Fortunately, I had downloaded a wonderful book to listen to; Born to Run, A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. It is a great and inspirational story about running, obviously, specifically about ultra-running but more importantly about why we run and how running can change a person. And then of course, there is the barefoot running concept, which has interested me in the past, but this book may have made a convert out of me. I've always preferred running on the sand with no shoes and while the Vibram Five Fingers have thus far ended up leaving my legs fatigued and feeling battered, I've also felt very at ease in them. Like so many things, I overdid it and went on longer runs than I should have before my feet were properly conditioned. I highly recommend the book for runners and non-runners alike. It is yet another tale of the Emperor Has No Clothes that has been sold to us. It's made me remember what I do love about running and makes me look forward to getting back to that.
It has also sparked my excitement about the upcoming Tough Mudder. It's this Saturday and Sunday. I'm just doing Sunday because on Saturday, we'll be coming down from our "altitude acclimatization" camping trip to pick up Cindy from the airport.
Also just signed up for the MetroDash back in Atlanta which is a much different race than the Tough Mudder, but looks like fun.
I must get going. We pushed it for 17 hours of driving yesterday, but decided to not completely burn ourselves out. So we have 5 hours till we hit LA. The Maintenance Required light popped up yesterday, let's hope it's nothing but a tune-up reminder. Cross your fingers.