Monday, April 7, 2014

It’s been a while

I hate writing one of those “it’s been a while” blog posts, but it’s been a while.  The last I posted was about completing the Houston Marathon. I learned that I actually pushed through that race with a strained MCL. Not as bad as the doctor originally thought, but it still laid me off for 5 weeks from running. Those 5 weeks seemed like torture.  Ursula couldn’t wait for me to stop complaining and get back out on the road or trails.

Getting back into running has been a challenge. I’ve felt sluggish and so out of shape. I trained for about 4 weeks getting back some base mileage to be able to run the Grasslands Trail Half Marathon.

Grasslands Trail Half Marathon

0087-cropped I felt so darn sluggish during that race. It had a lot more elevation challenges than I remembered from the previous year. I don’t think I remembered them from last year because there was more walking through the slip-sliding mud that was happening.

During the race, I kept pushing myself beyond what I was truly comfortable with.  I walked a few of the steeper inclines… always a nice place to walk if you’re going to walk. About 4-6 people would pass me during that point. I’d get back to running and in turn I’d pass them again. After doing this a few times, I decided it’d be best if I just caught the pace of one of the guys that I kept passing. I needed to run comfortably and enjoy the race. I kept pace with a guy named Geoff. We hit it off with some great conversation. Our kids are about the same age and we shared about our professional lives. I really enjoyed our conversations as it truly kept my mind elsewhere.

Trail Biking

20140324_192756 The other thing that I’ve been getting into is MTB or trail biking.  I’m not sure if I can use the term Mountain Bike Riding here in flat Texas. 

I’m riding on the same trails that I used to run on.  Well, I’m still running them at times, but it’s definitely more fun riding them.  It’s also a bit scarier when riding them.  The falls or crashes seem to hurt more when riding. I had my first big spill last month, but have bounced back onto the trails.  I seem to be getting the hang of it.

20140314_093423 For my birthday, I rented Cairo a bike and he joined me.  That was an awesome birthday!  I really do enjoy getting out there and enjoying the trails.  I think he liked riding the trails better than running them.  However, he wasn’t up for me purchasing him a bike.

When it comes to birthday gifts, I’ll always take experiences over gifts.  I’ll never forget this ride with Cairo!  Thanks, Cairo!

Here’s a video of me getting to see George W. Bush zooming by with his Secret Service dudes behind him.  Excuse the language in the video.  You can barely see G.W., but you get the point. :)

I’ve got some blog posts rolling around in my head.  I felt like I needed to get this one posted before getting new ones out there.

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