and found other fun ways to occupy my time (coaching college softball). I didn't run again until 2003.
2-What is your best and worst run/race experience?
My first "run" after finishing chemotherapy qualifies as both: My old neighborhood loop was a simple 6 miler around the woods of Marlborough, MA. When I started regaining my strength a couple weeks after my last treatment, I was excited to get back out and run again. It was a perfectly sunny and temperate April day when I felt ready to embark on the first run. After about 1/4 mile my lungs were already burning. After 1/2 mile my legs were killing me. One mile into it I was completely exhausted. I'm not sure what happened between miles 2-5 as I was simply doing my best not to black out. I was literally shuffling my feet slower than walking pace by time I staggered around the corner a few hundred feet from my front door. When I crossed the finish line, I collapsed on the grass, looking up at the blue sky. I was extremely light-headed and walking a dangerously close line to blacking out. I was also smiling. It was the greatest feeling in the world to be looking up at the sky and not a buzzing fluorescent hospital light. I was back to being me, and it felt great!
3- Why do you run?
It's pretty much the only discernible "talent" I have, and I feel like I owe it to myself and the cancer community to use this ability to raise money and awareness for the cause.
4- What is the best or worst piece of advice you've been given about running?
Best: In training, always run the day after a long/hard run to teach your body to run while already tired.
Worst: You need to eat solid food in a 100 miler. Solid food lead to stomach issues for me every time. Once I switched to just Gels and Hammer Perpetuem for my drink, all the problems went away.
5- Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
I can do about 50 different tricks w/ a yo-yo.
Week Training Log:
This was an odd week for my legs. After rebounding from the 56 miles at Old Dominion last weekend and running the very next day (in the same 95+ degree heat), I thought my legs would be fine all week. I felt pretty wiped out on Thursday though and needed to take an unscheduled day off. No problem, I thought, since Friday I needed to run a 35 miler after work, and I figured the extra rest would be helpful. For some reason, however, I felt horrible during the entire 35 miles. I ran with a nice guy who works at the Canadian Embassy between miles 10-11, so that helped snap me out of my funk a bit, but after that it was a rough evening on the Mt. Vernon trail. Saturday was moving day for me and Elizabeth, and then I had to work and event at night, so I didn't get a run in at all. Again, probably for the best since I think I needed the rest. Sunday capped off the week with an easy run around Hanes Point - I felt a little better, so hopefully I'll snap out of it this week and have an easy 40 miler on the weekend.
Monday - Off
Tuesday - 8.5 miles - Hanes Point Loop
Wednesday - 8.5 miles - Hanes Point Loop
Thursday - Off (tired)
Friday - 35 miles - Mt. Vernon Trail
Saturday - Off (moving and work)
Sunday - 8.5 miles - Hanes Point Loop
Total Miles: 60.5 miles