Creative title, huh? It has been a while since I posted! I had hoped to do a nice long buildup of mileage over the summer, but unfortunately circumstances got in the way. I have been running, but not nearly as much as I originally planned.
However the cross country season is in full swing! After starting out hot hot hot, we are in a stretch of rainy weather, which means mud! Lots of mud. This is a pic from one of my son’s meets:
And it has only gotten worse since that race. Poor youngest DD ran in mud this past weekend also, and we are in for more rain today. Lots of rain means slow times. And rainy practices. Our girls team has had rain for almost every Monday practice – Monday is our hard day, and we have run on the track rather than our grassy (and slippery) practice field more often than not.
Practicing with the team has been awesome – even though my mileage isn’t up, and I’m certainly no where near the front of the pack, it is fun to run fast again. 5k training is where it is at for this fall! Now I need to find a race…
I’m leaving you with a couple of links that have been inspiring me the last few weeks. I need all the inspiration I can get right now. The first is Anthony Famiglietti’s blog – he has been going through a rough time of his own, and I love his last paragraph of this blog entry:
“Many of you will never know the extent to my struggle this year. I may never know yours either, but know this, we will all face seemingly endless storms in our life. Everything we have worked for and all we use to define ourselves may get swept away with incredible swiftness. Life may start to drown you. Your head may barely pop above the wake to keep going. You might get left bare and fully drained, but that is the time to fight the hardest. For when the storm finally clears, you be left with all that matters and all that counts. That is when you’ll feel most alive and that is when you will achieve the highest victory.
Man it feels good to run fast again.”
– from Runfam.com.
Here is another blog – from Kristin Armstrong, who writes her blog on runnersworld.com:
I am thinking of starting off my day with a short morning run… I just need to get to bed earlier at night!
And finally, and hopefully some of my xc girls will see this – this tumblr blog has a mix of old Nike running ads and new inspirational photos:
Enjoy! I promise to be back soon!