|Why does this often happen on a long run?|
This puzzle hangs in my guest bathroom and always makes me smile. I have fond memories of running with the Woodlands Fit crew out of Luke's Locker on Saturday mornings for marathon training and inevitably, everytime we were heading out, I would smell the scent of warm donuts wafting out of the nearby HEB. Not cool to smell baked goods when you're going out for a 2+ hour run!!
Anyway, it brought to mind a few other things that I consistently find tempting out there in the running world:
5. Destination races: Because hey, why spend less cash to thrash your legs over 26.2 miles locally when you can spend MORE on a plane ticket, hotel, food, and transportation to thrash your legs elsewhere (albeit hopefully a beautiful location)??? YES!!!
|In all seriousness, our Lake Tahoe trip to run 26.2 was worth the $$$!|
|London Marathon...on the bucket list!!!|
4. Brightly colored running shoes: Arguably more a necessity for early bird runners like me in a bid to stay visible and, more importantly, alive in the presence of crazy drivers. Nonetheless, I confess to having many, many pairs of them (not all shown)! It's the marathon distance, I swear. Need. More. Shoes.
|Just a sample. So pretty. Much love for the A5 and Kinvara.|
3. Triathlon: I can hear my running buddy Brian reminding me, "Kate, you're a RUNNER" as I type this. And I am deep down a runner at heart, but I sure do like the challenge of triathlon too!! Just not the cost of it. I do, however, challenge anyone not to be totally inspired by the athletes in an Ironman. Someday...
|Early season bike training|
2. Shipley Donuts: Not Krispy Kreme. Not Duncan. I'll take a Shipley's glazed cake donut, heated about 10 seconds in the microwave. Yummmmm. Or donut holes.
|I have a nose for donuts on the long run...can smell them a mile away!|
1. Speed: Probably something most runners are tempted by at some point, if not daily! I just know the nice person minding his/her own business on the treadmill next to me wants to race. Fast running is necessary to run fast, but I have to remember to use it sparingly and at the appropriate times (like not an easy recovery run at the Y....ahem.)