“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Random Wednesday

Another Wednesday, another post of randoms.

Avery is trying solids again.  First day of non-formula foods was Sunday.  Green Beans.  I know, I'm evil.  She ate a lot of them...but on Monday decided that Green Beans were not tasty and refused to eat more than a bite or two.  Tursday we decided to try Pears.  Whatever the item - here facial expressions for these first foods are PRICELESS and super hilarious.
You call this FOOD???
Tuesday was my Mother's birthday.  She would have been 56.  She still looked like she did when I first went to college though.  Everyone keeps saying how much we looked alike.  I remember when I used to visit in High School, and she LOVED it when people mistook me for her sister.
I hope I look as good or better in my 50's
A new race to consider was suggested to me by Sarah.  The North Country Run.  It has a half, a full and an Ultra.  It's a trail run and has the biggest medal I've ever seen.  The site says it's the largest half marathon/ultra and largest marathon medal in the country. It's only about a 5 hour drive from here.  I've already been chatting with Laurie about the potential of the Ultra in 2013....I wouldn't be crazy alone.
I want a medal for a face!
I had a dream Monday night about running a half marathon that consisted of running a lot of laps.  But not normal laps of trails or tracks...it was through a house and involved stairs and dodging laundry.  It actually made me ask my husband - is my subconscious wanting me to sign up for the Last Chance For Boston lap race?

Most of you know that because of a canceled flight, I DNS'd for the First on The First race.  My fellow NOBO peeps and the other mentor/training buddy Deb ran in it.  
The entire NOBO training group just before the race
After the race, Deb wanted to give me HER medal to recognize what I'd done to get to that point, and perhaps partly because she used my bib to run it.  It was absolutely a sweet and humbling gesture!  (I'm sure it's partly because this medal has a BLUE ribbon, but the Universe clearly only wants me to have red ones).  While I thanked Deb from the bottom of my heart, I am not keeping her medal.  I cannot keep a medal for a race that I did not complete, it would never feel right to me.  It's not the first time I've said this, nor the first time I've stuck to it despite an opportunity for an extra medal.

I need to rework my training schedule after today.  The flaw in my plan of 3 runs a week instead of 4 became evident today when I had to miss a run.  That means I'll only have 2 runs for the week under the current plan.  I'm going to add back in Monday or Sunday runs.

Last, but not least, be sure to check out this awesome Sunglasses giveaway at The Studly Runner, as well as, this awesome safety giveaway at I Run Because...I can.

Would you run a race just to get that giant medal?

Have you ever run a race that consisted of running laps on a track?  Good, bad?

How many times do you run in a week?  How many is too few during training?


  1. Did I really agree to an ultra in 2013? What am I thinking? I may need to retire from work. Know any sugar daddies? But seriously, a medal as big as my face? bring it!

    I walk at least 6 of the 7 days. I feel lost if I don't. But I am not a good example. I think 4-5 is a good plan.

    And if you sign up for Last Chance, I will too. I am a fraidy cat on that one b/c of the laps but I so want to do it just for that reason.

    1. We agreed to be open to the possibility - and we'll see how our fulls go. :) I may take you up on the Last Chance - we'll talk about it tomorrow!

  2. I run five days a week, cross-train (spin class!) on the sixth and take one day completely off. It seems to work for me, but I had to build up to being able to do five days a week of running after my kids were born. I used to feel really tired if I went past three days.

    I don't know if I'd run a race for a giant medal, but I definitely want a Pikes Peak Ascent jacket and a Boston jacket. :^)

    1. I want those jackets too. At this rate, I'll be running races until I'm 80 to get all the race rewards I want. :)

  3. That's one sweet little face. :) I usually run 3-5, feel best with 4 and cross training mixed in. Love having races on the horizon... good luck deciding!

  4. You two are crackheads. I will come do the half, though and cheer you on. That medal would be big pimpin.

    Avery's expression and the color of the food definitely make me think you are trying to reenact the Exorcist. And I'm with Avery, pears are gross.

  5. Yay ULTRA! I want to take credit in inspiring some of your madness. :)

    1. It really is your fault. I never even would have noticed that an Ultra was an option on race day if it weren't for following your blog. :)


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