"Only those who risk failing greatly can ever succeed greatly." –RFK
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Coach says run for 3 hours...
...so I did.
I didn't stop to think about how cold it was or that the roads were covered in unplowed snow or that I hadn't run for 3 hours straight since the Las Vegas Marathon on December 10th. I just did it. And THAT'S the benefit of having a coach!
I hired Lisa Smith-Batchen this weekend. After talking with her and explaining my goals and hearing her take on how she likes to coach, I knew it'd be a good thing. Accountability and needing to "make time" are my biggest reasons for getting some help with getting back to ultrarunning shape. I'm very happy with my decision.
And I'm very happy that she "made" me run for 3 hours - despite the cold. I would've wimped out if it were just me telling me to do it.
So, I bundled up appropriately and threw on my new UD Wink hydration system and ran the rolling roads. At times the snow was so high there was no way I could run; it was hard even to walk. All the uneven footing challenged my ankle and it was a little sore when I finished. The Wink is incredible. It's a perfect fit: no bounce, no uncomfortable straps, no slipping off my shoulders, the right amount of storage space. This is a great pack for a petite runner!
My legs feel fine now. That's the benefit of slowing down, which Lisa also instructed me to do. Maybe too it was the post-run sauna session that helped. In any case, I've got the Death Valley Trail Marathon in 2 weeks so now's not the time to trash my body. The 3-hour run was perfect.
Then to top off a great day, David and I met Keith and Allison who are friends of ours from Chicago for dinner. Keith and Ali moved from Chicago to Seattle before we moved from Chicago to Spokane. We've met periodically over the years at races in Washington and also at Western States. My very first Western States I ran with Keith up Squaw to the peak all the way to Cougar Rock. This past August they (with their 20-month old daughter) moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, so now they are even closer. It was very nice to meet Kelly, the youngin', and to see Keith and Ali again. They are great people. We talked about some local races and how we all need to start RUNNING them!
I am an ultra runner, physician and have been medical director of some of the toughest ultras. I tend to be a mover and a shaker and louder than my size suggests. However, my Gemini twin is gentler and contemplative, an artist, a writer, and a poet. I am a dog lover, a believer in souls, and have a special affinity for those who struggle because I have been there.
This is my crazy lovable huggable Weimaraner, Steely Dan. I call him Steely. He left us in January of this year at only 6 years from lymphoma that did not respond to chemotherapy treatments. Steely was a total goof. He loved trail running, road running, treadmill running, new experiences, making eye contact, sleeping on his back, me, kids, and liver treats. He was Zappa's best friend. We miss him dearly.
This is Stella. A rescue from the shelter. She's about 6 months old and a Border Collie. She is a joyous bundle of energy and curiosity and now also Zappa best friend. She will make a nice running partner when she grows up.
This is the now the big brother of my family - a rescued Greyhound. His name is Frank Zappa. I call him Zappa. He's 7 years old and has learned all about life beyond the track and crate from Steely when he was with us. It was very rewarding to watch his personality bloom as he settled into the family. And yes, he runs like the wind!
This is Natasha, my dearest friend. She was with me through college, medical school, residency, and she moved with me from Chicago to Spokane several years ago. She was my best running partner for 10 years. My sweet Natasha died from bone cancer in 2006. I miss her still. I hung a windchimes over the deck outside. When it chimes, I smile and think she has finally -- wherever she is now -- caught a squirrel!