Saturday, June 16, 2012
One would think the humidity wouldn't be so thick at 5:30 am. But, that one would be wrong. We set out for an early Saturday morning run and felt like the air was just holding us back. Thick and heavy on our lungs, making it hard to get your breathing pattern in sync. That's something very important when you run. Enough complaining though. It was still a great run. Deb and I talked the whole way. We talked about the race, the kitten she just rescued the other night, the ballgame we're going to tonight, and several other things. Gotta love it when you run with someone and you can carry on a conversation the whole way. That means a couple things. One, you're comfortable with the one you're running with. Two, you're running at a comfortable pace to allow you to carry on a conversation. I was told, several years back, you can tell how hard you're running by the ability to carry on a conversation. If you can't talk while you're running, you're pushing too hard (or racing). If you can carry on a conversation while you run, you're at a comfortable pace. If you can sing, you need to pick it up because you're just being lazy at that point. :) Off to work now. I'm the Duty Officer for the week so, I'm stuck working the weekend. Might try to sneak in another run during my lunch break since I missed out on the Mucka run this morning. Looking forward to spending the evening with my girls at the Memphis Redbirds ballgame tonight. First time we have gone to a baseball game together. Amy actually wants to hang out with her parents and watch the game. Family night! :)
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Well, looking back at my last post, I have been absent from here for well over a month. Guess I have some catching up to do. As stated in my last post, things at work have been crazy. But, prison work is unpredictable so, you have to roll with the punches. May was my first month, out of three, that I broke the 100 mile mark for the month. I have friends that do that in a week. I need to get back in the game if I'm going to be ready for my two marathons in Nov and Dec. The last three months have also included the development and putting on of Mucka Mania! This was our running club's first annual 5K/10K race! Months of planning, course development, sponsor gaining, t-shirt and medal designing, and just the long hours of bringing it all together. We finally reached the day when it would all pay off. June 9 was that day. Yes, the same day as my birthday. What better way to spend it than with my girls taking part in the race as well as many of our friends. When we first started registration, it was slow. Not many signed up at all. Up to a month out, our race was looking bleak. Then, out of nowhere, the numbers started creeping upward. When we hit the century mark, we were ecstatic. The it hit 110, the 120. Panic started setting in. We truly didn't think it would take off so much, considering it was our first race. We closed down online registration at 153. Race day registration pushed us over 160. Amazing! Race day arrived and the turn out was great. Our volunteers rocked! Everyone loved the courses! I've had a couple ask when we were going to put on another race. Many have already said they cannot wait to run it again next year. Some are verbally committing to step it up and run the 10K. There were so many smiles at the finish line! It made it all worth while. Oh, and some of the end results for the Wise Clan were as follows: Deb took 8th overall, 2nd female, 1st in here age group in the 10K. Amy took 2nd in her age group for the 5K. The birthday boy took 3rd overall, 3rd male, and 2nd in my age group. Not a bad way to spend my B-Day. :) We finished off the day with some friends and closed out a great day.