This has been a cold, but good week of training so far. Staying at my parents house in KY always gives me the
That voice. So familiar. And it was like a sweet flashback dream. Was I imagining this? It was my dad!!!! My dad, on a bike, riding next to me while I ran. I laughed, and for the next half mile, it was just like old times. Him riding, me running, talking about basically nothing, but sharing much more than space. We got to the house and I stopped at the paper box like I've always done. And when I glanced at my dad he was crying. For the first time since his accident, we talked about his accident. The conversation was less than 10 minutes, him mostly talking and me mostly listening. What I will remember the most is that my dad said that I inspired him. Me. He said after the accident he swore he would never get on the bike again, even resented other cyclists. He said that thought of me, and how I always keep working. He told me that I am tough, and how proud I always make him. Then we scheduled another run/bike date...
Wednesday the weather was terrible, and I did a speed workout on the treadmill. Nothing like 0.75 mile repeats at 10.0 on the hamster wheel to make me suffer. I then did my 5th weight/toning workout of this training cycle. This morning was back to the hills with a speedy group of ladies (all training for Sub 3) around one of the city parks. And OUCH was it cold. I say "ouch" because it's the kind of cold that makes you feel like your limbs are going to break off. And... I don't own any long tights; so I wear compression socks with capris. I'm a fashion diva, what can I say? LOL.
The soreness/fatigue feels GOOD. What feels even better is the warmth of family, yummy snacks, and sweet glasses of wine with my mama. Tomorrow I will head back south and meet TP for a little weekend getaway. We're running the Round the Bay Relay. (COACH, no worries! My leg is only 5 miles and will be at tempo pace!) Lots of running buddies will be there, and I am really looking forward to it.
Side note/funny story... Keith gave me a fancy black box with Ultra Diamonds on the side of it for Christmas. Hahah, can you imagine me sitting there with shaking hands and a fluttering heart? Sadly, no engagement ring, but I did get a beautiful pair of earrings. Maybe there's hope for me yet! :)
Merry Christmas, y'all!