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Monday, February 14, 2011

February a good time to head to the beach

This past Saturday I ran the Cape Cod frozen fatass again.  I loved it sooo much the first time when I ran it in subfreezing temperatures with sleet and snow and arctic winds whipping the beach sand up and into my face like tiny little daggers....yep...I had to go back for more!  I was sick as a dog Thursday afternoon and by Friday mid afternoon I was in the midst of an emotional and physical breakdown of epic proportions and yet...that annoying little part of myself that refuses to give in managed to hold it all together and join the other Tuggers at Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable on a cold but bright Saturday morning at 7 a.m. to run close to 33 miles....on sand.

This year I was pleased to say despite what is going on in my life I ran a great race on very little training mileage.  In fact since December 25th I have probably run a total of 50 miles....26 of them at the G.A.C. fatass and the rest 3-5 mile spurts on the treadmill at the gym.

Seeing old friends and meeting new friends at the race was also a real high point.  I loved running with Kev, Bill and Steve..and seeing Mark, Jeff, Dima, Karen and so many other familiar faces (Dima kicked tush and got 2nd place and Mark for his first ultra smoked a bunch of us old pros) as well as making two new friends: first Danielle who I introduced to my water bottle system (I gave her one of my many bottles to spreading the gospel of gear to anyone who will listen fact Salomon should sponsor me as I introduced their trail runners to T who through his athletic endeavors as the winner of the 2010 Farm Challenge got all his friends to buy them in the hope of repeating his success next year!) and Szusanna who came in first for women and is such an amazing runner and generous soul (she gave me her last two bites of chocolate brownie and therefor made her my new nonsexual girl crush). I also loved two excellent nights out on the town..the first amazing food with an old friend who I am glad has come back into my life and then dinner and live music after the race.

What I know for sure is that I am LOVING running again.  Taking the break I did over the summer and into the fall was needed and now I feel 2011 will be a great year in terms of racing.