WEEK 6 – Pushing to New Levels

Ok, so that’s a weak title for the week six update, but what a week of training it has been.

I took most of the early part of the week off to recover from the 32 miles I logged at the Hot to Trot 8-hour race the previous Saturday. By Wednesday, I felt better but still had a large, nagging blister that made it almost impossible to wear shoes. So what do I do? Why, run barefoot, of course!

Wednesday, I logged two miles, at a decent clip, barefoot on the asphalt. You should have seen the looks from the mini-van moms and tie-guys on their way to work. Here’s this guy, sun-burnt from Saturday, running through the neighborhood with his dogs and without his shoes. I’m sure I made for some lively conversation in the Amberfield neighborhood.

But the highlight of the week was the Laurel Valley White Water Run on Saturday, a “somewhere-around-40-miles” trek through the Foothills of South Carolina. I can’t possibly do Saturday’s experience justice in this weekly update. You’ll have to read my Laural Valley race report for yourself. I will tell you this – the run now ranks as the most physically demanding thing I have ever done in my life …but more than that, was the emotional and spiritual experience that accompanied that endurance effort. Give it a read, and please let me know your thoughts…

And, as I always mention, please don’t forget the kids in which I am trying to help through my running efforts. I’m not kidding when I say even a five spot, the price of Venti Latte at Starbucks, can make a difference.

Onward and upward…

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Way to Go!! What an extreme mental and physical accomplishment. You and yours should feel very proud.

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