Friends Like These
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So there was a running tweet up last night. Wait WHAT you ask? Twitter? You know that place where you go and write 140 words or less and somehow connect with other folks doing the exact same thing. It’s a big and small community over there. You can spend entire days twittering or you can catch up with your buddies with a big HELLO and how ya doing! Because of twitter and blogging and facebook I have met lots of runner folks. Just like you and just like me.
So last night a group of us met up in Central Park for a run. It was awesome really. I was quickly recognized because of my curls. I like that. Hey Michelle nice to meet you I recognize you from your curly hair!!!
There was a Boston qualifier in the group, there was a cool lady who just a few weeks ago ran the Knickerbocker 60k. That’s 37.2 miles all run in Central Park. Yep she was there. There was Ari over at Run Ansky Run ~ a cool friend who is celebrating a birthday today!! There was a cool guy from Boston who was in NYC on business and wanted to run in Central Park but didn’t want to run alone. So, he did a search on twitter for Central Park runs and found our Tweet up!! How cool is that? A perfect stranger found us on twitter! Scott over at 4.30 or bust ran too. He is a great dude that I met on Daily Mile and he ran with me. We had a good conversation and an equally good run. Admittedly, I was the slowest of the bunch and while it did frustrate me at the time, I now realize I am just as much a runner as the next guy. Just slower is all.
The organizer of the Tweet up is my good buddy Pigtailsflying also known as TK AKA Mama Bear. She had a great idea and ran with it. (Pun intended)
So, needless to say I am loving running right now. The weather has been spectacular and even though I am not nearly as fast as I’d like to be, I will accept that fact and just keep moving forward.
I ran 100 miles for the month of November culminating with a 9 miler this past Sunday that was every bit as hard as any of my half marathon races. I was alone and the only thing keeping me moving was my own mind saying DON’T SLOW DOWN, JUST DO IT, KEEP ON MOVING….RUN LIKE YOU MEAN IT!!! And I did.
Here are the stats:
Running: For November
Total Mileage: 101.16
Total Number of Runs: 34
Time spent running: 19.26.01 hrs
Total Mileage: 47.89
Number of Rides: 4
Time spent riding: 4.38.58
Total distance run for the year so far: 877.28
Total number of runs: 241
Time spent running: 164.11.08
So my immediate goal is to hit 1000 miles, but I really don’t see that happening because that means I need to run 113 miles between now and the end of the year. I will really give it my best shot, but I am wondering if it’s doable and worth it.
I have a lot to look back on and reflect on and I have much more to look forward to. Many races to come. Lot’s of PR’s and speed and more friends to meet. Tweet ups and food and cupcakes and a beer or two will be a part of the end of year festivities.
I wonder how 2010 will start? Well, definitely with a run. Like you had to ask!!
Usually, Michelle, the wiser you are, the easier life gets.
But then, the happier you are, the less you need easy, the faster you can run, and the higher you can jump.
GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS. Henry David Thoreau
Go for happy,