The Rock and Roll Marathon was in St. Louis this weekend, and as usual when I see all the runners coming and going from the hotel I start to get the itch. I yearn to run with them, and I find myself gazing out the window like a sad puppy after they are gone.
I’m told quite often that I should just run in one – by the runners, by my co-workers, by my heart….
But with my legs hurting as much as they were, I never gave it a second thought.
Then I got these new shoes, and my running life changed. My legs no longer hurt and I’ve been able to run longer distances more often. So for the first time, I’m giving it some real consideration. I’ve looked up the dates of the next half marathon, and I’ve researched the best way to train. I’ve even checked availability at a nearby hotel. I’m nervous about making the commitment though. Not sure why, but I am. So I made a deal with myself. If I could run 8 miles one more time, and not have any side effects after, then I would train for the 13 miles.
Today was the test. And I did it! I made it the whole way, once again, and despite a little tightness I feel great!
I’m still nervous, but as a birthday present for myself, I signed up for the Go St. Louis half marathon. Sometimes I need to squelch the self-doubter in me, and just go for it!
sheesh, I’m still nervous….
Hopefully I’m a little better at running than I am at coaching baseball. I suppose if I’m going to take credit for the Cardinals winning the NLDS, then I should take credit for them losing the NLCS. I’d like to say they put up a good fight, but other than forcing a game 7, they really didn’t seem to be fighting. One run in 27 innings does not a winning team make. They pulled out some amazing wins to get this far though, and St. Louis is quite proud. I’m sorry to see their season come to an end, however. The hotel went from completely sold out to half occupancy after their loss. The off season has begun.
And finally, I thought it only fair that I share this with you….
I found this recipe at Cooking Classy. This is the first recipe I’ve tried of hers, and I was so impressed by it, that I can’t wait to go back and see what else I can try!
I followed the recipe exactly, except I doubled the amount of icing. I wanted to have some left over, but I ended up using it all on the cake. The cake itself is incredibly moist, and the maple icing is to die for.
And you won’t even feel guilty about eating it, because grating the apples beforehand is a great workout. (I was actually sore the next day.) But don’t let that discourage you! It’s well worth all the effort!
It’s a good thing I’ll be running more….