Saturday, May 21, 2011

Frederick HM Training and My Broken Feet

The first serious trouble I had in my run training was the blister underneath my toenail that I developed during my twelve mile training run, one week before the race.  I was worried about the final training runs and race day since this quite the injury, but I used my first aid skills to work through the issue.  After all, I was going to run the half marathon unless my toe was actually falling off.

For the first two days, Sunday and Monday, I kept my toe (the second toe on my left foot) double wrapped with band-aids with bacitracin to help prevent infection.  I skipped Pilates on Monday because I was worried about additional injury to the toe.  Starting on Tuesday I laid off the bacitracin and just double wrapped.  I found during my three mile training run that the band-aid going up and over my toe was rubbing other toes so I knew that wasn't going to work for race day.  For the remainder of the week I decided on one band-aid wrapped around my toe.  My Wednesday run I shortened from four to three miles because my toe was quite sore from Tuesday.  My Thursday three mile training run I dropped completely because I figured it was more important to rest my toe for the race than put in the final training run (this was a good decision).  I knew I was well-trained and ready to go.

My toe survived the race but I had additional aches in my feet from hot spots underneath my toes to additional blisters in those same spots to sore toes in general.  Since this is similar to what I experienced last year, I think I need a different brand of shoe; probably at least a different style since I'm a midfoot runner.  My current shoes do not have too much mileage on them so it's not that they are broken down, they're just not working for me at long distances.

After my shower I took a look at my toe and found that I would most definitely be losing my toenail.  The skin had already pulled away from the nail in most places, and I found I could raise my nail up just a little bit off my toe (that made my stomach flip a little).  So at this point it's all about managing my loose nail to make sure I don't rip it off suddenly.  And that means investing in the bulk size of band-aids and always having one on my toe except in the shower.  Every few days I check in with my toe to make sure there isn't anything funky going on (infection) or any freeloaders (debris).  So far so good.  It took my big toenail eight months to grow out so I'm giving this one three months due to it's relative size.

At some point the old nail is going to fall off, but I am certainly not going to force the issue.  It is protecting the new nail and skin below so the longer it sticks around the better.  If my nail was falling off due to infection or a fungus, that would probably be a different story.  But it's not so I am not going to try to yank it off.  I think I'll stick to home pedicures for the next several months; I am sure those women have seen it all when it comes to feet, but I don't need to wave this toe in their face.

So, here's to a new second toenail on my left foot!  Two weeks down, ten weeks to go.

Frederick Half Marathon Recap

I'm a little slow getting this recap posted, but it's here now.  Yay!

Friday night I slept very well.  Saturday morning I awoke at 5:00a.  My plan was to leave the house at 6:15a, and I figured an hour and fifteen minutes would be plenty of time to do everything I needed to [spoiler: it was].  I warmed up my pasta, threw a little butter on it, and grabbed a cup of water.  As I was getting dressed, I polished off my food and water.  I checked twice to make sure I had everything, and headed out the door on time.

I was able to park on-site at the Fairgrounds which was great.  I sat in the car and flipped through a few magazines; I had an hour and fifteen minutes until the race start so I had some time to relax.  At 6:45a I took off my longs, tossed them in my after-race bag, and headed up to bag check-in.  On my way up I saw a short line at one of the outdoor building bathrooms and jumped in line.  Not too long later I continued on my way.  I checked my bag, smoothed out my gear, and headed towards the start line.  Since I took my time getting to the start line, the road was crowded and I stood in the Fairgrounds entrance waiting for the start, which happened to be around the pace group I was looking for.  The gun went off right on time and I was at the start line two minutes later.

I made sure to pay close attention to my watch and be careful of my pace.  The start is always exciting - the energy is high, and everyone feels good so it is very easy to go out too fast.  I think that was part of my problem last year.  I knew the course pretty well so I thought of the race in stages:

(1) First leg including Market Street
(2) Carroll Creek wind-around
(3) Friends and family! to Schifferstadt
(4) Schifferstadt loop
(5) East Street to the finish

The first stage went by uneventfully.  I found myself unable to fully relax into my run since there were a lot of people around, so I relaxed as much as I could.  The second leg was "annoying" as I had expected. There were a bunch of turns through neighborhoods as if the race organizers were just trying to "find some miles".  The remainder of the miles were well organized so I can forgive them for a few annoying miles.

