Races: Virtual Skirt Sports 13er. I didn't end up writing a recap (mainly because there wasn't a whole lot to recap from a training run/virtual race), but I enjoyed the concept of this race, that 13.1 miles isn't half of anything. It reminded me of how Joan (yes, we are on a first name basis) would correct people that say they are 'just' running the half. Be proud of the distance you are running. I enjoyed the packet I received (Powerbar, Skratch Labs sample, and cookie) and love the soft, jersey skirt they had instead of a race shirt. I do like the energy of being at a race over being apart of a virtual, but a virtual is a great way to make training miles count for a little more.
Instead of race shirts, we received race skirts. A very cool change. Monster with the photobomb again.
Highpoint of the month: Moving, or I guess being done with moving. I've really enjoyed settling into our new spot. Oh, and I had a lot of fun experimenting with yoga this month.
Not so highpoint of the month: Moving. Try as I might, it didn't get in the miles I hoped. Still, not the worst issue ever to have. Loving the new neighborhood and enjoying exploring on foot!
New item of the month: My first virtual race, the Skirt Sports 13er.
What I am looking forward to in July: July has unofficially been titled "The Month of Racing". After very little racing this spring, I'm making up for it in a big way in July. Without meaning to, I've set up for back to back racing days, weekends, and a relay. I was even smart enough to double up the relay with a visit to the homeland. Now just to survive it all. Oh, and I get to meet my enormously large nephew this month. Rumor has it at his 2 month check up they had to extend the axis on the growth chart because he is already the size of a healthy 5month old (15lbs and 26 inches). I've specifically been doing extra upper body weights just for him.
Other odds and ends:
- Applications are open for the 26.2 with DONNA Ambassador Team. You can bet I will be applying and hope that many of you will too! It's a great event for an amazing cause, and how awesome is the new slogan for this year's race?!
- Susie from the Suzlyfe had a post this month about little things that make us happy/smile (ex having exact change, a good meal, etc). A day or two after reading and commenting on it, I remembered a recent item that makes me smile. Every time I let the monster into the backyard, I make her sit and wait before she gets the ok, but instead of saying 'ok', I've taken to yelling 'release the hound' and then giggling as I watch her spastically frolic out into the yard. It is the little things. And yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.
- A fun piece in the Atlanta Journal Constitution this month featuring fellow Yeti trail runner, Ben Grey and the Great Southern Endurance Run. I love the concept of this race though I'm not sure it's ever going to be on my to-do list. 100 miles on pavement is serious.