Saturday, March 27, 2010

21 miler-Expect the unexpected!

So this morning I was totally prepared for my 21 miler, physically and mentally. Had all the right gear, charged Ipod (or so I thought), baby fed, body glided, fueled up and ready to go. I decided to do a 7 mile loop 3 times so that I did not have to worry about carrying water (it was planted along the way) or finding a potty if I needed one. So I headed out and was feeling good, then my Ipod died which was very curious to me since I plugged it in to charge last night and left it there until this morning. Oh well I was getting close to my house and I thought I would just trade for my husband's or my daughter's. So I ran in the door and wouldn't you know it both of their Ipod's were dead also. I was kind of annoyed but decided that it would be a good mental test. I usually don't ever turn my Ipod on in the marathon anyway, but that is because I like to talk to other people when I run. Could I do it all by myself? If I could do it, I could do Boston.
Things were going pretty well, except for my nagging hip but all in all it was going well and then it got better!!!
I was running on the trail at Nike for a little bit of a break from the pavement, I looked up and saw a woman running toward me. Without music I was really taking in all of my surroundings. I looked closer and realized it was Kara Goucher. (If you don't know who she is you are not as big of a running nerd as I am :) she is the top us female marathoner and placed 3rd at Boston last year) Could it be my running idol in person? I was so excited, I got a huge grin on my face and said hi very enthusiastically. I am sure that she thought I was a nerd but I could not contain my excitement. In hind sight I wish that I have turned around and run with her so I could pick her brain about Boston (although she runs marathons an hour faster than me)
Anyway the moral of my story is sometimes in life things don't go according to plan and sometimes they turn out better than expected! Today was that day for me!!!


  1. are you still having problems with your hip? i remember you had an issue with that way back in utah AGES ago! i'm jealous of you running boston. my stupid bum knees are keeping me from that dream even though i qualified and planned on doing it three separate times. first it was babies that got in the way, and now it's the dumb knees. hope you have amazing weather-- so hit or miss in boston in april, you know, so we'll pray for the best!

    kara goucher? wow! although, i don't know that i would have recognized her just from reading about her in runners' world, etc.

  2. i just went on a 21 miler in our hilly neighborhood. Thought of you when I made my way down Springhill. :) Ipod and garmin both stopped working. We should meet up sometime since we are so close. Kara is awesome!! :) She was so real! You should enter to win my signed copy of her book. So glad you found me. Looking forward to hearing more about you!

  3. I just found your blog and am a follower now. I hear you on the whole Ipod thing. I hate going for a long run with no tunes, A short one is okay. And you definitely look like Kara Groucher!