|Swinging Bridge - Mile 20 +/-|
|Swag - Mason Jars and Feud Theme|
A list of highlights and key thoughts:
* Christy and I drove up on Friday, ran Saturday and made it back for a high school graduation that evening. The drive was pretty and it was nice to have a Saturday morning race for a change. Having Christy run the 5k that morning was exciting as well. We had a great time together.
|50 State Club Reunion|
|Mountain Highway - All to Runners!|
* What a difference a conversation can make! I have experienced this before, but it really is amazing how much a little encouragement from others, and a little talk to take your mind off the pain, can actually help. For most of the last half, I was definitely running on a flat tire (knee pain - not sure?). So I would run a few minutes at pace, then shuffle / race walk for a few seconds, then run at pace, then ... you get the picture. After passing one another back and forth over about 8 miles, a young lady from Charlotte finally asked if we might could push each other for the last 2 miles--what a great idea. So the earphones came out and we started to talk about training, and races, and all things running. Before we knew it, the finish line was in site and the push had kept us going. It’s that camaraderie deal that’s pretty unique to runners. I really appreciated it. Congrats Karla on a new PR and best to you in Chicago.
|Foggy Mountain Morning - Beautiful Run|
Well, the goal for Hatfield-McCoy was survival, and survive I did. I wore a sleeve for the knee, just in case, and really lathered it up with some bio-freeze. I actually think speed work from the past few weeks was just a bit much, but I’ll be good in a few more weeks of rest. Anyway, the knee held to at least halfway and then it was just a matter of gutting it out. Coming in around 4:45 was only slightly worse than what I had projected, but it wasn’t about clock time on this one. See, there’s a reason that most marathons don’t run in June, and a why most don’t go over the KY-WV mountains. But with the scenery, the people, and the all out fun of HMM, maybe more of them should. Besides, they said we could take as long as we wanted, but to be careful after dark, cuz that’s when the shootin’ would start ...
Next up: Indianapolis Monumental on November 1st with our good buddy, the Kentucky Keflezighi - Paul Brantley. And we will be looking to go flat and fast in Indy! See you then.