As I came out of the annoying miles I was looking forward to seeing my friends and family.  I started moving left so they could see me, but I quickly discovered they would probably be standing on the right side of road based on how the race had been laid out this year (we didn't have the entire road, just the right side).  So, I moved right and smiled and waved as I ran by my adoring fans.  And then it was back to work for another five miles.

As I entered stage four I knew I had about two miles in the loop before I came out for the final two miles.  This is when I caught up with the 2:30 pace group.  I was expecting to finish in 2:30 so I knew I was in good company.  The pacers were fantastic; they were chatty and energetic and I loved it so I stayed with them through the loop.  The undersides of my toes had started to hurt and I found that they felt better if I ran faster, and this group was running just fast enough to relieve the pain.  As we came out of the loop and we approached the eleven mile sign, one of the pacers told everyone that they had had a lot of fun with the group, but if anyone had enough left in the tank, then they would miss us but we should go ahead and take off.  So, I did.

I wanted to leave everything on the course, and I felt great, so I picked up the pace.  Mile eleven went by in 10:36.  Just over halfway through mile 12, I ran by two of my friends/coworkers.  This was on the way to a 9:48 mile and they noticed I was cruising.  I had forgotten about the final hill leading up to the Fairgrounds, but I powered up it (I couldn't slow down or else my feet would hurt again), made the final turn onto the racetrack, and sprinted towards the finish.  I heard someone say "don't let 2:30 show up on the clock" and I made sure it didn't happen.  I crossed at 2:29:59.  And that was when I remembered that it had taken me two minutes to get to the start.  2:27:59.

I had no one waiting for me at the finish so I grabbed my bag, took the moleskin off my feet, put on my longs,  got out of my shoes, mixed and took in my protein drink, and headed for the infield where I grabbed my free "beers" (Michelob Ultra) and an Italian sausage with peppers and onions, for breakfast.  Once I was done relaxing, I picked up my premium shirt and headed towards my car to drop off my bag.  I called Jeff and found out when he and his brother were going to arrive for their 5k run and made arrangements to meet up.  Since the parking area had cleared out, I moved my car closer to the start and met up with the guys.  I watched them race, spent a little more time in the infield while they enjoyed their own beverages, and then we all headed out.

The race was perfect.  The weather cooperated so it was just me against myself and I performed well.  I pulled in mile times of 11:34, 11:36, 11:28, 11:37, 11:38, 11:29, 11:22, 11:27, 11:18, 11:23, 11:37, 10:36, 9:48, and 8:19 for the final 0.1 miles.  Since I didn't have my Garmin last year I don't know what my pacing looked like, but I guarantee it was ugly.  I finished 297/376 in my AG and 1428/3670 for my gender.  This might be the first time I finished in the top 40% of a group.  Yippie!

A body recap to follow.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Pre-Race Evening

Just in case you're not an avid reader of my blog, last post's reference to losing my toe comes from my post-century ride in 2007 and the resulting toenail issues.

It's less than 24 hours from race start and the adrenalin is starting to flow.  And a few nerves too.  I headed to the expo at 4p (the expo ran from 3p - 8p) to pick up packets for myself, Jeff, and Zac.  I perused the goodies and found a Fuel Belt pouch that is the perfect addition to my Fuel Belt.  My complaint has been that I've needed a second, larger pouch and fewer bottle holders, and now I have it.  I tried not to look too much since I'll probably be back after my half marathon is over and before the 5k starts.  I ended up with a freebie cold pack too.

My outfit for tomorrow is finally chosen:

The only common pieces from last year are the shoes, Fuel Belt, and iPod.  I didn't think any bad karma remained on last year's outfit; with it being a little chillier than last year I chose not to wear a tank.  I just noticed that my Garmin Forerunner is missing from the photo; it was busy charging.

And speaking of weather, here's the forecast:

Overnight low of 47ºF.  High tomorrow of 72ºF with a 20% chance of precipitation for the day.  Sunrise is at 6:04a.  The temperature at 7:00a is supposed to be 51ºF and at 10:00a is 62ºF with no predicted precipitation in those hours.  In one word - awesome.

Since it's supposed to be super sunny, I decided to forgo a black shirt.  And without all the heat, I'm leaving the visor behind too.  No need to add unnecessary weight.

I'm done eating for the evening and will finish out the night with a few more glasses of water.  I'm thinking I'll be in bed and asleep by 9:00p and up by 5:00a, but I'll have to listen to my body to see how that feels.

