race: "The official count for the 188th running of the Boston Marathon is 35,755 total runners (Men - 19,648; Women 16,107)" As a runner and marathoner, my heart is on those streets of Boston even though I've never run them. Those terrorists tried to knock us down and they only made us stronger. #bostonstrong
- My recovery story continues to play itself out in most interesting ways. Last Wednesday morning before I ran my birthday run, my quads were still tender to the touch from the previous Saturday's 50K in Mohican State Park. I still headed out and ran a strong 28 miles on asphalt. I wake up Thursday and BAM! I feel better. Huh? That makes no sense. I took the day off because I knew I had to "properly" recover. On Friday, I hit the trails for 10 fast and EASY miles in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I kept thinking to myself how my feeling from head to toe made no sense! "I shouldn't feel this fresh...but I do." That was a great run and a perfect fit into a work day that started and stopped over and over again. I wore my new Hammer Nutrition tech tee for the first time, too.
- How was your Easter Sunday? Each Easter seems to play itself out a little different for us. This year, we enjoyed a traditional Easter dinner on Saturday night with great friends of ours followed by a laughter-filled euchre smack down until the ladies cried "Mercy!" On Sunday, we celebrated Resurrection Sunday by first enjoying a homemade biscuits and gravy breakfast and homemade quiche followed by a great service at church. Our afternoon took us west into the Hinckley Reservation where we climbed boulders and rocks at Whipps' Ledges and a stop to lay down on a dock over Hinckley Lake where we just closed our eyes and soaked in the sun. What a beautiful day we got! Spring picked a most excellent day to say "I'm here to stay!"
|Our view from the dock|
- Facebook post of mine from last Thursday: "Circle of Life Moment: A half hour ago, I was sitting at McDonald's, about 10 feet away from the spot that I was approached by a Navy recruiter 24 years ago. Had I not been approached, I would've never joined the Navy. The Circle of Life is completed as I was sitting in uniform with a Naval Officer-wannabe, talking about aviation, and pointing to the table I was wiping 24 years ago and where I am today. We never know where life is going to take us, do we?"
|All marathoners get this tech tee...sweet and original!|
- OK, I don't share many YouTube videos here but my family and I have watched this EIGHT times. If you've seen Frozen, you just have to watch it. Naval Academy baseball player, Matt Kilby, recorded this of him and his friend lip syncing to a popular song from Frozen...and they NAILED it! It's gone viral and over 600,000 people have watched it. Enjoy!
- I'll leave you with this quote from Mark Remy, author of The Runner's Rule Book: Everything a Runner Needs to Know—and Then Some
"Run the mile that you're in. Especially for longer races (but even for short ones, like 5-Ks), it can be tempting to dwell on the total distance or on how far you are from the finish line. Try not to. Instead, focus on the mile you're running at that particular moment.
Be mindful of the full distance, of course; mentally and physically, you should be aware of how far you've got to go. Primarily, though, keep your head in the here and now.
That's a nice metaphor for life, too, by the way. In case you were looking for one."
Have a GREAT week, everyone!