You may have noticed (though probably not) that I’ve been quiet, mostly because nothing exciting has been happening. Now that I am officially in training maybe I’ll start writing weekly recaps, just so I have SOMETHING to throw up on the blog. I’m not sure I’m a big fan of that idea. Anyway, finally something worth writing about has happened in my life, and so ta-da! Blog post!
Friday I ran the HEB Zoo Relay with a three other runners, two who I hadn’t met and the other one who knew I am a big fat sucker. At the last minute, my running buddy A. who works with wounded warriors and asked if I would join her team, which included family of two different patients, and if I didn’t join the team, they’d be unable to run. I might be cold hearted, but even I couldn’t say no to that. And because we’re so smart, we thought it made sense to just incorporate the race into our long run for the week. Sure, why just run two miles when you can run 10?
The relay started at 6:00, in September, in Texas, which means H-O-T, HOT temps. It was 97* when A. and I started running our “warm up” of 4 miles before the race. And the sun. I know what it feels like to be boiled alive; it feels like Texas in September.
There wasn’t really anything exciting about either the extra miles or the race. Maybe (duh) I would have had more fun if we’d only done the two miles and not incorporated the long run. A and I ran the first two loops and then took a much needed water break while our 3rd runner did her two mile loop. We ran the last loop together as a group of four, because we’re rebels like that.
My left knee started feeling tender somewhere between mile 6 and 7, and has actually been bothering me on many of my runs the last few weeks. Sort of an all around pain, nothing I could point to and say “right there.” Maybe it’s because of that GIGANTIC heel strike I’ve got going on. Just a thought. I’d look up the results to see how our team finished, but I honestly don’t care enough to hunt them down. We had fun (aside from the HOT) and I’ve got the splits on my Garmin. What more could I need?
I spent Sunday morning at one of my favorite places to run, McAllister Park, watching Hollie race a super speedy 13.2. I’m not sure what the deal was with the whole half marathon plus .1…Texans are crazy. Hollie though, she is the fastest. Seriously, she won. According to her race report it sound like she had a tough race due to the out of control heat and humidity, and all I have to say is that if she can look that relaxed during a tough race, I’m super jealous.
I steal pictures, and I don’t even feel badly about it. That sums up my weekend. If I do anything exciting this week, I promise to keep you updated, I know you’re waiting with bated breath.
On a completely different topic, I hate Live Writer. All my photos are all wonky, because it keeps changing the size and ration. I don’t HAVE to use Live Writer, but it seems like it should make things easier instead of harder. What are the cool kids using these days?