That's it for tonight.  I'll post again after my race.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Gross! Gonna Lose the Toe! Part Two

After my run on Saturday, the second toe on my left foot was terribly painful for the remainder of that day and the next morning.  It was a little swollen and the nail appeared to be quite raised.  The last time my nail looked raised, it was because I had keratin deposits that were building underneath.  After several weeks of treatment with NonyX, my nail was no longer yellow and everything was back to normal.  So, I only assumed that this is what it was and started treatment.

Sunday morning I started to scrape out the debris, just as I had last time, when something popped and some watery light yellow fluid came out.  I have to say I was a bit freaked out because this was not what I was expecting.  Okay, I was quite a bit freaked out.  As I squeezed what I figured was a blister, there was more fluid and then a bit of blood.  After I felt I drained everything out, I called Kristin and asked for advice since she has a lot of running experience.

The determination was that I had a blister underneath my toenail, and that it was possible I would lose the nail.  Since it wasn't a blood blister and I was able to relieve the pressure, that was a good sign, but it's hard to tell how the blister formed underneath so I don't know how well the nail is secured to my skin and surrounding tissue.  If I can make it through the next six days without an infection and with my nail, it can do what it needs to after that.

The cause was probably pressure from seam on my sock, the moleskin wrapped around my toe, and my toenail pressing against my shoe.  The moleskin was there to protect the underside of my toe from the hot spots that had been forming during my long runs.  In preventing one problem, I created another.

I currently have a dressing of two bandaids and ointment on my toe.  I'm wearing open-toed shoes as much as possible to (1) prevent me from kicking things accidentally and (2) allowing my toe/nail to move freely without hitting anything.  I'll be changing the dressing at least one a day, especially after my runs.  For my weekday/short runs I'll wear my lightly seamed/seamless socks and no moleskin (that was for my long runs anyway) and keep a watchful eye on my toe.  If I need to shorten or cancel a run, I'll do so since I know I'm ready to go for Saturday; I just need to "get through" this week.  I'll be leaving the moleskin off the top portion of my toe for Saturday, but keeping it on the lower portion since that's where the hot spots crop up.  And there will be a careful choice of socks for that day, too.

I have no idea how people run marathons!  This is enough excitement for me.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Half-Marathon Dry-Run

After yesterday's run, I'm not changing my estimated pace.  If I had actually had a good run I may have been able to, but my run quickly turned into a survival, and survive I did.

My nutrition was off; way off.  I could have probably eaten a steak dinner and felt better than what I did yesterday.  I took in four things before I hit the door:

(1) One 5oz cup Amaretto coffee
(2) One serving No Yolk egg noodles with a small pat of salted butter
(3) Two servings raw almonds
(4) 8oz water

In hindsight, I should have kept to the noodles and water only.  Maybe a few almonds, but not the two servings I pushed in.  Unfortunately when I saw the almonds, I thought "yum, bland" instead of "protein, don't want/need it".

The quick back story is that I have a very sensitive stomach when it comes to running.  I have to be very careful of the flavors of Bloks/Gu/Beans I eat because if they're too flavorful, I end up with heartburn, indigestion, stomach aches, runner's trots, or any combination of those.  I also have to be very careful about what I eat before I run.

In the past I've generally eaten rice and a little butter pre-race, but I figured the volume from the egg noodles would be nice and decided to switch.  No problem there.  Water, a must to hydrate after sleeping was also a-okay too.  The almonds were generally well accepted, although I did have a bit of indigestion in the last few miles specifically from them and will either limit my intake to just a few or cut them out all together next week.  The killer was the coffee.

I felt like I had swallowed battery acid.  Had I actually swallowed battery acid the pain would have ended much faster (because, let's face it, I would be dead).  I knew I was in trouble at the 0.5 mile mark when the burning started, and for the next 11.5 miles I wanted to curl up and die.  I was either:

(1) Nauseous
(2) Suffering from heartburn/indigestion
(3) Dry-heaving
(4) Putting my fingers down my throat trying to throw-up
(5) Looking for someone to toss my cookies as my stomach flipped and flopped
(6) Hoping I would throw-up
(7) Praying I would throw-up

Since I'm not practiced at making myself throw-up, #4 wasn't successful and I only succeeded in tightening up my throat muscles and putting myself in more pain.  I felt good for about ten minutes of my twelve mile run and I never ever want to go through that again.  Ever.  Ever.

