|prairie lilies along the trail|
|calves and moms along the trail|
Running buddies, Connie and Anita, and I have been training our buns off since mid-March. This is not an entirely new thing as we three train every year for the Bolder Boulder. But this year my cousin made a comment when she saw a picture of me pushing a 4-month-old Devon in a baby jogger in the 1985 Bolder Boulder - that comment being along the lines of "how about running it as fast this year as you did 30 years ago while pushing Devon." Thus the challenge was born.
|me, sleeping Devon, and bro-in-law Andy 1985 Bolder Boulder|
And just how fast would that be? 55:49 - 9 minute pace on the nose. It's been a few years since I've run a race that fast. But, what the heck, having a stretch goal is a Good Thing, yes? So...lots of intervals, tempo runs, long runs and, disconcertingly, the feeling I often get when marathon training is drawing to a close: if the training doesn't kill me, I may actually be fit enough to have a good race. One week from tomorrow, we'll find out!