I am sorry that it has been a few weeks of a hiatus from posting! It’s been a busy few weeks and I cannot wait to detail my running over them!
When I last posted I talked about my running, how I plan to make some changes, how I plan to get to Boston. Those plans remain the same. In my ever changing world, I want running to become my constant! There are many things that I want to do with my running, and those will take some time. They will take some more planning, but I do know that I can get there. I do know that I can survive anything that takes my running apart, and I know I will come through any fire refined on the other side, so bring on the flames.
My last post was just before finals week for Winter Quarter here at Eastern. A busy busy time for any student, let alone student athlete! Luckily I had one final project and only one exam to take care of as I finished up on Tuesday that week! I booked my bus ticket home and said “See ya” to Cheney, and headed home! Talking with my coach we set up a plan moving forward for my running for break.
Week One: Three 35 minute runs (M,W,F) and two 40 minute runs (T,R)
Week Two: All 40 minute runs
When I returned to school I would slide into the lower level C Group (5k,10k workout group) and cut mileage appropriately to continue advancing my mileage as we went along.
That still being a couple weeks out, I was looking forward to running on the West Side, a welcome invitation to splash through, normally, the much missed torrential downpours, to blaze a trail with sopping shoes and socks, I wasn’t disappointed on my first day. Arriving and arranging a pick up from my good friend Stevie, we made our way to the water front of Everett where less than 5 minutes into the run the skies opened up! We were caught in a true Western Washington rainstorm. I was beyond excited, we were drenched within our 35 minute run.
I enjoyed it, and catching up with Stevie is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy the return to home and the many running partners I have on the West side, it leaves a lot open for some wonderful running opportunities.
After my run with Stevie the rain would leave me, never to return on my break.
The next day I ran my 40 minutes alone, on the beautiful Burke Gilman Trail in Lake Forest Park while visiting some close friends of mine, and followed up with Friday’s run back in Marysville with the Marysville Pilchuck Distance team! The latter actually ended up being a touch over 40 minutes, but my foot was fine, and it was something that I knew would be a possibility walking into running back home and running on the teams schedule on days I joined them.
From here the weekend was officially upon us, normally I plan runs with everyone on weekends. It’s a great time to get together and enjoy the days that are upon us. As I’ve only been running 5 days a week though I had to make myself keep plans to a minimum.
The next week I had an array of running partners. I was super excited to meet one of my once in a while training partners babies! Yes, Angie and her husband had recently adopted their gorgeous baby girl Aria. When Monday rolled around though I was disappointed to find no baby Aria with my partner for the day, but that didn’t stop us from having a wonderful 40 minute run together, and of course the assurance that I would get to meet her the next time I was in town! Angie is always an awesome person to run with too. She always tells me before hand that we have to run slow and that she’s “out of shape” but I think she always surprises herself in keeping up with me, and I truly just enjoy the company. Makes a run a better experience. Most people that run, and are friends with me, don’t enjoy my offering to run with them, for the very reasons that Angie always points out, but if you ask her, I bet she’d gladly tell you that I do indeed know how to run slow, and am pretty good company to keep! So next time I ask, you should run with me. It’s my favorite way to pass the time, and I promise it will make for a great run!
Next up on my list I hit up both of Marysville’s Track teams. The Getchell Chargers and returned to the Pilchuck Tomahawks, their runs suited me on Wednesday and Tuesday respectively. Although I did run for nearly an hour on Tuesday with the Tomahawks, Coach Conley and the Chargers made for a great time to catch up with them, and I was saddened not to be able to return to their practice on Friday and catch up some more, I will be around more this summer and look forward to getting those runs in with you!
Thursday I ran with my friend Marissa who is always one of the best troopers out there! She’s always up for any distance I want to go (well under 10 miles or so) and never complains! She’s the best running partner anyone could ask for!
Friday I actually took off. Not because I didn’t need to get out, but because I just didn’t get out the door. So my fifth run of the week moved to Saturday and I ran by myself, in the middle of the day in some unusual heat, I guess it prepared me for the return to Cheney, and afternoon practice with the team here.
These people all helped to cap an amazing week and a half at home. It was a very enjoyable time at home. Something that I always enjoy!
My time back at school has also been off to a wonderful start! I have run 6 miles each of the last three days, and one day was a workout day, back at the track, working on speed. I will get to 33 miles this week, adding onto the roughly calculated 184.5 miles this year! Which oddly enough is actually higher than my total from a year ago. I will update and add again my yearly mileage tab so you can all help me keep track of my mileage!
Before sending you on your way this evening I wanted to highlight my friend Tom Lilly. He is a friend from my church back home and one of the greatest guys you will ever meet. He’s funny, and just a blast to hang out with and talk to. He is the latest person to come to me and tell me they were running, and that I was an inspiration. I don’t always think of myself in this light. I run because I truly enjoy this sport. I run because I love the feeling I get after a good run, and a tough workout. Tom right now is slowly making his way into the running community, taking it slow and getting going. We talked a little about his training plan and I cannot wait to hear how things go for him. I told him we would run this summer together, and I definitely plan to keep him honest for it! I’ll slow down Tom, I promise I will. It will be as long a run as you need. I look forward to it.