A different kind of marathon

Distance: 4mi

Miles to go 1441

black and white ozarks lakeImage by dgphilli via FlickrMy cross country adventure continues this week as I am now at the Lake of the Ozarks in south central Missouri.  An enormous lake that has a big reputation for fast boats and big parties.  Neither of which bring me here.  I am presenting this week at a conference.  Nowhere NEAR that exciting.  However, the resort I am staying at boasts a 5K course that is just pure evil.  A person shouldn’t have to run THAT many hills (steep ones) in THAT short a distance.  It’s just not fair…

So, like the hill junky I am, I ran the 5K course today and then, for good measure, I added on another mile and one more nasty hill, just to prove how stupid I really am.  Now see, these hills aren’t your garden variety, “tough” hills.  No… Let’s call them “knee killers”.  Imagine taking a hammer to your own knees for 4 miles.  Sounds lovely, no?

…no.

I took it easy on this very tough run today.  I’m sure if I had remembered to wear my watch I would have been depressed as hell with the time.  Maybe it was a good thing I forgot it…!  Still, the reward for this run was beautiful views of the early fall foliage and some great lake views.  All on a nice fall morning.  Nice…

I don’t know if I will be able to get another run in before I get back home so I hope that was good enough.  After this week I will be back at home for a while, thank goodness.  I’m not sure my kids remember who I am!  I miss my family.  I think my marathon this year is just simply surviving these two weeks!

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