November 21, 2012

Don't waste your fall and meet Meb

We're currently in Kentucky, enjoying some farm animals, fall colors, and loads of cousins. One of our chores today was raking leaves, and my kids finally got to jump in leaves for as long as they could stand. They loaded the leaves into this contraption.

And jumped, and jumped, and jumped.

Last week when we were raking leaves in our own yard, we had a few more scoops to go when I asked my kids if they had jumped in the pile when they first started the job. My seven-year-old son screwed up his face and said, "No, we just totally wasted fall." So the farm saved fall from being a complete disaster.

Leaf juggling also saves fall from being a disaster.

The leaves and tall grass were perfect for warming up for today's tempo run. Running in long grass is another great ankle strengthening workout. You know how lately I'm all about bulking up my ankles. I'm going to have to start using my ankles, instead of my biceps, to point to the gun show.

Hitting my tempo pace on the small hills of Kentucky was a surprising (or not) challenge. My goal was 5 miles at 7:39, and instead I hit the splits at 7:09, 7:38, 7:37, 7:40, and 7:26. I felt like I had just finished a marathon. 

But I didn't even run one of those miles as fast as this guy runs all 26.2.

Good news: Meb's coming to visit us in Birmingham on Monday night. From 5:30 to 7:30, he'll be at Aloft Birmingham, 1903 29th Avenue South, Homewood, Alabama.

Here's more info:
The Birmingham Track Club, in conjunction with the Trak Shak, is proud to invite you to “An Evening with Meb Keflezighi.” Meb is one of America’s most talented marathoners boasting such honors as: Silver Medalist at the Beijing Olympics, winner of the NYC Marathon, winner of the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, and placed 4th overall at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Admission is free, but this is a special one night only event, so don’t miss out. Meb will be autographing copies of his book, “Run to Overcome” and $5 of each book sold benefits the Birmingham Track Club. 

Help spread the word and please invite your friends as well. We look forward to seeing you there.
I will definitely be picking up a copy of Run to Overcome. I'm always up for reading an amazing runner's life story. Always. Hopefully I can finish it before Rocket City so I have some Meb motivation flowing through my brain cave during the more grueling moments of my marathon.

Also, if you're looking for some online running gear deals this week, check out Too Tall Fritz's Thanksgiving and Black Friday Roundup.

And check back here tomorrow for a Thanksgiving giveaway!

If you could ask Meb one question, what would it be?

What's your favorite fall activity, without which fall would be wasted? 

Where are you spending Thanksgiving day?