I mapped out a run that was around 13 miles because MapMyRUN seems to come up short as compared to my Forerunner and I wanted to make sure I had enough distance to prevent running circles around my house at the end.  Well, this time they were pretty close so I called Jeff and asked him to come pick me up.  There was no way I wanted to walk home after what I had just gone through.  In fact, had I had even a mediocre run, I was planning on stopping at ZiPani and grabbing breakfast since they would have been on the way home.  Oh well.

I spent the rest of the day dealing with a super pissed off stomach.  I had egg whites and salsa to start and that went down fine.  Since Jeff and his brother were outside working on our patio, I went and grabbed Chipotle.  Jeff noticed I was pushing around my salad about half-way through and I told him that my stomach was "eh" again.  I layed off the dressing and felt better, so I was able to finish it.  Dinner was the local greek place and I stuck with chicken souvlaki although I really wanted a gyro.  Eating was in between napping and general malaise so I was thrilled when it was bedtime.

This morning I'm feeling much better but I'm a little nervous about next Saturday.  I think I'll go back to noodles and water and leave it at that.  I took in a little bit of water and one Blok on the run and I know that wasn't good enough, so I need to clean up my pre-race act so I can intake what I should during the race.  That's why you shouldn't try out anything new on race day; you'd much rather screw up a training run than the real thing.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Race Day is Only 8 Days Away!

I received an email from the Frederick Run Fest that "Race Day is Only 8 Days Away!".  You know, I really don't need reminding.  I'm on the brink of going through my race day dry-run this weekend (I could potentially pull up my Sunday run to Saturday since I ran Friday's run yesterday) and the excitment and nervousness is really starting to build.  I'm starting to put together the information that my spectators will need to find me, although I haven't picked out my race day outfit yet so that will have to wait until later.  But, here's what I do know:

My pace should be about 11:30 minutes per mile.  This was my estimated pace for last year, but after everything that that happened, I ended up at 12:01 minutes per mile.  I could potentially run as fast as 11:00 minutes per mile, but I'll have to see how this weekend's run goes before I lay out my final estimate.  With my Garmin Forerunner 405CX on my wrist, I should be a much better judge of my pace and not go out too fast like I did last year.

My house is around the eight mile mark, so that gives Jeff plenty of time to sleep and be up and out and ready to cheer by 8:58a.  With the later start time and later location (our house was around the six mile mark last year), this gives me some incentive to pace the front end of the race properly and still look strong at that point.  I wouldn't want to disappoint my fans!  It was around the eight mile mark last year that things starting to melt down for me.  Here's the pace chart:

The current weather prediction is an overnight low of 51ºF, 67% humidity, and 40% chance of showers.  The race day forecast is 69ºF, 58% humidity, and 40% chance of showers.  Sunrise is at 6:04a.  The weather sounds pretty good although it would be nice if the showers would push off.  Given the choice between showers and hazy/hot/humid, I'd take the showers as long as we're not talking about a miserable downpour.

So, I'll replan my pace after this weekend's run, and continue to keep an eye on the forecast.  But that's where things stand today.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sport Bean Snots and Face Plants

Today's long run of eleven miles was a flashback of last year's half marathon.  I left the house at 7:30a, the start time of the race this year, the sun was out and it was humid.  The relished in the shade where I could find it, and could tell that the heat was wearing on me throughout.  But much different from last year, was that I ran the entire time.

I experienced a little bit of "adversity" on this run, but nothing I couldn't handle.  The first event was a Sport Bean that I almost shot out through my nose.  Yes, that's OUT, not in.  I was working on crewing my first set of two beans and in the process of swallowing one, I coughed and it hit the back of my throat and the bottom of my nose.  That burned for a little while, but after some water and a clearing my throat a couple of times, I was back in business.

The second event was a near face plant with another runner.  I bet the people in their vehicles who saw this got a good laugh out of it; I know I did!  I had an eight foot brick wall on my right side and was going to continue straight past where the wall ended.  The oncoming runner had the brick wall on his left and was coming towards me from my right.  He was continuing straight past where the wall ended for him too.  He hit the corner about a stride before I did and we both took evasive action to prevent a collision.  He had time to stop at the intersection and feel silly; I was able to keep running (thanks to the intersection lights) and giggle as I reran the interaction in my head.  I don't think there was anything we could have done differently except stop and walk past that area, and given that this was the first time this has happened in the dozen or so times I've run down that way, one time in twelve isn't a reason to stop and walk unless I start having nightmares about running into someone.

