Sunday, February 22, 2009

Beyond the Epic Run

What does it take to run around the world? In February 2000, that's what Swiss couple Serge and Nicole Roethleli set out to do. This epic run took them from Europe, across Africa, through the Middle East and Asia, and finally the United States. Can you imagine the dedication, the drive, and endurance necessary for such a feat? Over 25,000 miles in 5 years. What a way to see and experience the world! If you haven't seen it already (and even if you have, it's worth watching again), here's the trailer:
Now, if you'd like to know more about this intriguing film, I have some connections. Annie, my contact person with the film, mentioned to me that should I have any questions that I'd like to ask Serge, she could make a phone call and ask. So, I am opening this up to all of you. Here's your chance to get more information straight from the source, Serge himself. Leave a question in the comments, and I'll email them to Annie, and then post the responses in another post.

Here are a couple more videos to keep you entertained until then.

Dean Karnezes on the Epic Run

A montage of some of Serge's misfortunes

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A weekend with my girls

It's been a busy weekend (well, a busy week altogether, but we've had a lot of fun this weekend). I've been volunteering at the NBA Jam Session--games and activities for fans as part All-Star weekend. For volunteering, they gave me tickets to the festivities. Last night, I brought my girls out for a little fun. We played at the Kids Zone, shot the sling shot, caught a glimpse of Gary Payton, and even got a picture with one of my basketball heroes, Deron Williams. So what if he was just a life-sized cutout.

Today, since Lani was at a meeting/training all day today (she's starting down the path to her dream of becoming a doula), I took the girls to the park to play at the playground, and to participate in the Freakishly Flexible 5K. It's a good thing this "5K" is so flexible because, due to my knee, I wasn't able to run it. We walked the 1.1 miles around the lake in 17:28. It was a beautiful day for a walk. Would have been an even better day to run, but I won't go into that. We had a fun time playing in the park, feeding the ducks, swinging, sliding, digging, and climbing. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

911. What's your emergency?

I'm sitting here with ice on my knee wondering what is going on. I originally hurt it back in October and took a couple months off, only running a few times. In the middle of December, I started running again without any problem, and was pleased to see that I hadn't lost much fitness. Things were going really well until a couple weekends ago when my knee started hurting again. I took the next week off and ran the following weekend. It felt ok on that run, but I wanted to keep playing it safe, so I didn't run again until last night. About 3 miles into the run, I started to feel it again. I made it home after walking and stretching a for a minute. I was able to pinpoint the pain just below the knee towards the outside. I'm starting to think it might be a stress fracture, but I'm not sure. Whatever it is, I think I need to do what I should probably have done a long time ago--find a doctor. Does anyone know how to find a good doctor knowledgeable in running injuries or is a runner him/herself? I really just want to get this taken care of. Thanks for your tips!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Freakishly Flexible 5k

If you don't know Non-Runner Nancy, you are missing out on one incredibly awesome runner/blogger. She's the ever-supportive, funny, inspirational virtual race director who happens to have some crazy problem with her hip that is putting her future as a runner in jeopardy. In order to show our support for her as she prepares for surgery to repair the damage in her hip, USJogger is putting together a virtual race in her honor, The Freakishly Flexible 5k on (or around) February 14th. Please spread the word and join us in supporting Nancy!