I can't say enough thank yous for the kind comments. I never saw myself as the kind of person that would get that attached to an animal, but it certainly happened and shook me up a bit. As I had mentioned though, while it wasn't fun to witness, at least I was there to hold Lilly. And while I still don't really know exactly what caused it, if I had come home to find her dead I may have wrongly accused our dog of foul play (there was quite a bit of blood). So all in all, I chalk it up to a learning experience and have also gained a perspective on how precious life is...especially human life. Thanks again!
Parsenn was incredibly sad for a couple days also. It was eery how different he and our other cat, Grace, were acting over the last couple days. Parsenn had a genuine look of concern when looking at me lately, so I've rewarded him with some great runs on the Ice Age Trail this week.
I think I'm walking a fine line here, but I'm going to set the bar relatively high for my run at the Lakefront Marathon this weekend: 3:10.
I haven't done nearly as much speed work as I probably should this summer, but I still feel strong and have run easily and pain free lately. But still, I think I'm tempting fate on this run because my last two runs have been surprisingly great. In both of them, I didn't think I would run that good and did:
- Full Moon Half Marathon: Coming off Lyme Disease and Shingles, and not running for 2 weeks, I ran 1:30.
- Fox Cities Marathon: After a safe first half, I ran a 10 minute negative split and finished in 3:19.
As I mentioned earlier, my runs this week have been from 2-5 miles, all on trails. Running on the Ice Age Trail really isn't a great idea this close to marathon (sprained ankles likelihood HIGH), but I really love the trails, especially when running with my dog. Add to that a new section of Ice Age Trail has opened nearby, and I couldn't resist. I'm taking Parsenn out there again today.
So, there you have it. This has not been a normal training cycle. I used a marathon as a training run for Milwaukee. But I want to BQ, and I'm sure as hell gonna try!
I think this card is fitting: