I have been planning to run the Flagstaff marathon for a few months (actually sine I ran it last year) so when I went to register last Wednesday imagine me disappointment when I saw that the race sold out on Monday afternoon. I know that it is my fault and thats what I get for procrastinating, but I often wait like many others in the event an injury or other factor comes up that prevents me from being able to run the race. On the other hand registering early (like Soulstice) places a concrete date on the calendar for me to plan for and train through the minor injuries and setbacks instead of letting them get the best of me and stopping my progress and training. I tried to see if there was any chance of getting a transfer into the race but there were no takers on the Flagstaff Marathon Facebook page. I am still going to be in Flagstaff for a soccer tournament so I will still get a 13.1 mile run in probably along the FUTS (FUTS click for map) or maybe go out and run the Waterline trail out in the mountains. There is also the pending storms that are to move into northern Arizona later this week, so maybe not paying to run will pay off if the race is a mudfest.
My daughter has started her Cross Country career as a Freshman at Greenway High school. In her first meet held in Prescott she held with the lead pack for 2 1/2 of the 3+ miles before blowing up and finishing 23rd out of 90+ runners. Last week at the Washington High meet (held at Moon Valley) she was the overall winner beating second place by almost a minute. In full disclosure the top 2 runners for Greenway did not run but still. Oh, and their coach had them run from Greenway to Moon Valley before and after the race, 2 1/2 more miles. I am getting jealous of the success my daughter is having as I am nowhere near fast and will never win a race anywhere, so when she tells us that she doesn’t like running and just wants to focus on soccer I don’t know how to handle it. She has so much potential for running but if she has no passion…
Well, anyway as always here are my favorite pictures from the past few weeks.
My daughter on her second lap
Been there. #slowrunner
Getting coached on her way to the win.
Robin Williams, wow. Money, fame, everything you could ever want and quite often that isn’t what is really needed.
and of most people that means that the running starts to ramp up for fall races. I am one of those people. With 3 races on my radar in the next few months and a few others that I may add at any time this is prime running season. I am also trying to wrap my mind around the reality that I am going to have a high school child in a week. Where does the time go. I ask the same question when a race arrives that I haven’t given it my all in training for, this leads me to thinking of joining a training group for some accountability. However I don’t know of any ultra training groups around here, so the next step would be a personal coach. I know that there are several good/really, really good coaches online so I might go that route. Some of them are pretty pricey, but what prices does one place on good coaching and accountability when it isn’t inherent? It looks like another 100+ degree day with higher humidity, lets let it rip on the trails.
I have been in Hawai’i for 4 days now (Kona area) I have 5 left. I am super bummed to know that half of my vacation here is almost done. Not complaining though as I have been to some amazing places and seen some incredible sights so far. Not to mention the running. Every morning so far I have run through the resort along the walkway adjacent to the ocean and on the second day I ran down to the Queen K highway when it was 87 degrees and 90% humidity. I now know for sure that I don’t do well with humidity. Having the lava on one side of the road made me see how the Ironman athletes feel during their run segment, which is right down the road from here. Tomorrow I am heading down to do the entire horseshoe road from one side of the highway to the other, about 11 miles. Hopefully I feel well, I will take water and some nutrition. But for now…
I an here in my second hometown of Sedona, Arizona with my family for one of our yearly trips where we enjoy getting out of the heat and city for a few days. Didn’t stay a week this time but when we leave tomorrow it will be 4 days which has even nice. I had plans to get a lot of running done while here but it didn’t quite work out as planned due to the Slide Fire. The morning gave been so smoke filled that it is hard to breathe normally let alone while trying to run the hills up here. Plus all of my favorite trails are closed by the US Forest service as a fire precaution. The smoke dissipates in the afternoons and that is when I have been running instead of the mornings. I had plans to run doubles on Saturday and Sunday but I only got a single yesterday and got nothing in today as I spent most of the afternoon with my kids and wife. I did take a swim in the ice cold Oak Creek after running yesterday and that was great. I am going to pray that the smoke umbrella lifts tonight and I can run tomorrow morning before we leave but I am not holding my breath. Fire fighters said that at night the colder air comes down the canyon from Flagstaff and it sits on top of the warmer Sedona air trapping the smoke underneath.
Tried to go eat at our favorite restaurant, The Hideaway, only to find out it is no longer there as the building owner kicked them out to start his own restaurant. What a dick. They had been there since 1978.
We went to Jerome yesterday for a few hours. That is a tripped out town. Tried to go yo the Puscifer store but both times we went up there we found a note in the door saying they were at lunch. Oh well. I also discovered while up there that the Northern Arizona wines are the favorite drink of Arizona hipsters. I couldn’t believe the angst and cooler-that-you attitudes I could feel through the windows as we walked by. I used to think that I could be a wine drinker but not if I have to act and feel like them. Actually I am becoming less and less of a beer drinker. Don’t like the way I feel after having just a few beers. Yep, I am getting older. 10 days from now I will be in Hawaii for 9 days. I am looking forward to that but nervous about finding places near the resort in Kona to get in 10-15 mile runs. Yeah I know, go run the Ironman route. Maybe. As I sit here on the patio I see the long shadows drifting in across the canyon and it’s tree canopy. Guess that means it is getting close to time for the nightly trip to the pool/hot tub/game room. J always miss leaving here, I think the countless memories if spending so much time here with my grandparents at their house gets to me. Turning on KAZM radio for Wolfman Jack and a quiet enjoyable night. Thanks for reading.