Running through the mud

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Those aren’t my legs, but I’ve been just as muddy after the endurance runs with the Adventure Running for Kids club every other Monday.

Who knew running through the mud was this much fun?

I’ll tell you who: kids. They live for this stuff. I’ve been running with the Don’t Get Lost Adventure Running for Kids program in St. Catharines and it’s been an adventure. My seven-year-old daughter joined the program as her fall activity, passing up things like gymnastics and skating for the chance to roll – er,  what I mean here is run – in the mud for an hour once a week. I’m helping out as a group coach, keeping the youngsters together and digging out shoes that are lost in the mud. Proud to say no shoe has been left behind.

I love running the trails at Burgoyne Woods, although I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a run like this. My Saucony Kinvaras aren’t the best choice for running up and down some of the slick slopes, but, amazingly, I’ve avoided kerplunking in any of the big puddles.

Can’t say the same for most of the kids. Including my daughter, who gives me drippy hugs after climbing out the some soupy water. Was on the receiving end of some muddy high-5s and some kid often spots my shirt with hand prints.

It’s a great program with speed and strength workouts one week, endurance and orienteering the next. The kids are having so much fun, I don’t think they realize how good this all is for them.

Looking forward to next week’s run!

Boston, here I come!

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Got some good news today: my entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon was accepted.

Yes!

There’s always been something about the Boston Marathon that’s captured my imagination, even before I was a runner. I loved talking to people who had run it, who were getting ready to run it and who were trying to qualify for it.

So, I’m really excited. April 21, 2014 can’t come fast enough, although I know I have a long road ahead of me. For starters, I’ve never really done high volume training through the winter. Winters in Niagara haven’t been that harsh the last couple of years, but I really don’t know what to expect. Except for hill runs on some slippery slopes.

Plus, I don’t want to look too far ahead. I’ve got the Run for the Grapes half marathon coming up and the Niagara Falls International Marathon, the race where I ran my qualifying time to get into Boston. I’ve been working really hard to get ready for these races: I’ve got my sights set on some ambitious goals.

Have a few shorter races in mind before the end of the year. And then, after a well-deserve break over the holidays it’ll be time to get to work. Because after the famous marathon in April, I plan to leave Boston with a shiny new PB!