Apparently I only write coffee posts when I’m in Michigan. I guess my body is hard wired to wake up early, but the college kid has no interest in an early wakeup call. I’d run, but it’s raining and I did not bring the right running clothes, so here I sit. I’m joining Deb and Coco for another coffee kick off. I’m actually hoping to join one or both for in person coffee soon now that outdoor weather is returning to the area.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I had the most AMAZING experience volunteering at the Boston Marathon. I’ve known for a long time that I will never qualify to run, so I set my sights on getting a chance to volunteer. It was everything I hoped for and more, from running into Brian Beckstead (one of the Altra founders) at the expo, to having an elite take a gel from my hand (swoon), to seeing so many friends on the course, to getting a chance to be near the finish line for a while. All of it was amazing. I hope to go again, but even if I don’t, it was definitely a bucket list check off!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I raced a half marathon last weekend. I have discovered there’s a big difference between racing a half and running a half – it took me DAYS to walk normally again. It was a confidence builder though – I held my 10k pace for 9.5 miles! (Then I completely blew up and the last 3 sucked, but I was thrilled to see how long I could hold that pace.) Half marathon #86 done!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I raced in a new pair of the Altra Vanish Carbon shoes. O.M.G. They were amazing! Cushy, but lightweight and responsive. Maybe that’s why I was faster… (As a member of the Altra Red Team, I often get perks like discounted shoes, but I bought these full price at the Boston Marathon because I couldn’t resist.)
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m in Michigan because I’m moving the kid from school to an internship for the summer. Jones will be working on an island all summer caring for bugs. I’m pretty sure that’s every entomologists dream job.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m loving my job with Pacers Running. Most of my work is online (I handle all of their registrations and I manage some of our client races), but last weekend the PNC Parkway race returned as a normal point to point for the first time since 2020. Not only did I get to spend my weekend working, but Shoo got to work as well and Beer Geek ran the 10 miler. Hard to believe that when I started this blog, Shoo was just a little guy and Beer Geek wasn’t a runner…
PIcture of the elusive teen… (PC: SwimBikeRun Photo)