Week 6, Week <mumble, cough>, and Week 7. Plus some ephemera.

Another entry in my ongoing journey through Coach Eric's Cool Impossible Foundation Program. Weeks 6 and 7 were a little challenging given that my family summer vacation fell in the middle of it. I managed to complete week 6, but week 7 got a little derailed so I just started it over when I got back. I did manage a little bit of cross training pushing my kids in the triple stroller around Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and Legoland over an 8 day period. For some reason the stroller was much lighter when I bought it 3 years ago.

 

I also was able to get in a nice beach run, an odd and refreshing experience for someone from the desert.

Of course when I got back, things couldn't be easy could they? I've faced smoke and ash from the giant forest fire in week 1, followed by the brutal Las Vegas summer heat, and now, of course, a flash flood that washed several inches of slick mud all over our neighborhood. Who knew I'd need to bust out my trail shoes just to go down the street?

Anyways, those two weeks are in the bag. It's been cool to see how my running and ability to run has changed during these first 2 months of the program. While I am by no means close to being able to run and ultra today, I am at last feeling that it is something I will be able to do. I've even started openly admitting to my friends and family that it is something I want to achieve (they are great and wonderful and supportive, but now I'm kinda committed).

Look like Week 8 is a recovery week, that'll let me get back into the flow of work and my kids starting their new school year. Then the final push to finish Phase 1. I really can't wait to retest and start Phase 2.

Now for the ephemera.

I recently found out that the creator of a comic series I love (The Oatmeal) does ultra marathons. He even made a comic about why he does it.

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

And in completely unrelated to running but proud poppa news, here is my 5 year old daughter showing me how brave and strong she is.

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