A quick post before I leave work and head south! Woohoo! Moab is one of my favorite places in Utah. Two National Parks and amazing red rock scenery. You should all go visit – especially because this is the weather forecast for this weekend.
And if you decide to leave right now, you can join me for my first ultra marathon experience. Wait – Aren’t you injured and can’t run at all let alone 55 KM? Yes – blog reader! My husband is running his first ever ultra marathon race and I’ll be doing some volunteer work at the start. To be honest, I think I’m more excited about it than him. Probably because I’ll get to experience the excitement at the start and finish without having to worry about staying on my feet for 6+ hours.
I’m hoping to get a gap before he finishes to do a little hiking while he runs. The finish is near one of my favorite (and free – no national park entry fee) hikes – Corona Arch. It’s pretty mellow, 3 miles out-and-back and I’ve hiked it before so I know I won’t get lost (I am directionally-challenged).
Then we’ll hang out in a hot tub and get ready for the post-race party where we’ll see Rob Krar who was voted ultra runner of the year for 2015. And who is an amazing advocate for mental health -> check out his short movie about coping with depression (and admire his awesome running form).
In other news, Runnersworld is reading my mind! First my brand new shoes are this month’s Editor’s choice. And they have a whole article about strengthening hips. Apparently, weak hips can lead to all sorts of problems *COUGH*calf strain*COUGH*.
And finally, I’m feeling great! I haven’t run in 12 days (except when I almost missed my bus on Monday morning – oops!). And I’ve taken it a little easier this week – including two days of complete rest. It’s a little funny when you finally start to feel normal – no pain doing anything! And then I realized how crappy I’ve been feeling for the last month or so. Feeling some kind of pain everyday becomes your new normal and it feels so good to be healthy again. So I’m going to spread the love to all those runners starting out on their 33/55 KM journey on Saturday and will enjoy the sunshine for all of you northeasterners!
Have a great weekend!