Friday, June 04, 2010

Serendipity Brings the Inspiration

This is a big weekend for us - I've got a half marathon and Steve is riding his first cycling brevet. (For those of you who aren't fluent in language of bike-geeks, a brevet is a timed, long distance bike ride.)  He's riding the 200km Kitchen Creek Brevet.  Go Stevie!

Last night my Thursday night nutrition class decided to meet at Mission Bay for a walk. There were some minor hijinks going on at our normal classroom building; therefore, a change of venue was in order.  This was lucky for me since Mission Bay has a 5 mile running / walking / biking trail that goes around the bay.  Mission Bay was the perfect spot to log some quick miles and work out the pre-race kinks.

Last night as was trotting along the oh-so-familiar path along the bay, I saw the Team In Training tent.  What is TNT doing on at Mission Bay on a random Thursday?  Oh, yes.  One of our TNT runners, Mike Sheehy, is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most miles run in 7 days.  He's run 70 miles a day for the last 5 days. Seventy. A 7 and a 0.  That's, you know, an awful lot.    He's not just going to break the world record.  He's going to crush it.  He'll break it today by running 352 miles in 5 days.  He's going to keep running for the next two days just because he can.  He's doing it all as a fundraiser for cancer research. Take that cancer.

Embarrassingly enough, he'll finish his world record run by completing the full marathon on Sunday.  After running 500 miles this week he'll do the full marathon.  I've been sitting in my office chair all week and I'm only doing the half marathon.

I feel like such a slacker.

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