Slowly I’m making my way back to getting my running legs. Literally. LOL Yes, my pace has taken a hard hit by my break in running, as always. But I’m getting my feet on the street, which is all that counts. I’ve decided after posting this blog entry that I’m going for a 5 miler today. I woke extra early this morning for reasons unknown (3:55am, to be exact), so I have all day stretching out in front of me! I’ll get my feet out on the Trail here shortly & most of my run will be in the early morning coolness of a day sure to hit the mid-80′s in temp. I’m really looking forward to it ~ I’ve had a couple days downtime due to a stomach bug that pretty much prevented me from venturing too far away from home, to put it delicately.
I also ventured out online, perusing the Florida East Coast Runners site, listing all the marathons for 2010. Just to get a feel for which marathon I’m going to run this year. Because I am determined (again) to get my first one done this year! I must say, I really love some of the names of marathons around the country. I would love to be ready by July (highly unlikely, though) so I could run my first one in my home state of Wisconsin, specifically Dances with Dirt – Devil’s Lake. I doubt I will be ready for that challenge, though, as there are some pretty steep climbs in that one as well. Let’s face it, Florida is as flat as flat can get – hill runs are difficult to manage here.
Some other fun/fantastic names:
- Ice Breaker Road Race in Great Falls, MT
- Whiskey Row Marathon in Prescott, AZ
- The ever classic Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, OH
- Twisted Ankle Trail Marathon in Summerville, GA
- Going Bananas Marathon and Half Marathon in El Monte, CA
- Hatfield-McCoy Marathon & Half Marathon in Williamson, WV
- Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN
- Running with the Devil Marathon in Boulder City, NV
- Grizzly Marathon in Chateau, MT
- Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight Marathon in Rachel, NV ==> *giggle*
- Self-Transcendence Marathon in Nyack, NY
- Monster Marathon & Half Marathon in Virgil, NY
- Trail Dawgs Stumpy’s Marathon in Newark, DE
- Dunkin’ Donuts Cape Cod Marathon in Falmouth, MA ==> Wow! Seriously?!
- Feeling Stuffed Marathon in Huntington Beach, CA ==> I’m guessing this one is a Thanksgiving weekend marathon?!
- National Ding A Ling Day Marathon in Coto De Caza, CA
Inspiration From a Slow Runner
I’ve talked about this incredible feat before, but I have to bring it up again. Eddie Izzard ran 43 marathons in 51 days last year for charity. He ran a total of 1105 miles around the U.K. with only 5 weeks of training – a marathon a day for 6 days out of 7 for about 8 weeks. Why do I mention it again? Because I finally got to see the series, Eddie Izzard Marathon Man a short time ago. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this series – I cannot recommend it enough to everyone. :) Not just runners, but really, anyone looking for inspiration in anything! To watch him continue on, forge ahead, in spite of blisters upon blisters and days on end of running in the rain is to fully appreciate the sheer tenacity it took for him to succeed in this huge accomplishment.
Take a glimpse of the first bit of it, see what you think! Be Inspired!
So I’ve made some progress on the new pattern, finished up the first repeat of the pattern. I think it’s going to turn out well! So far, I’m really liking it. I am, however, taking a short break from it to knit a gift for an adorable little boy who is turning 1 in a few weeks. ;) I think I’ll have it done in plenty of time ~ I really hope it turns out as cute as I think it’s going to be. I’m not saying much more about it, just in case his mom sees my blog post. He he he
Today’s Ravelry Search
So today’s theme is Be Inspired! :) Remember that none of these are mine ~ click the image to view the Ravelry pattern page!
* Free Pattern
Happy Saturday, everyone!