Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thank you, running, and biking, too!

Both Track Coach and I would like to say a huge thanks for all the love and support we received after posting about Peyton. It was a hard decision to make, but I am so glad that I did. Now, I feel like this tight rope that has been wrapped around me is gone. I feel liberated yet newly connected at the same time.  Know, that it is great for us to feel like we have support from friends old and new, and being able to share this with you has only brought us closer. I probably will be calling on those of you in similar situations or with experience, so I hope you meant what you said! This is just one more bond that can tie us all together in addition to your passion, my dread growing passion of running, biking, etc.

Ok, now taking a step away from the real, lets get to the hard core, gut wrenching, sweat inducing training that has been taking place in my house. Poor Track Coach is still grounded from running, so its to the biking corner for him. This morning he biked to Napavine and back which is about 15 miles with a 18mph pace. We are working on getting a trip to Portland together so we can get him and I new shoes, hopefully next week (you paying attention to this Stacie!)  Last night we did a great family bike ride. Every night I look forward to biking, and I wish I could do it instead of running :( So after loading the boys up, we took off with no distance or goal in mind and decided to just explore! It ended up being almost 11 miles with half on a back road and half through the city. We kept a 13mph pace including stoplights, not bad for my second real ride.  Definitely need to still improve before my tri, but I'll get there.

Tonight, I knew I needed to run, so I DRAGGED my neighbor and sister Erica out with me for a long (for us) 3 mile run. Since she did not want to go, and I had not run in over a week, I was fine running at her pace. But it really paid off for her. She ran awesome! Although it was tough, she ran further and longer then she ever has. I love that now I am able to help others push and reach their goals. It makes you feel all warm and tingly inside when you see the pride oozing out of someones eyes when they have done so much more than they thought they could. By the end we had gone 3.12 miles in who knows how much time because I forgot the watch (yay, smart me) but we were both feeling great.

So now I am off to start packing, again, because I am going out of town, again! This time we are headed to Tum Tum (not as in the 3 Ninjas). It is a small lakeside town 30 minutes outside of Spokane on Long Lake. It should be some great training time for Coach and I because we both need to swim, BAD! I always love going out there and staying at my grandparents lakeside home. We get to visit family, swim, and eat at some superb restaurants! Don't worry, I don't want you to all have with drawls so we will be keeping in touch as much as possible!


Zaneta said...

I love it when I (or anyone) has good runs! What a confidence and ego booster!! :D Have fun on your trip! I hope you get some good swimming in! :D

Megan said...

I love that feeling of helping someone reach their potential - it really is priceless. Way to motivate!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I'm glad you had a good bike ride and a good run with your friend! That's awesome that you are helping her!
Have a good trip! That sounds like an awesome place!