What is there to smile about? I'll tell you, by golly!
Coming off the heels of a really fun day at the coast which included at least a half hour sitting next to Steve Prefontaine, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Why miss out on opportunities just hoping somebody might decide to do something or might not? I shouldn't - and I won't. I'm now the proud owner of tickets to the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on June 2nd. I am so excited to see the best of the best running at speeds I can hardly fathom. I've never made it up for the Classic before, so I'm pretty *insert synonym for excited here*! And I think our seats are relatively near the finish line, which could make for some cool moments!!
Also running related, because that is my life now.... a couple people are coming to ME for help and advice!! I go to Giraffy for advice while creating my marathon training plan and figuring out my smaller goals while going for the big one, but then at the same time I find myself helping out my friend Jessica with her training for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler. I went for a while there where I just kept getting dumped on and felt like I was the worst runner that knew nothing. The bad influences are gone and I'm back to feeling like my confident self again! And I'm having so much fun talking to people that are like me and just want to learn and improve. Jessica did her first assigned run/walk last night and it sounds like it went great. This makes me soooo happy for her! She doesn't have a blog, so I can't link you to her, but trust me, she's cool! You may remember her as my friend that joined me and did the Vegas Rock'n'Roll Half - and she and I have done a couple Disney vacays together. It just makes me feel all warm inside that she trusts me enough to give her guidance and is enjoying it so far. I think the thing with her and I that works is that neither of us are training for Boston or to be Age Group winners. We both have started with zero base. Obviously I've built mine up, and so now she is doing the same. I guess I just understand her and know that over-pushing and demanding too much isn't helpful. I just want to be as supportive as I can and make sure she has a really fun time at her first Disney race - 2nd race ever, and crazy enough this is her 2nd night race! What makes this even more fun for me is that she and I are essentially training together. We are both going to be exploring new territory and having difficulties and success at the same time. My first marathon is 1 week after we do this race! It's like I have my own little training buddy!!
I meant to get up this morning to run. Yeah, clearly that didn't happen. So tonight I'll do an easy 5. I'm not trying for any distance records right now. I just want to keep my legs moving this week as I prepare for Portland RnR. And I am already craving the tots that Cilley Girl and I HAVE to track down before race morning! I think my stomach just growled at the thought of them. Tots seem to be the key to my best races, and who am I to mess with that?? Stick with what works!
I thought I had more, but my mind went blank. So happy Tuesday everybody - I'll be back tomorrow morning with a report of surviving 5 miles in 82º - eek. I hope it cools off before I actually run! Alright then, yes, ta ta for now!