Monday, August 20, 2012
Well, the best I can say for July and August so far is that I haven't re-gained any weight. Alas, I wanted to lose some!
Ran 66 miles in July, and am on track for about the same in August.
Some major life changes - helped my daughter move to Georgia to start graduate school. This involved a two-day car trip with her crazy cat, in her tiny car packed to the gills with her stuff. Then a frantic 5 days of purchasing furniture, scouting the town, etc., etc. It was fun, but exhausting... Really felt I needed a vacation to recover!
So, we are back to the empty nest. Now, don't get me wrong - I love my empty nest, the ability to do what I want when I want with fewer people demanding my time... but after several weeks of concentrated time with my daughter, I miss her terribly.
At the same time, my son has gotten engaged to his girlfriend of four years. A lovely development, and one we are very happy about - but it's a major life change, and a change in perspective for us. I'm going to be a mother-in-law... makes me re-assess my world view of myself and my place in the family. And yes, it does make me feel older.
So - lots of life changes....
I'm still not psyched to pick out a new target race for the fall, but I'm gradually returning to longer and longer runs on the weekends. My "illness model" of marathon recovery seems to be paying off - I'm reasonably confident I'll feel like racing again in 4-6 week. If I do make a race choice, I'll be ready on short notice to do a half marathon. I'm hoping I get it together by mid-October. I do have tentative plans for a marathon next fall (in FRANCE!!!!)
To help re-inspire myself I volunteered at an Ultra Marathon on this weekend. Helped man an aide station at the 25 mile mark, and it was fascinating to see the runners coming through on their way to 50 or 100 miles. I expected them all to be hyperfit and really savvy about fueling, running long distances, etc. But they were a real mix of runners. Some looked more out of shape than I am, and finished their first 25 miles in over 6 hours. The 50-mile race leader did his first 25 in under 3 hours, and set a new course record of 6:25. He was sprinting in at the finish. Somewhere in the middle were a bunch of somewhat naive and underprepared folks... one asked what salt tablets were for when we offered them. Another, who had been throwing up, seemed surprised when we told her she was covered in salt. "I don't know how that could have happened" she said, puzzled and brushing at her dry salty arms (we kept her there a long time before she was allowed to continue!) One admitted his longest run in the last 3 months had been 8 miles (yikes!). Some lingered to enjoy the snow cones and potato chips. Others were efficiently racing - gave us water bottles to refill while they hit the bathroom, and were back out on their way in less than 2 minutes. We could see them go by on the other side of the canal when they were about a mile from out station, so it was interesting to see them before they got there and see how they were doing after they left. There was a definite difference, just as there is at any 1/2 or full marathon, between those who were racing and those who were just challenging themselves to finish.
It was an interesting experience to see this, but I have no desire to do such a race myself. But it made running another marathon seem much more reasonable!