San Diego Rocks!
I have great news!
The San Diego Rock 'n' Roll is offering the
Half Marathon option!!
I am registered to run it!
That's right, before it has even been "officially" announced, the Competitor Group showed up at our first running group meeting and gave us all the chance to sign up. They were even offering a free T-shirt for signing up. I love free T-shirts. How could I resist? After all, I've been hoping for the Half option ever since I crossed the Full marathon finish line last May.
Now on to other things...
Pigeon Pose Guy, Part II
In my last post, I mentioned the trainer at my new gym who said he likes my Pigeon Pose. It gets even better... I ran into him again at the gym on Friday and he noticed my Chi Running book. Mr. Pigeon Pose gave me a double "thumbs up" and performed the happy dance when he saw my book. He's a very animated person, I'm discovering.
We started talking about Chi Running and I mentioned the injuries I have had to deal with since I started running a year ago. Mr. PP showed me some strengthening exercises to do in order to prevent a recurrence of the injuries. He also suggested I try running barefoot. That's right, barefoot! I was so excited because most people look at me like I'm crazy when I mention that I'm going to give barefoot running a try.
I told PP my intentions of running barefoot and mentioned my recent Vibram Five Fingers purchase. Assuming he would be right on board with those, too, I was a little taken aback when he said in a more subdued tone, "Oh. I've never tried those."
He then proceeded to explain why... apparently, Mr. Pigeon Pose has nine toes!
**I have to stop for a moment and tell you all how proud I am of myself that I didn't say something stupid. Like what I was thinking... Which was: "They ought to make Vibram Five/Four Fingers."**
Instead, I said, "Oh. Yeah, that would be sort of hard."
He laughed and said they ought to sponsor him, that way they could make a pair of custom Vibram shoes for him. I agree!
Vibram Inc., do you hear that? I'm sure you read my blog faithfully, so I am making a request on behalf of my trainer friend, Mr. Pigeon Pose. Please, please sponsor him and make a pair with just nine toes!
* It may seem as if I have a crush on Mr. PP... I don't. Really! I'm just so happy to find a gym where the trainers actually train you. And even better, having trainers who understand runners!! The trainers there are attentive to all their members. How cool is that?!
West Coast Road Runners
Today was orientation day for my running group. I could not believe how many people were there to sign up to train! There were way more people than last year. I don't think the WCRR organizers were expecting such a large crowd... they ran out of goodie-bags!
I am still taking time off of running so I didn't do the 3-mile pace run with the group. I don't need to run to know my pace. I know my pace is SLOW. I plan to continue with my cross-training for the next week and hopefully be ready to run with the group next Saturday.
A Year? Already?!
I realized this morning that it has been almost a year since I started this blog. It has been a little more than a year since I decided that I would like to go from being a non-runner to a marathon runner. I have learned so much during this one year! I have "met" so many awesome running bloggers during this time!
I will blog more about what I've learned- and what you all have taught me- sometime in the next few days. I'm also working on celebrating my Blog Birthday by hosting my very first real* giveaway! I'm hoping to offer you a chance to win one of my favorite finds since I started this running journey. Details coming soon!
*I'll consider this my first giveaway since there were no takers for my used, single Feetures Sock. Poor, poor unwanted sock.