I was recognized by a woman named Lisa at mile 1.5, as I lumbered along the Oregon coastline. We separated soon after until she sped by my cranky legs at mile 16. I chased her down again by mile 22, frankly because by this point, I was dying for conversation. The trees and rocks and ocean, although lovely, didn't have much going in that department. She was kind enough to oblige and we ran the last few miles together.
I was shocked to be recognized from my blog by a stranger and even more impressed that it was amid a sea (because it was by the Sea? Hah! Right??) of other sweaty runners. Thank you, Lisa, for keeping me sane for the last few miles there.
So, I'm still around. I'm still running [marathons] - although right now that's up for debate.
I took a very very long break. In everything. I even stopped running with my Garmin, or logging runs on dailymile, and updating this blog. I became a very low key, low gadget, non-training-schedule-running runner and it was AWESOME.
Then, just last week, I got recognized again during another race [Mind blown]. It was the Huckleberry Half in Welches, Oregon (cute little race with the world's most bomb donuts). I was just running the 10k but we shared the road with the half marathoners for part of the course.
Still now, thinking about that race, I think about the donut holes provided at the end, stuffed with organic blackberries, warm under the sun......oh my gosh you guys, I would do that race again just for that -- never mind the gorgeous course.
Right now on my racendar, I have nothing. Nada. Zip. Blank. It's refreshingly nice after a year of preparing to run 50 miles (and then doing it). Dave got a new job, that now finally gives us weekends and evenings off together. We've already gone camping twice now and I get to go out of the house on my own guilt free sometimes. Also, my kid starts real school in a month--- which is nuts because he's still my baby.
Oh and I built a patio in our yard all by myself. I'm insanely proud of it: