I apologize for stepping away from this place. I had no idea that it had been two weeks since I last posted! Crazy how much time flies. With Hospital Hill coming up, and some recurring nagging injuries resurfacing, it has been a tale of two weeks, that is for sure.
When I last left you, I was coming off of a big week, with a 10 mile run capping it off. I followed that up with another speed/track workout with the Sunflower Striders, but then I hit a major wall. It was already set up to be a light week, but I pretty much lost all desire to run at all in the middle of that week. The switching of my shifts, the crazy sleep schedule, and just fatigue all sort of hit me at once, and I was frustrated. Couple that with the fact that my shoulder stiffness had returned, and my lower back was tightening up, and I just felt I needed a break. Considering we were inside of a month until Hospital Hill, I could not have picked a worse time to start taking it easy. I've got all summer to recover from any ailments, so I was just going to have to pick myself up off the mat and get back to work.
After I got done pouting, I decided to finish strong in my training for this race, because I figured that I had come this far already, I might as well go out with a bang. Luckily, running at Lake Shawnee and the Shunga Trail is a breeze with the water fountains turned on, so I've been able to get back into the swing of things without missing a beat. I came close to 30 miles last week, and might pass that this week leading up to one final taper before tackling the Hill. If I were to somehow hit my goal of 1:50:00 in this race, I might just get drunk in the parking lot immediately after I run. It is going to be difficult.
Coming down the pipe on this blog will be a couple of interviews, and another guest essay. I've started contributing to another blog, www.sportingego.com, so that has taken up part of my time. Also, if you noticed the link on the front page, I am helping to spread the word about the North Face Endurance Challenge, a race series in KC in August. I'm hoping to have interviews to spread the word about both of these things, as well as a race recap and final race week thoughts soon. Sorry again for the lag, and thank you so very much for reading. Until next time...later.