Monday, September 24, 2012

Ups and Downs


I think that it is likely no surprise that I’ve been busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest the last week or so.  Or, maybe no one noticed?  I’m going to assume that everyone thought that I was dead and you all have been meeting in private to divide up my race medals and my smelly running shoe collection. Just be certain and carry out my last wishes – that I be buried without pants. Who knows who I will meet in heaven!?  Fortunately for me, I’m not dead.....just sort of dealing with a few ups and downs.....
 
Up!!!  I got into the Boston marathon!!!  My 3:04:00 was fast enough and I am officially running the race.  Like I’ve said before, you not only have to run a qualifying time, but you also have to “apply” to run the race.  Not putting anything to chance, I’ve been eating nothing but Boston baked beans since running the Eugene marathon (to boost up the Boston economy, of course) which can’t have hurt my prospects.  In fact, I’m thinking on keeping it up.  It’s basically like a rocket engine strapped to my butt.  Kidding aside, this is a bucket list race.  I am running the Boston Marathon!

Down.... I already booked my hotel for the race (because I’m a crazy person) and it was EXPENSIVE!  The 4 nights that I’m staying currently (might stay more) were supposed to cost $1600, but instead I used nearly all of my hotel points and got it for free.  Let’s be honest though, they could have wanted $500/night and I still would have paid it.  Damn you unicorn!

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No, no... TapeR, not taper her
Up!!! I’m officially tapering for my next race.  The St George, UT marathon in two weeks!!   It is a bit of a “cheater” course that is mostly downhill for 19 of the 26 miles.  I just started the taper, so I’m not itching or twitching like a meth addict just yet.  But, I’m sure that will start as I run more and more runs that are less than 30 minutes.

Down.... I’ve sort of been in taper for the last month or so.  I’m only running 3/4 of the miles I should be (55-60ish miles per week +/-) when I’d really like to be cracking 80.  This either means that I’ll be very well rested come race day or I’ll shit my pants at mile 21.  Either way? GREAT blog posts.

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Up!!! After getting promoted and taking on a slightly different role, I’m finally starting to find my footing.  It is a bit more work than I was doing before (read: I really didn’t get rid of any responsibilities), but I really like the work that I do and feel that I am recognized for it.  That hasn’t eased the 11-12 hour days much, but I’m getting by.

Down..... I’m sorting through a few family issues as of late.  One of those “fork in the road” type deals.  It’s been a bit of a struggle as I try to find my place and sort through issues both mental and logistical.  During this time I’ve come to know two things: My son has to live on a combination of horse steroids and sugar (he is BUSY), and just like in running,  you don’t know how strong you are until you’re pushed to what you thought your limits were.
Shopping makes me sleepy too


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Up!!! It made me sad that I took an entire week off from blogging and didn’t get another funny foto Friday up.  So, here is a bonus Funny Foto MONDAY! Enjoy!

26 comments:

Kayla said...

Yay for getting in to Boston!! You worked hard for that so even if it would expensive..you deserve it! and Congrats on the promotion!!! :)

Paulette said...

Congrats on Boston, so exciting!

Adrian {Happy Girl} said...

Omg good job getting into Boston! So excited for you! Hang in there with all of the ups and downs, I hope it all gets straightened out soon.

Jamoosh said...

First, the one-legged man would have lost in the first round...

Second, I would not classify St. George a cheater course. It will be a challenge because of so much downhill and if you haven't done a lot of downhill, it will hurt.

AllisonFay said...

Yay! I'm so glad you got into Boston!

I was seriously just wondering the other day when your next race was... I meant to ask you in an e-mail but I forgot. I kept thinking you are training mighty hard for an obscure-somewhere-in-the-future-race. :) I mean, I know you are hard core and all, but.....

Good luck!

Laura said...

Congrats on Boston!!!
I hear you on the busy front....I keep saying things will calm down by the Fall...the Fall is here...still busy...

James said...

Congrats on getting into Boston! I wish you well in whatever family issues are troubling. The best advice I can give is that no matter what happens, things always seem to work out. Oh, and watch out for those Boston Baked Beans, They'll load you up and false move, Kaboom!

Steph said...

You know I love ya, dude!! Very excited about Boston :)

Sue's Ramblings said...

Fantastic news!!!!

Rain said...

Congratulations on Boston!!

Runners Fuel said...

Congrats on the promotion and getting into Boston!!

Lish said...

Congrats on getting into Boston!! Love the funny photos :)

Jess said...

Well, I'm no expert, but I'm pretty certain that baked beans will be the cause of the pooping yourself at mile 21, not the lack of weekly mileage.

Congrats on Boston, and good luck sorting through whatever crossroads you have!

Jen said...

ANDY IS GOING TO BOSTON!

BOSTON!!

OMG - that's fan-fricken-tastic!!!

I have to admit I'm not sure what the rest of your blog was about because once I got visions of unicorns and Boston, my excitement took over and I couldn't focus…

Something about more responsibility at work and the kid and some funny foto - whatever!!

BOSTON!!!! You did it!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Many congrats on Boston!

jayloh@runningmovesme.com said...

I thought maybe you *hadn't* gotten a spot in Boston and were in a deep, non-blogging depression.
So happy to hear that's NOT the case!
Congratulations!!

Penny said...

Congrats on getting to Boston. That is awesome.

pensive pumpkin said...

I see I'm not the only one who was concerned you didn't get in and were pouting in the corner. Like you do. Admit it.

YAY FOR BOSTON!!!!!!! WHOOT WHOOT!

Mark Matthews said...

Awesome on the Boston thing! if 3:04 doesn't get one in, then what the hell. You are at least 53 years old or so, right?

I saved on lodging and used homeaway.com when I went to Boston, and stayed in this great house in Cambridge. I have used it for many cities, and I recommend it.

Suz and Allan said...

Congratulations on getting into Boston!

Nelly said...

Awesome on Boston! I figured that you would get in, that would be a traveshamockery if you didn't!

Ed said...

Welcome back...good job getting into boston

Missy said...

Congratulations on getting into Boston! That is a great accomplishment!

carla bianca said...

This is a wonderful news. Congratulations on the promotion. You deserve it. Wish you luck in Boston.
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Mike said...

Congrats on getting in Boston! Very happy for you.

lizforaday.com said...

The baby with the duck tape is hilarious. And a big CONGRAT on making Boston. I wish you much luck and I am sending you some running energy. :)