Athletics Magazine

My Next Marathon

By Brisdon @shutuprun

I took about five days off from running after the TransRockies, but then I couldn't keep myself away.
My Next Marathon
I mean, seriously, could you?
One interesting fact about my body and this race (aside from lots of farting - I know you've heard of the alti-toots - where one farts much more at higher altitudes - it's a real thing and very entertaining)...I was not sore afterwards, nor was I especially fatigued. I swear, the body is amazing the way that it adapts. I felt like hell on day #3 and heaven (or close to it - that might be a slight exaggeration) on day #6.
So...I figured I'd ride the wave and get in one last race before the weather shifts to the deep freeze that can be November/December around here.
I will say, though, that now that I have a reason to visit Arizona (son at ASU) I've got all kinds of excuses to go down there in the winter for races. Did you know my first race ever was the Rock 'n Roll Marathon in Phoenix in 2009? True story. This was my rookie race where I had no watch and pinned my gels all over my body because I didn't know about pockets or things like that. #runningnerd.

My Next Marathon

Omg these kids are basically embryos. Now they're (almost) 19 and 15.

What's next, you might ask (or you might not ask because maybe you really don't care).
The Blue Sky Marathon in Ft. Collins, CO. This is a trail marathon and it's 26.2 miles in case you don't know how far a marathon is. Many people don't! Have you ever gotten the question: "How far was that marathon you did?" Or my favorite, "I ran a 5 mile marathon!" Huh?
My Next Marathon

Anyway - it's on October 2nd. About 3,500 feet of climbing. I've settled back into moderate training, nothing crazy. Last week:
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: rest
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: 14 miles (trails, 2,000 feet of climbing)
Sunday: 5 miles
Grand total: 36 miles.
You may notice I have no cross training or strength in there. I am a horrible, no good runner. Do not use me as your role model. I'll probably do this until I get injured again then I'll start behaving once more.
In other exciting news from the week.
  • I saw Bad Moms. I think too many people told me how good it was that my expectations were outrageous and I didn't end of thinking it was all that.
  • I am reading Being Mortal. If you have aging parents or just want to know about the aging process, options for us as we age, etc, read it. It's not the most uplifting book but DAMN I am learning so much. And guess what? We are all going to die, so deal with it.
  • I haven't pooped in 3 days. 
  • The thing I worry the most about with Sam away at college is that he will fall out of his 8 foot in the air loft bed. I asked if I could send him a railing and he said no.
  • I made the best quinoa/tomato/edamame/red pepper salad this week.
  • At TransRockies I won a pair of Salomon trail shoes and they just got here. I cannot stop wearing them around the house because they are so gorgeous.

My Next Marathon

These are the Speed Cross 3.

My Next Marathon

Shoe Porn

Tell me one thing about your week?

Last movie you saw?
Favorite brand of shoes? I still like my Brooks, but I noticed my Pure Grits didn't hold up that well on the trail.
Best meal you made lately?

Best book you read lately?

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