1. Finally Back: Well, that was interesting. I had a couple of weeks worth of runs after the LA Marathon that just did not feel right. Every run was a slog, a struggle to get through and almost to the point that it was not enjoyable. I took nearly two weeks to get done but I got through that. On Sunday, I ran 13.5 miles and felt good. That was two weeks after the marathon. The next day I ran four miles and felt good. Tuesday and Thursday I ran eight miles each day and so far so good. I'm trying for 40-45 miles this week, and if I run 4 on Friday and 15 on Saturday as planned I think I should be able to get there. Most important thing for this week for me is to just get my miles up once more so I can feel like myself again. So far, so good.
2. Michigan Influence: For some reason, quite a few of my readers over the years have been from Michigan. I guess it just worked out that way. So it's kind of ironic then that one of my best running friends now is also from Michigan. He was a first-timer and part of my pace group this past year. He's from some small farming town somewhere, I forget the name. He told me before but I forget. Sorry. Anyway, Dean is in his 50s and ran his first marathon this year, in Surf City. Los Angeles was number two, and OC will be number three. San Francisco will be four and Long Beach number five. I think he's going to go for Las Vegas in December and if he does that he will run six marathons in one year right off the bat. Heck, he'd run six marathons in a span of 10 months. Amazing. We run together often, both our long runs and on midweek runs. Today we just polished off an 8-mile run, in 1:08:15.
3. Michigan Influence, Part 2: Anyway, Dean's been talking about some other marathons and how he wants to run one in Michigan. He's mentioned Detroit, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. The first two are in October which would be difficult for me to do but Ann Arbor is in June, which would be great (not this June, but next June, of 2012). I've not presented him with this idea but I might want to tag along to one of those races. I think it would be tremendous to run a marathon with Dean in his home state, to travel with him and experience a destination marathon with a good friend, I can't imagine a better trip. And on top of that, it would be to a place where I might get to meet some of my good blogging friends. If it happens, it would be next year which is fine with me. Gives me more time to warm Mrs. LB up to the idea... haha.