Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I've got a new one.

End of swimbikerun, for now.

And welcome. Just run.

Wow. This has been pretty easy. My hours per week are more than cut in half and I don't feel like I am slacking.

I forgot how easy it is to fit in just RUNNING (especially with new, superfun Garmin 305. I LOVE this thing.) I am training for the Silver Comet Half Mary on Halloween. And a fun 5k this weekend.

Well, as much fun as a 5k can be. Which is really no fun at all. I guess the fun part is that you are done before breakfast, before (if you're lucky) you want to puke, before the rest of the family wakes up, and hopefully before you realize just how much this gd thing hurts.

Bang. Huff. Puff. Curse. Dry heave. And....done.

Speaking of focus...before triathlon I was 100% focused on soccer. For my whole life. I was a soccer player. I loved it. My big brothers both played and all I ever wanted to do was be like them. So, as soon as I could play, I was out on that field....being rough, getting yellow cards, sliding in mud, getting banged up, and generally loving life on the field. It just seemed to fit.

I was lucky enough to get to play in college. At Wake Forest. In the ACC. That (and going anywhere out of the tri-state area) was my goal. I loved every second of it. I loved Wake. Loved my teammates. Still do.

I had my first alumni game (in 9 years) this past weekend. I can't really even express how much fun it was to play with those girls again. Here we are 33 and 34 years old and the most surprising thing....WE CAN STILL PLAY. We were, and still are, unapologetically competitive. I think that is just awesome. "Team MOM" (our name) held our own against the 22 and 23 year olds who are playing in the WUSA. Yeah, we got tired and sure our touch was not what it once was, but still...we HELD OUR OWN. I am so proud of us. I can't wait to do it again next year.

Our team.


The Chapples said...

Now that I'm running again, you'll have to let me know if you're back in the area. :)

Jennifer Harrison said...

LOVE that you had an Alumni soccer game!!! TOO fun ! I swear, I think I did EVERY sport but soccer!!! And, why not? I have no idea. GOOD Luck in that 5k and happy birthday on Friday! :)

Angela and David Kidd said...

Enjoy the running and good luck at the 5K!

That alumni game looks awesome. No way am I playing in an alumni game for my old college volleyball team. I have about a 1 inch vertical these days.

Anonymous said...

Awesome that you got to play soccer again. I too played in college and loved everything about it. Have fun running.

IronMatron said...

Isnt' it funny how quick and efficient just running is? I've been "just" running for the last couple of weeks--and I suddenly have all this free time!
Fun about the soccer! Of course you held your own. We only get better as we age. (I'm trying to believe this...)

Heather said...

What 5K are you going to do? I was going to do one this weekend, too.

I'm just running - I suppose you don't notice the free time unless you were doing three sports :D

Meghan said...

Noah is #15 in soccer too!! he has some BIG shoes to fill!!!! (and i don't mean you have big feet!)

Rebecca DeWire said...

I think that it is awesome that you played soccer in college! I love learning about everyone's athletic backgrounds. I think it was on FB, but I saw a pic of you and Ella playing soccer. So cute!