I enjoyed a mellow weekend of running without going out and doing some insane trail run or distance event. Michelle and I ran 5.2 miles around Lake Padden in Bellingham Washington on Saturday and I joined Rob "Rattler" Hester for an easy 15 this morning in and around Orting Washington.
Earlier this week I was tagged by Bad Ben. I'm not much for rules when it comes to tags so I'll answer the questions but I'll spare you from a tag.
1- How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
Routinely running 3 miles in the morning 5 days a week. All my runs were on the road and alone. I was running 5K's and 10K's and actually placed in the top three overall once when all the fast guys slept in one day.
2-What is your best and worst run/race experience?
My best experience was crossing the finish line of Cascade Crest 100 miler. My worst was my DNF at Western States 100 at the top of Devils Thumb.
3- Why do you run?
Chicks dig it.
4- What is the best or worst piece of advice you've been given about running?
The best: Recovery is over rated. The worst: 1978 - Orthopedic surgeon suggested that I should never run on the knee he rebuilt for me after a wrestling injury in college. I held off 13 years then started running again sans my left ACL.
5- Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
My steely nerves have allowed me to compress a 30 second free fall while skydiving into about 8 seconds. I suppose I have the ability to count really really fast! It goes like... 1-2-3-skip a few-60. Doing so gives you a lot more time under a canopy. I quit that silly sport after 10 jumps. Couldn't control my survival instinct to pull the chute.
NOTE: My 34 Summits attempt has fizzled so I'll just be running another 12 summits next weekend.