|There is no shortage of reminders of a prosperous past|
|All in all I'm just a runner in the wall|
Wednesday I took a 2 1/2 mile run in Luna sandals around the roads near work. I have to say the sandals felt great. I ran gravel and grass on the sides of the road when possible and they seemed to handle all types of terrain well. I am looking forward to more runs in these "flip flops".
Thursday I ran 5 miles in Oakmont and Verona. I tested out the new Hulton Bridge. It works! I got over the river dry!
Trailrunning Tip of the Day: Always pack some TP!
We made it back to the cars right around 5:15 when we met Lori. This was Lori's second trail run and she had decided to come out into the forest in darkness and hoof it out for an hour or two with us! Brave girl. We ran the red-blue up to the Wisconsin Shelter. We took our time navigating the ankle twisting, rocky sections with care and crossed the road from Wisconsin to the Red trail and followed it back down to the road. Lori parted ways at that point with 6 or 7 trail miles under her belt before the sun had cared to rise. From here Lamar and I took the pipeline climb towards Pigeon Shelter and came back around to meet Lisa just as the sky was starting to show color.
From here we ran a complete loop of Red-Blue to Red along the Marshall Mangler course route. There were plenty of deer and the weather was beautiful for running. The trees were in full color and the trails were covered with the fallen hands of their brethren.
After reaching the cars Lamar and Lisa headed out and I put in 4 more miles at around a 9:30 pace. I was surprised to be able to hold that after such a long run. All said and done this training run was 26.2 miles in 5:45 with over 3400 feet of gain. Afterwards Tara and I met up with friends for an after noon at Phipps Conservatory and for Japanese/Korean at Oishii Bento in Oakland. So. Damn.Good.
Lisa gave me a pack of Ucan generation to try out. I will be picking up a pack or two for the mangler. In 26 miles I had a little under 100 calories of tailwind in my water, one pack of Ucan in water, and a few Honey Stinger chews. With so little I still felt surprisingly strong for the nearly 6 hours out there.
EQT 10 Miler
|Most of the EQT Runderful Crew|
The gun went off and we began the small climb towards the West End Bridge. At mile 1 I was surprised to see we had a 9:30 pace and my legs were loosening up. In the back of my head was the thought that this would be the opportune time for a tempo run if my body was in good enough shape to safely pull it off. Aid Station 1 was a little after mile 2 and our awesome friends Suzanne (AKA Wonder Woman) and Lori were volunteering. Selfies and water and hugs were had. Mid-race hugs should be at every race!
We began picking up the pace dropping into the sub 9's and I felt good still. What the hell!? I asked Lisa what her course PR was. She said around a 8:24 pace. I looked at my garmin and crunched the numbers. I asked her if she wanted to go for a PR and said it was still possible in that we weren't too far off pace wise. We began modestly accelerating and I think it is safe to say neither of us really felt it too bad until maybe the last 2 miles. That said, we were not going to get Lisa a PR on that day and both of us could care less. We ran a much faster race than either had anticipated. Lisa recovering from the Chicago Marathon and me from a long training run.
At the finish volunteers were ushering us to keep moving after the finish line. I did not know until shortly after why. Lisa asked if I saw the guy being treated by medical personnel. I hadn't. She did. They were giving a man CPR. Unfortunately the end of this story is not a happy one.
My sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Michael Kovacic.
If there is a lesson to be learned it is this: Life is short and one never knows how short it may be. Love those around you, care for yourself and others, and seize the day. Don't put off showing your love to the world because in the end that is what we leave behind. The care and love we bring to the world is what is immortal in us and it is the best we have to offer.