I'm glad to be finished.  Hopefully that's the hottest run in the next two weeks.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Three Mile Tuesdays on Vacation

LA Fitness opened a new location "just up the street" from their current location and I was excited by the prospects.  Since this gym is further from work and closer to home, I could potentially go on the weekends.  More importantly, if traffic is backed up, I can bail and go run instead of wasting time sitting in traffic before I get to the gym.  Options are good.

The layout of the new gym is better - first of all it is not in the middle of a mall so the parking area is gym-attendees only.  It IS on the back of a strip mall, but it is on one side out of the way.  The internal layout is better as well with the mezzanine not looking over the entire gym, but just the front portion.  The mezzanine in the other gym seemed to have been an afterthought with two rows of equipment; the new gym has three rows with more space in between so there are no worries of getting smacked by an elliptical when you're walking by.

I am having a love/hate relationship with the treadmills, though.

The good:
(1) Built-in three speed fan
(2) Personal television screen with closed captioning
(3) Good water bottle holders
(4) iPod connection
(5) Good variety of programs (I don't think I have ever used a program on a treadmill, besides manual)
(6) The stats are out-of-view so you don't have to cover them up

The bad:
(A) 60 minute limit
(B) When the television is not on, it is annoying to watch your reflection
(C) Cannot add time once the program is started
(D) Slow to respond to speed change on start-up
(E) No unique identifiers for each piece of equipment

(A) and (C) have bit me a couple of times so far, and (A) continues to be a concern because I am not the speediest and a five mile run pushes up against that limit.  On those days I have to consider if I want to go to the older gym instead to prevent having to stop and restart my run.

Today my treadmill channel page buttons only paged through two channels instead of all available (about six) and did not accept my 60 minute run time.  The channel issue had an easy workaround because I was able to manually enter what channel I wanted.  During the third mile of my run the treadmill started to suddently slow down and I had no idea why; that's when I discovered the 30 minute (instead of 60 minute) limit.  I stopped my run, tried "60" again, and restarted.  This time I paid attention to the screen and saw that the treadmill had not accepted "60" for the second time.  As I was cleaning up I made a note of what treadmill I was on and made sure to let the front desk know.

Each gym has its pros and cons and depending upon the day, I may choose one gym over the other if it makes more sense.  With my Tuesday runs bumped up from three to four miles for the next couple of weeks, the newer gym will work fine, as long as the treadmill gives me the 60 minute limit that I want.  Maybe I need to start executing an equipment verification procedure before I start my workout.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Half-Marathon Training Status

I promise that I've only been a flake on my blog, not at my running.  In fact, Tuesday started week four of training and I'm already half way through this week (and haven't missed a run yet).

Training has been going well.  My runs in general have been good; my long runs are coming together nicely.  I stepped up from six to eight miles last Sunday and the last mile was a little rough.  I missed a cue earlier in my run and had to "go around the block" towards the end so I wasn't able to mentally relax as much as I was earlier in the race.  Nonetheless, I finished strong and that was the only time I step up by two miles between long races, so no more big steps for the rest of training.

I was super-committed to getting in my training runs, so when Jeff and I went on a long weekend vacation for our anniversary this year, I made sure to find a hotel with a fitness center.  There was no problem getting my run in on Friday morning, although my dinner from the night before was speaking to me while on the treadmill.  The difficulty was with my Sunday run since I would not have access to a treadmill that day.  I considered doing it on Saturday, but we had a late night on Friday and it was difficult to get up early and spend six miles on the treadmill.

I ended up not getting my run in on Sunday and started figuring out how to replan.  Dropping a run really didn't cross my mind, so I pushed my run into Monday and left the other runs where they were.  This meant I was doing a two-a-day on Monday with Pilates, and three runs in a row, but I was ready to do it.

And I did.  Six miles on Monday.  Three miles on Tuesday.  Five miles on Wednesday.  By mile thirteen I was sick of running on a treadmill, but it felt so good to almost be to a rest day.  I popped out that last mile and boy did I have a big smile on my face - no runs missed.  I'm awesome.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Amazing Power of Coffee

I started writing this post two months ago and put it away for a while, but I think it's about time I talk about my amazing "discovery".  I feel like I'm the last person to figure this out, but I'm sure there are others who have yet to discover this.

