I want to be careful to not talk of the Tuesday Night Runs, or the Tuesday night runners in past tense. There will be many more humid, sweaty, stinky (everyone else but me), and fun Tuesday night runs in the future, and even if (which they won't) the runners begin to dwindle over time, there are many friendships that have formed over the past few years that will no doubt bond for a lifetime.
If you have not yet picked up Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich you need to head out and pick it up. The story of how Marshall had his toenails surgically removed as well as the many other stories will not tell themselves.
Without further ado, lets see who the lucky (and very impatient I assume) winner is.
We had a total of 21 entries. Some of the comments were from those who did not want to be entered, and one from me so I pulled them out before the count.
After working 15, 16, etc hour days I had nothing left to run by the time I got home at night. I also didn't get up before work to run because I neither had the time, the energy, nor was I getting enough sleep.
I know many more people (bloggers) that are running this year and I think it is very cool. I don't really have any hopes of speeding up that much, but who knows, maybe I will still be running when I am old enough for the qualifying time to get to where I can do it :)
I will leave you will this funny video that was sent to me from Improv Asylum last week. If you have run a marathon before this all rings too true.
We had 195 total entries, and many good comments along the way. My brother in law who I talked about in this post entered as well, however I am hoping he doesn't win because then it will appear to be a bit fixed. I have decided that I will be buying him a gift certificate myself to avoid any appearance of being biased. I am so proud of him and how he has quit smoking and started running recently, and with some specific medical issues he really needs a RoadID when he is running on his own.
The book is an easy read with a relaxed style and in many ways I find it reads similar to a very long blog. You feel like you really get to know Marshall as you read it and you become part of his journey. At any age it would be a challenge to run across America, but at age 57 Marshall had more to deal with than if he was much younger, not to say there is a prime age to be an Ultramarathoner.
I haven't promoted local races in the past, but was approached and asked to help promote this race so I figured why not? Atlanta is a big place and I have a lot of local readers to go with the rest of my world-wide readers so if I have the opportunity to give back to the local running community I think I should, especially given the cause that is benefiting. I am not sure if I will be running this race or not so don't walk up to bald-headed guys and introduce yourself, unless of course you are into that kind of thing.
Payton actually had more pain when she ran with the KT Tape, but I am not blaming the tape, but rather that we were providing more support with the tape, and that is not what she needed. It turned out that her arch pain was much more than what could be helped with just tape, and we ended up having to go with some Custom Orthotics before we actually made any progress with her issues.
The thing that has made this week a fun running week has been the company I have had to run with. My brother in law, Brian, brought his family from Indiana to spend spring break with us in Atlanta. We have had the opportunity to run together four times, and I hope I was able to make a positive impact on him with running which will help him to continue and fall in love with running like I have.
Some may say that I can't prove it is needed because I haven't had to use it yet, but just like life insurance or a fire alarm you don't want to be caught without them when the dreaded time comes. I don;t have any medical issues, but I would like my wife to know quickly in the event something does happen rather than them trying to figure out who I am while my family sits at home either worrying or maybe even not knowing what is going on.
They both are running in a meet tonight and their coach wanted them to get up and run a mile before school just to shake things out a bit. Since they normally get up at 5:30 to get ready for school, this meant that they needed to get out the door shortly after 5:00 AM to get the run in and still have time to shower and get ready for school.
I won't let them go out alone on these non-lit roads at this time of the morning, but even with each other I am still very uncomfortable. I woke them up at 5:00 and got ready myself. I just put my shoes on and some warm clothes. I didn't put a watch on or any of the other normal running gear since it was only going to be a mile. As we walked out the door I did grab one piece of my running gear - the reflective vest with flashing lights.