Monday Morning Musings for July Nineteenth, Twenty Ten. A smattering of thoughts that alone don't constitute a blog post but together end up here on Monday morning.
- 2nd half of July = August will soon be here = school starts at the end of August. So, so fast. Too, too fast.
- Victims of Saturday's BT50K: probably at least 2 toenails. We shall see how they 'hang' on. Also got a rare blister on the side of my big left toe. Should have followed my own advice to others and tightened that shoe when I first felt the rubbing. No lesson learned...I knew that lesson...I give it all the time! Stupid me.
- I found a YMCA in North Canton that I'm going to join. They open at 5am everyday and the pool at 5:30am. I'm going to start swimming laps 2 to 3 times a week and get some spinning classes in, also offered at 5:30am twice a week. They are only 15min from my office in downtown Canton so this should work well. Gotta burn some calories and get myself in the shape I know I can be in.
- I must wonder: did I run my last race on Saturday for 2010? I'm signed up for the Oil Creek 100 Miler and plan to run the YUT-C 50K, the Bobcat Trail Marathon and the Inaugural Bigfoot 50K in December. However, I have an appointment with Dr. Shah this Friday and expect him to order a MRI of my adductor region to see what's going on. My bet is that surgery is in my future and if so, that'll wipe out the remainder of 2010. I'll report back when I know more.
- Another great softball game in my church's softball league yesterday and the final one of the season. It was interesting and a bit uncomfortable to make short, fast sprints to field balls in left field being less than 24hrs since the BT50K. Still a lot of fun and next season, I'm going to sign up from the beginning instead of jumping in for the last few games.
- 618 miles and still going strong. I replaced the laces, gave them some new velcro to hold on the gaiters and my Keen trail shoes performed superbly. I am going to continue to wear them until they completely fall apart. Best shoes...ever.
- I've totally fallen head over heels for NPR on WKSU, 89.7FM. It's especially nice to hear the classical music at 3:30am or 4:30am when I get up on work days. Yesterday, it was piano concertos on the way to the softball game. Marjie finds this music irritating but I totally get lost in it. I love it.
- As I step out on Post #301 today, I am reflecting back on the beginning of my blog and the name. Many who share my Christian faith have asked me if it came from Hebrews 12:1. Truth be told, it didn't...well, not purposely. I knew of the verse but the name of my blog just kinda popped in my head and it was decided. Looking back, though, and reading the first 3 verses of Hebrews 12 today, it couldn't be more perfect. I've been wanting to dig into this passage and dissect it. That's my project for this week so that I can talk about it at my church's men's breakfast (ie: FEAST!) this Saturday. I will post my thoughts here as well. Here is the passage. Whether you share my faith or not, you can't deny the parallels to ultra-running and our journey of life and how we attack it...no matter what it is we do. It's a great "life passage" to live by and to: "1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Pretty awesome, isn't it?? I think so.
- You may recall that I recently submitted a Letter of Intent to run for the Rootstown Board of Education. The decision to replace Mr. Dunn who passed away on June 30th must be made by July 30th, per Ohio Revised Code. No one ran against him and the other open seat in the last election but word is, 16 letters were received for the one open seat, including mine. Should be interesting to see who gets this opportunity to serve!
- Have a 4-legged friend and want to support a great cause? The annual Muddy Paws Trail Runs are this Saturday at Pine Hollow in the Virginia Kendall area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If you want to race, it has 5 and 10 mile options but if you want to take your dog out for a 2 mile run or hike (and it's true, many are out there simply hiking and spending time with their dog and others on the trail), the 2 mile event is for you. Last year, nearly $7000 was raised for the Summit County Humane Society. It's pretty cool to see so many people with their dogs out there at the top of the Sound of Music hills and see them all hit the trail together. Interested? Here's the website with all the details. For any of you WCRF, 103.3FM Morning Team fans, Mark Zimmerman who leads the Morning Team will be out there with his companion, Benny!
Have a great week, everyone, and as always, Happy Trails!