I didn't start drinking espresso or coffee until a few years ago.  I was "instructed" back in 1999 not to start drinking it because once you start, you're "hooked and doomed".  So I followed that advice for years and didn't touch the stuff.  When I finally broke into it, I started with espresso (and lots of milk, a.k.a. latte) occasionally on the weekends; nothing regular.  Then I added in the occasional coffee (lots of milk, again) and found that it wasn't so bad either.  I've graduated to straight espresso or coffee if it's a really rough day, but most of the time I put in plenty of milk.  Either way, I probably take in a coffee beverage no more than once per week most weeks, so I'm a recreational user.

I never understood why runners would talk about having a cup of coffee before their morning races.  I always though that was bizarre that they would do such a thing like take in caffeine before a race, especially a short race.  What I didn't know about was the wonderful property that coffee has to get "things" moving in a short period.  It wasn't until I drank some coffee to intentionally get things moving one morning that the lightbulb came on - it's not the caffeine, ah ha!  Nothing is more stressful than trying to find a spot-a-pot minutes before a race, and coffee is a great way to take care of business before leaving the comfort of your home/hotel room.  So from now on, I'll be joining the thousands of racers who already know about this and adding a cup of coffee to my pre-race routine.  And now you know too (if you didn't already).

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Recovery and Replan

Earlier this year I was up to my elbows with my satellite working to iron out all the Mission Operations procedures and scripts.  The on-orbit checkout was to take 45 days and I was ready to put my nose to the grindstone and make it happen.  Unfortunately this meant that I was unable to run any races in the early part of this year because I wouldn't have time to train until mid-April at the earliest.  Well, due to a launch vehicle failure on March 4th, I suddenly have copious amounts of training time and a broken heart that needs mending and a highly-structured lifestyle.

Last week I started considering the Frederick Half-Marathon.  I did this race last year and was familiar with this territory; I was just a few weeks short of my original 12-week training plan and needed to kick things into gear ASAP.  I took this past week to seriously think about the training schedule and such, and signed up yesterday with the confidence that I could pull this out in eight weeks.  After all, my biggest issue last year was the amount of taper I ended up taking (two weeks) which knocked me off my mental game for the race.  So, here goes nothing!  Two races on the books; eight weeks to train for the first.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Susan G. Komen 3-Day

I saw a television advertisement last week about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For the Cure Walk.  I decided to check them out online and found out that they hold informational meetings to provide information about the walk, and specifics about the local walk.  I signed up for a meeting that was held yesterday and had no intention of signing up when I walked in (yep, you can see where this is going).

I have not been touched by breast cancer specifically, but I have lost too many family members to cancer, so the meeting was very touching for me when listening to the stories of survival and inspiration.  The fund raising requirement of $2300 does not make me nervous one bit; the walk isn't for eight months so I have plenty of time to raise the funds.  The thought of walking amongst a sea of pink is exciting.  I was never a lots-of-pink kind of girl, but I do enjoy wearing a piece of pink clothing now and again.  And that same sea of pink is going to be full of women and men walking for themselves, for their family, for their friends, and for people who they have never met.  I'm sure plenty of tears and reflection will present over the three days.  As for the mileage, I've accomplished a half-marathon and a century so I'm confident that I can train for 60 miles over three days

I ended up signing up for the Washington, DC walk at the end of the meeting.  The final "straw" was when I found out that I could change walk locations if necessary.  After the meeting I contacted a girlfriend in Colorado about doing the walk, and thought that we might do a more central location if she wants to do it.  My excuse for not signing up was that I would have to do this first before registering, but since this was already an option, my excuse list was cut to zero.  So that was that.  And I have no regrets.

I suppose that since I will be entering a new decade this year, I'd also like to make sure that I'm making an impact on the world.  September is my birthday month so if I hold to the Washington, DC walk it will be doubly special for me.

If you wish to make a donation, please go to my personal 3-Day website.  I'm still working on putting the personal touches on it since my registration is less than 24 hours old.  And please, forward on my link to anyone that you know.  Thanks.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

One 2011 Race Scheduled

About three and a half weeks ago, myself and two friends put in our registration for the Warrior Dash in Mechanicsville.  Last year I was considering the same race in October, but they moved it up to PA so I missed out.

The Warrior Dash is a different kind of race.  There are twelve obstacles between the start and finish lines and there are ropes and mud involved.  I'll have to find an outfit to wear that doesn't include anything I hope to get clean afterward, especially the shoes.  I am thrilled that I have friends to do it with me; I usually train alone and race alone, which gets a little lonely.  This year I'll become a Warrior!

This is the first race in hopefully a full schedule this year.  I have to be careful with the first four months of the year because of work, but after that it's a free for all!