Let's start off with the fact that I haven't posted in almost 3 weeks. Wow. In that time I have been swamped with work, design activities sure can be fun. I also got going hot and heavy into basketball season (for those that don't follow, or don't want to go searching, I referee high school basketball during the winter). Plus I have been running off and on throughout the three weeks, though not as much as I would like.
First off, basketball. What a difference a year makes. Last year, it was all I could do to get through 2 games in an afternoon, much less think about running during off days. I was still building up strength and stamina, increasing my mileage wouldn't come until spring, so basketball caused more pain that I thought it would. I had shin splints, sore legs, and was drained after doing just a couple of games a week. This year, completely different. On more than one occasion I have gone out and run 3-5 miles in the morning and then worked 2 basketball games the same night. I am on my feet about 2.5 hours when I work 2 games. If it is possible, I am enjoying the games a lot more this season than last season, probably the experience and working with the more experienced guys have helped. But right now I am loving basketball. The first part of the season winds to a close this week with the schools heading into the Christmas break. I am very much looking forward to the second half of the season.
Last weekend was the Tri-Cities most famous run (I assume, even though we have a bunch of races here), the Cable Bridge Run. I had been meaning to sign up for the race for a while, but with everything else going on I hadn't gotten around to it, until the 10th. Well, had I been thinking ahead, and really with a basketball riddled brain (I had completed my 7 game in three days that day) I would have realized that the race and my 3yo's basketball game were at the same time. But I didn't look for the race time until after I had registered. So I hemmed and hawed as to run the race or watch the kiddo's basketball game. If you have followed me at all you know which way I went, family always comes first. Friday afternoon I picked up my race packet and tech-shirt, even though I had no intentions of running the race. Needless to say, Saturday morning came and went as did the race, with a lesson for next year, make sure to check the time for the race to ensure conflicts don't exist.
This is the poster, but the shirt pretty much looks the same with the bridge and bears.
I have had every intention of reading more blogs the last few weeks = Fail! Or posting more of my own = Fail! I haven't even been commenting that much, just been super busy with everything else going on the last three weeks. hopefully with some time off from work and basketball I can find the time to get a couple of more posts in. I also hope that I can summon the courage (or will power as the case may be) to participate in the Great Cookie Challenge. While I have run on days I have done basketball games, I haven't run many consecutive days recently, unless you count running one day and then doing three days of basketball as running. I plan on giving it the ol' college try anyhow though.
I have just about completed my race and training calendar for next year and will share that in a post later as well as a post looking back over the year.
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you out in Loopland. Remember to have fun!