stephen | November 30, 2003 (10:26 PM)

Turkey Trot (10K run)

turkey trot

Running down Woodward Ave., in a pack of thousands, through a cheering thanksgiving day parade crowd was surreal. The experience pushed me to run beyond my training. There was always someone ahead of me to aspire to. Someone to pass to encourage me. Someone passing me to prevent me from slowing down. Strangers cheering for me to keep my spirits up. The view of the city passing me by in real time, in full color, in surround sound, in 360 degrees, and in smell-o-vision. It's all on the verge of hiding the pain that my nervous system was constantly alerting me to.

Now I'm going to start training to run a marathon next fall. The two major hurdles are staying interested in running at a higher volume and strengthening my IT band that likes to give up after 4 miles. Although these problems may undermine my goal, completing a marathon would mean a lot to me and I think my odds of following through are pretty high.

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Date Events Location
2/10 swim meet Brighton
2/17 swim meet Grand Haven
3/2 swim meet West Bloomfield
3/16 swim meet Milford
3/30 YMCA Indoor Tri Ann Arbor
4/5 10k Martian Meteor
4/18 - 4/20 1650 free,
1000 free,
500 free,
200 free,
100 free,
200 IM,
100 IM
State meet @ EMU
5/4 10k Burns Park Run
6/1 Half Mary Dexter/A2
6/8 Sprint A2 Tri
7/13 Sprint Waterloo
8/2 Half IM Steelhead