Saturday, August 04, 2007

Officially NUTS




I have a crazy race coming up---Howl at the Moon 8 Hour Race!! I've never done anything as nutty as this so now I am at peace with the fact that I've totally lost my mind when it comes to running!!!!



I emailed Coach Lisa, who is recovering from an amazing Badwater Double Relay, and she gave me my strategy. I set my Half marathon runners up with my girlfriend to get them through their training run of 13 miles since I won't be there. I told them why and, of course, they think I'm nuts. That's okay---I give them a few years....we all know what will happen!! ;)

So that's the latest in my life. I've actually just been busy with my own training and keeping in close touch with the people I'm training for the Chicago half Marathon. I'm loving it all!! These runners in training are just great to train. They share their fears and their excitement and it's great to share their journey towards a wonderful goal.

My dilemma---I was asked (begged) to be the 2:30 pace leader again at the Chicago Half Marathon. That would mean I won't be able to run with the people I've been training as they will be with the 2:40 pacer. Though that pacer is the man that paced me through my first marathon, that's our picture from last year, and he is a great and inspiring guy. So, I'm thinking I'll pace again and meet up with my training group at the finish line.

I had a visitor on my run today. BUBBA!! That's him showing his medal after he completed Ice Age 50-miler! As I was at around mile 11, he spotted me in front of my group and joined in!! Most of them were just asking about the distances of triathlons, and here in real life was an Ironman!!! I think Bubba got a kick out of being a little celebrity in the group!! It was great catching up with him...he's doing IM Wisconsin and I'm thinking of being on the sidelines to cheer him and others I know out there towards their finish. That is, as long as the weather is nothing like it was last year!!!!

Life is pretty darn good!!!!

11 comments:

Firefly's Running said...

Wow! I love Howl at the Moon! It's a great bar!

Ryan said...

Happy to hear all is well!
I just goggled Howl at the Moon 8 Hour Run/Walk, looks wonderful! You go Lora...have a blast.

Cheers....

Steve said...

Wow 2:30 That's awesome.
It's incredible the way you guys can hit your target within seconds.

Hey, I think I'd make a good 4 hour pacer for a half marathon.;)

peter said...

Life IS pretty darn good when you're running. Glad to hear you're doing well and leading others. I'm back to running after an injury and as you said, life is pretty darn good.

Deb said...

Glad to hear life is good!!!! Enjoy the training and as you pace, shower those folks wth some of your great Karma!

RunBubbaRun said...

It was great seeing you out there.. Not sure about the celebrity status thou, I belong more in the crazy category..

You looked like you were having lots of fun, they definetly have a great group leader in ya..

Hope you get to come to the IronMan race in Septmeber, its a crazy site to see.

robtherunner said...

With a name like "Howl at the Moon" how can you not be enticed to sign up? Exciting news, Lora! I look forward to reading about it and your pacing duties.

runliarun said...

Oh, yes, what we can get ourselves into by saying this thing or another... I know that firsthand.

Eight hours???

Haight said...

Here's what they didn't tell Lora. After every hour of the race, you need to stop running, then 'shoot the moon' and howl for the next minute.

Hence the race name, "Howl at the Moon". I'll be on the sideline taking pics of this of course.

CollegeGirl said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's always nice to hear encouragement from people. I read through a few entries of your blog and I have to say that's you're very inspiring! I also see that's you're a Cubs fan -Go Cards ;-) Hehe, jk jk!

Haight said...

Lora - please block Collegegirl from your blog. Cardinal fans are not allowed. ;)