I have to post as agreed by contract. No Doubt.
I was listening to a Marathon Training Academy podcast the other day. Lots of driving of late - It’s My Life.
Usually I only like the RRs but they were interviewing an author in this episode. Susan Lacke. She is a triathlete, runner, former alcoholic and smoker who is deaf.
She wrote a book titled Running Outside of Your Comfort Zone after getting burned out from trying to qualify for Boston.
She had become lost as a runner. She had lost her why. Fearing she was never enough. It struck a chord with me. After getting injured I wondered if my running would ever be enough.
She found courage - a false sense of bravado - in the middle of the night which I could identify with:
Remember The Climb at Bryce Canyon? Don’t Speak. Please just hand me my ass.
Thankfully I have Cathy who is just as happy to do these crazy adventures with me! It’s like Susan Lacke wrote this book about Cathy & me! Cathy was the only one who responded with a “that looks like a Hella Good time” when I emailed everyone about the triple Trailfest.
Thankfully C gets me and may be just about as crazy as me. She sent me a screenshot the other day about someone wanting to run the Bryce Canyon Ultra. (She really really wants to run a 50k this year.) I replied that I was going to send her a text about doing a crazy race a month but didn’t because I am trying to be disciplined.
She replied, “Goal for 2021?”
I didn’t even have to Push and Shove. Damn, I love that girl.
After finishing the book I bought the author’s 1st book - Life is Too F*cking Short To Go That Slow.
It was short. Not sure I would’ve read it if I knew the storyline. Much of it hits too close to home. But anyway one of the tag lines from it is “Don’t be a dumbass!”
Well with that running through my mind I couldn’t let myself back out of my workout. I got out today in feels like 25* weather on my bridge on the Atlantic Ocean that has no wind protection. Did my 1st workout of hill repeats - 3 x ~.25 @ 8:00 pace. The whole run ended up at an 8:37 pace.
All I have to say is that running in the ungodly humid and hot weather when I was Looking Hot this summer certainly seems to be paying off!
I’m in the process of moving to a new town. All of my old, safe running and biking routes are gone. So far I’ve been hit by a car on my bike and stopped while running in the “safe” part of town and told that I was being watched/checked out by a very slow moving vehicle and that I need to be careful. Sigh. I just Want To Throw My Toys Around.
Not going to lie. This made me super sad, but I did do the big girl thing and buy some pepper spray.
The one good thing about the new town is that they have an active running group. I’m going to see if I can meet them Sunday Morning.
My hamstring seems to be Happy Now so I boldly wrote a New training plan. Settle Down if my leg gives me issues I’ll back off, but Running is good now...like really good.
Don’t Speak. I know I need to build up my base and I’ll be careful. A Hal Higdon hybrid of Intermediate and Advanced 1 marathon plans.
I’ll End It on This.
I’m Just A Girl living my Platinum Blonde Life. Have No Doubt.