Sunday, February 25, 2007

My own marathon

Yesterday I went out for a long run. And I mean LONG.
You see, I ran 13 miles yesterday, the length of a half marathon. Brian asked me why I did it. That part was obvious; I wanted to see if I could. I think that has been my whole push to run that distance. Just to see if I could do it.
It takes me a really long time to run 13 miles. Way too much time to think about what I'm doing and why.
So when I got home, I was an interesting mix of happy and sad at the same time. I was happy. I mean, I ran 13 miles! I have been saying that this is the longest distance that I will ever run in my life. It's my own marathon. Sad because I realized that getting there was all the fun. I have no desire to repeat that feat in a race now. Maybe ever.
My knees are tired. I know all about muscle soreness but this is joint soreness. There is no pain but there is definite soreness. Now, if you examine my motivation to run for the last 2-1/2 years, you'll note that it has been all about health. That's why I'm jogging races instead of run-walking them, right? To be exact, it's about my health when I'm 70 or 80. I want to be doing things right now that will make me at the top of my game then. I realized yesterday that the feeling in my knees is most likely not going to be good for me when I'm 80.
I read somewhere a quote from a doctor that said if anyone is running more than a 3 mile run, they're doing it for reasons other than health. I think that he means the wearing parts of running overcome the cardio, muscular and skeletal benefits of running at around 3 miles. I think that I agree with him. Maybe the distance varies a little from person to person but I don't think you can exceed 10k distance without doing it for a different purpose.
So am I going to run longer distances than 3 miles? You betcha. Because I don't think that it is causing damage (or else I would have some kind of recovery times) for me to run 10ks. But I don't think that I'll go longer than that. I can work on my 10k time for the next 10 years and be perfectly happy. Besides, an hour out of my day for a race or training? That's something that I can live with for the next 50 years of my life.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Lost Dutchman 10k 2007

Denise and I ran the Lost Dutchman 10k today. I was so very worried about the amount of wind and the temperatures from the day before. I thought it would be a very hard day. But luck was on our side; the cloud cover kept the sun off of us and the wind was gusty but not constant.
I'm awaiting pictures from others that are smart enough to remember to bring their cameras. Until then, Steve took this on his blackberry in the car prior to the race. You'll have to wait for the picture where we look exhausted :)

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Super Bowl Luck

I entered a Super Bowl pool at work this year.
I bought two squares for $10 and guess what... I won! Twice! I won $200! It made watching the game so interesting that I actually watched the whole game. Well, maybe it was actually my very cool neighbors that I drank beer and ate Chinese soups with that made it fun.