May 18, 2013

Endurance: it requires a pair

This has been a blast of a week for running. Coming from someone who trains a lot indoors out of babysitting necessity, getting to run four of my five runs outside was just a notch below a Christmas miracle. It helps that I am now working with the Run Club at Life Time Fitness (message me if you want to join us -- you don't have to be a member to run with us!), and that gives me a bonus outdoor run. 

Also shout out to my husband for generously gaining flexibility with his morning schedule so that I can fit in one extra trail run per week on Thursday mornings. See, he has always been the morning person in this relationship. Always. And I have always been the night person. Always. So when I started running and wanting to wake up early to run, it threw off ten years of built-up, perfectly balanced, morning ritual marriage chi that we had carefully crafted. Plus, mornings are the only time he can fit the gym into his schedule. So I'm just putting it out there that I know it's a sacrifice, and I really super huge appreciate it. 

Here's some of the group that I've run some trails with on Thursday mornings.



And yes (mentally add all caps, bold, and a million exclamation points), that's my brother on the far left. Did I mention that he's baaaaack? Did you know he left? Well, probably not. He injured his foot while climbing and has been trying to let it heal. He ran 14 miles with me today, including a second place overall finish at the Spring Scramble 5K after we already ran 11 miles. That kid is burning up the streets of B'ham.

While he's been on a running spree, I've been on a falling spree. I fell on Tuesday night tripping over a metal barrier on our Life Time run and scraped up my left hand. Afterwards, I mentioned to someone that I've only been falling on road runs lately, not trail runs. So the universe had to rectify that situation by providing a giant fall at the above Thursday morning trail run, where I busted my right hand and reinserted some dirt into my already existing left-hand wounds.   


I didn't notice it was cut until I was almost finished with the run. These were the first wounds that I've ever scraped dirt and rocks out of, and it was pretty painful. Not sure it was worth the effort, by which I mean extreme pain. I always wash my cuts, but I don't usually try to scrape stuff out of them. What do you think -- do you have to scrape the rocks and dirt out, or will your body just work that out on its own eventually? 

And this is the part of this post where I almost inserted a picture of food. My only official self-imposed blog rule is not to post pictures of food beside pictures of bloody hand gashes. Phew, that was a close one.

Instead, here's a pic of the oldest donkey I know, Seymour, chilling on my in-laws' farm. So I don't really know that many donkeys, but this dude just exudes ancientness.


Distraction over. So this coming week, I'm looking forward to a lot of things.

Things I am officially stoked about

A. Not falling on a run this week (fingers crossed).

B. Trying out some FITS socks that I picked up at Alabama Outdoors a few days ago while I was getting a gift for my daughter's teacher who is running her first post-baby half marathon tomorrow. And it's a trail half marathon! Go, Racheal! We are so excited for you and wish we could be there! (add another million exclamation points)

Back to these socks. They're made with merino wool, so I'm very interested to see how they feel with the heat coming back on with a strongness. I don't usually wear wool socks for running, so these are all new to me for sure.


C. Next week is the Netflix release of Arrested Development. I know, I talk about it every day, and you just fell asleep reading about it a-freaking-gain. Every night we have an AD date before bed. Bless you, Netflix.


D. Memorial Day Trail Race on Saturday, May 25th. 12 miles of humid, hilly bliss. 

E. Book club is this week! For May, we're reading Jim the Boy by Tony Earley.

And speaking of reading, I found this ad in the Runner's World that I'm currently reading. So CW-X is maybe just not trying to push the envelope too much with this ad, but if you're going to base an ad campaign on "having a pair," it seems like your picture should not look like a lady in the crotch region. What I see in this ad: dude hands, dude legs, lady biz. 


Maybe the graphic designer for this ad is a feminist and planted a lady crotch in the ad because the ad premise is sexist. Either way, ad fail.

Has your family made any compromises to help you out with training? The whole Thursday morning run thing is just one of many. Another main one: patience with my post-long-run bathroom requirements. 

Tell me about your last big fall. Could you have avoided it? The metal bar on Tuesday night -- yes, I could have jumped higher. I have no idea what happened on the trail fall. It was not very light outside, so that was working against me. 

Ever tried FITS socks? How did you feel about them -- love, lukewarm, or I'll pass? Do you know why the name is in all caps? All caps makes a brand name kind of high maintenance.  

What are you stoked about this week?