Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Getting Back in The Saddle

Writing has always been a release for me. And it's always surprising on the individuals who enjoy the read.

In the grand scheme of things I'm a nobody, but I'm a nobody that gets to do a lot of neat things and meet a lot of fun, interesting people.

Over the weekend, a good friend of mine made a comment on Facebook about being out of town this weekend (starting spring break vacation), looking to see if there was a race nearby and was going to go before the spouse put the "does everything have to revolve around running?" breaks on it.

I replied that those were some of my best stories. Doing the crazy things that nobody else would ever do.

Seriously, if you aren't going to be in a position to win something, then you might as well have fun.

And if there was nobody around to do something with, I might as well enjoy myself while I was alone.

There are too many stories to remember. I've done half marathons on back-to-back days in two different states enough that it has almost become normal.

Perhaps the craziest multi-day state thing that I ever did was to run a 10K on a Saturday morning in New Jersey. (This was after a meeting in suburban Philadelphia all day Friday.)

After the race was over, I visited my grandparents in central Pennsylvania. Getting there at about 2 p.m. or so.

The next morning, my grandfather made the drive with me to Akron, Ohio where I ran a half marathon.

I mean, "Why not?"

I don't do that too much anymore, but I will when the chance - naturally - presents itself.

Fourteen marathons, though, last year was crazy enough in trying to get ready for Rocky Raccoon. It almost worked. I'll try a different approach for the 2013 race.

And that approach starts in earnest now.

Put 30 minutes on the treadmill followed by 30 minutes on the elliptical. And at the end of a long travel day from Houston to California.

But as Chuck Engle, the Marathon Junkie says, I need to run more!

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