“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, April 17, 2013

Somber Three Things Thursday/Wednesday

Sometimes it is easier to blog in bullets than in paragraphs.  So apparently, I decided it was Thursday a day early.  A friend pointed out there error, so I added Wednesday to the title.  Oops.

1.  Boston.  I have no words.  I have thought often about writing something about the events that occurred in Boston, about my feelings about it, etc.  The bottom line is that I cannot truly express the feelings in my heart and anything less than that would be superficial.  Being part of the running community and the blogging community makes everything hit closer to home.  I had many friends and friends of friends in Boston for the race and I am very thankful that all of them are okay.  (Including the friend who paced me at Xenia).  Just thinking about Mark and Avery being in those stands, words just cannot describe the feeling.

Last night, I met up with many of my friends in the local running community at our local Fleet Feet.  We talked, we prayed, and we ran some symbolic miles in support of all those in Boston.
Photo Courtesy of Fleet Feet
It wasn't the point, but the news came out, and Avery and I have a cameo at the end.  Here is the clip for those that want to see it.  We are at the end.

Triumph Over Tragedy - WCMH: News, Weather, and Sports for Columbus, Ohio

2.  Training Update:  Last week's training went really well.  Nonetheless, I'm starting to feel the persistent fatigue that comes with the end of the training season.  Thank goodness I am now in taper....with a race every weekend before my main race.

Monday:  Post- Half Marathon Rest Day
Tuesday:  Ran 6 miles, 1 hour of foam rolling/strength training with my trainer
Wednesday:  Ran 8 miles, included 8x800m at tempo
Thursday: Ran 6 miles, 1 hour of strength training with trainer
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Ran 22 miles, 10:24 min/mile avg pace
Sunday:  Hiked 4.4 miles with Avery in the Kelty pack
Avery found hiking exhausting at the end.
3.  My Dog Cassie had her surgery to remove a mast cell tumor yesterday.  She seems to be recovering well, and wants to play as though she doesn't have a gash with stitches up her leg.  I think the hardest part (other than waiting for lab results) will be keeping her from running for 14 days.  I'm getting an extra workout today carrying a 65 lb dog up and down the stairs.
Come on Mom, throw the ball, I won't tell the Dr.

I hope all of you are safe, many hugs to the entire running community.



  1. The run you all did was very touching. I watched the video and the comment one man made about our sport actually being a "team sport" is so true.

    Love your pup....hope she behaves during her 14 day time out!!!! Good luck w/ that!

  2. Our hearts are with you all after what happened in Boston. Big hug from down here in Africa. x

  3. It was so nice to see you at the run. Avery is so big!! Keeing Cassie from fetching will be tough! She is so sweet!

  4. Hope your dog recovers quickly! Your mileage is awesome- nice work. I am always so fatigued just in time for taper as well!

  5. I am haunted by images of my own family members near that Boston finish line in previous years. Glad your friends are safe. Excellent training week! I know that feeling of fatigue so well. Wishing Cassie a speedy and complete recovery!


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