Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thirty Five. (yikes)

Today is the thirty fifth anniversary of my life on Earth.

I haven't yet decided how I feel about the number.

It doesn't sound as cute as twenty five....let's think back to that year for a moment, shall we?

I was 25 when Randy and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary, when we bought our first house and when we rescued our first dog.  I had a fun job teaching second grade, with a great principal (hard to come by in those days, trust me on that).

Life was pretty darn good.

And it got better.

When I was 26, we rescued our second dog.....and third.  Twenty seven, I had Ellie.  The joy in life just exploded and then the explosion doubled at age 29 when I had Aleena.

Every year, life gets sweeter and sweeter.

Age 35 comes with
  • a new job, which will be way more fun than the job 25 year old me had, 
  • a fourth marathon, an idea that 25 year old me would have laughed at,
  • 8th birthday for Ellie, it amazes me that I've kept her alive for so long,
  • 6th birthday for Aleena, I don't even know how that happened, she was just born a few minutes ago
  • eleventh wedding anniversary for Randy and I.  WHAT?!  It seems like yesterday and a hundred years ago all at once.
Not a bad line up for such a scary number.

Time seems to be speeding up, so I better pay attention.

Bring it on, thirty five.  Let's see what you've got.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Random Thoughts: July 10

It's been a long time since I've ridden my bike alone in the predawn hours and it was 2012 the last time I wrote my random thoughts while biking.  So here's a treat, y'all.

Random Thoughts from a Runner on a Bike

It's nice and cool out here.  I wish I was running...
The birds are singing.  They're cheering me on, "Go, Jamie!"
Thank you, Birds.
Yikes.  Those people left their garage door open all night.  They must not have an awesome neighbor like we have to tell them when the door is open.  Poor people.  I wonder if they have any friends at all....
Bunny.  Get out of the road.  You belong on the grass so you don't get run over.
Hey, look!  A cyclist on the main road.  I'm too chicken to ride on the main roads.  I'll stick to neighborhoods.  This is why I'm not a real cyclist.  Just a runner on a bike.
Don't let the sun go down on me, although I search myself, there's always someone else I see...
Seriously?  Elton John this morning?
I think my butt has gotten bonier...I need shorts with thicker padding...and while I'm at it, gloves with thicker padding.  Let's make everything nice and cushy.
Freaking kamikaze bunny!  He ran right out in front of me!  Get out of the damn road!  What is with these bunnies today?
Pew.  That car in front of me....the one without the muffler....someone in it is smoking.  Stinks.  Don't they know that's bad for them?  And it stinks?  Pew.
Stop judging, Jamie.
Hey.  Paper Guy.  You stay on your side of the road and I'll stay on mine.  Deal?
Another open garage door.  It's an epidemic.
I'd just allow a fragment of your life to wander freeeeeeee..
Shouldn't I have a more "hip" song in my head?  I'm old.
Dark animal in the road.  Crap is it a skunk?
Cat.
We're good.
Something is clicking every time I press the left pedal down.  Irritating.  Randy needs to fix that.
Two bunnies.  Conversing.  IN THE ROAD.  How 'bout you bunnies take your little powwow to the grass?  Where is your mother?
5:40am...I suppose I should go home.  Besides...my butt hurts.

Have a great day, y'all!

10.04mi
4:59am
Avg speed: 13.6mph

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

More Fun


I've mentioned that the theme of 2014 is FUN (and badassery).

When I wrote those words on January first, I had no idea how true they'd be.

I'm having so much FUN this year.

My predawn runs are growing and even forming satellite groups in different areas of Columbus.  It's rare, so rare, that I ever run alone.

National Running Day in early June
5at5ers a couple of weeks ago
5at5ers earlier this week
All of the racing events I've done have been a blast.

The ORRRC Half Marathon was amazing.  I chucked all time and pace goals and just ran.  Sure, it was hard, but the lack of pressure was awesome.  I had no idea what my finish time would be.  I didn't even know what pace I was running!  Seeing my finish time was...I don't even have a word for it.  Only a smile.

Marcie and I at the finish.
Then there was the Ragnar Trail Relay in West Virginia.  I touched the damn nature, fell in the mud and camped in the rain.  So.  Much.  Fun.  I mentioned in the second part of my recap that I'm now a relay girl and there will be more in my future.

Finishing my third leg after playing in the mud for 6.8 miles.
Guess what?

I've added the Ohio Market to Market Relay to my 2014 race calendar!

I've had a few runner friends ask me about doing this relay earlier this year, but three of my 4 events this year will take me out of town for a whole weekend.  I'm not pushing my luck and adding another so I declined and didn't mention it to Randy.

Fast-forward to last Sunday evening.  I received a tweet from a RagnarTN teammate asking about participating in the Market to Market Relay.  Randy inquired what I was tweeting about so I gave him the run-down.

"That sounds fun and it's only one day.  You should do it."

Wait.  What?

See why I think he's so awesome?  He totally *gets* my crazy.

On September 6, I will join the Princesses and the Peas and run from Cincinnati to Dayton, Ohio.


I'm super excited to run another relay.  I'm not completely sure if this one is roads or trail...I think it might be both.  The course map isn't really clear, so for sure, it will be an adventure.

Let the fun of 2014 continue...

Have you ever run a Market to Market Relay? 
Care to shed any light on the terrain?