|Ali, Brooke and Sara, friends from NY|
|Ali and I in high school|
I cannot believe that 1 week from tomorrow I will be on the road (a short 2 hour drive) to South Beach for the weekend. Have I mentioned who I am staying with Friday night? Just your run of the mill Ultra marathoners. My friend Randi who I met while living in Green Bay (she now lives in Denver) and her friend Becki who lives on the West Coast of Florida are running Miami with me in addition to 3 other friends from West Palm Beach. Randi and Becki met last year while running the Crooms Run, a 50 mile trail run in Central Florida. They met during the race and became instant friends and a support system for one another.
I met Randi via the Internet about 3 years ago while her and her husband were training for the Madrid, Spain Marathon. Randi has run tons of Marathons and competed in her first full Ironman this fall with her husband, taking on Ironman Wisconsin. Our first meeting came on a cold, dark January morning in Green Bay when I met her for a quick run (ended up being over 9 miles which was a LOT for me) on the icy/snowy streets. We became instant friends and even though we have both left Wisconsin our friendship has stayed strong.
Have you ever had a friend like that? It is so easy to stay in touch these days with the Internet and all..but with every one's crazy lives in the mix it is just as easy to lose touch with people as weeks and months fly by at a record pace.
So, I am so excited to pick these girls brains over the weekend. They are both using Miami ING as a "warm-up" for the real race both are training for.....They are traveling to South Africa to run Commrades, a 56 mile ultra marathon and one of the most well known International races on Earth. HARDCORE!
Did I mention I tried so hard to run a 7 +min mile pace yesterday...I had a short 3 miler and thought that after seeing so many 7min paces on every ones blogs I would go for it...SO close. Finished the 3 miles at 24:12. (8:04) ahhhhhhh. I started out a little too ambitious and so after 1 mile I had to drop back a bit. Going to try again today with a 4 miler.
What are you running today?
Any desire to run an Ultra????