Friday, June 28, 2013

Are you Doing it Right?

If it’s not fun you might be doing it wrong.

After people get over the initial shock that I “run” they make some comment like “why?” or “it’s boring” or even <shudder> “I hate running”.  Well, I think they must be doing it wrong.  If it wasn't fun I wouldn't be doing it.  In the past few years I've been lucky enough to find many other people that enjoy running AND know how to make it fun.

My training for the Midnight Madness 50 Miler includes both short and long runs and I try to make each one unique.  I have plenty of chances to run in new cities with my job.  But my group of friends can make a “boring” long run fun.  Generally we start off with absolutely no destination in mind.  But then someone says something silly that becomes an event.  For instance:

I need a paint brush.

Have you read any good books lately?

We don't need to run, lets serve lemonade. 

I hear the dog show is in town.

Is there a ballgame tonight?

Let’s grab a bite to eat.

What would be your dancer name?

I wish the Katy Trail wasn't blocked.  How can we go west?

How far away is the Blue Whale?

 Of course my favorite part is the post-run meal.  Usually breakfast at any hour of the day.


Just like many of the programs at the YMCA I’ve made some great friends and lifelong memories.  There have been many times that I think “this is what a Y kid must feel like” and that keeps me enthusiastic about raising money for The Y.  I’m thankful for the people who have helped me along this journey and those who are helping me raise money to send more kids to Y camp and other programs.

Mitch

Sunday, June 16, 2013

3 Days to 100K, wait, what?


[I'm behind in my race reports and general blogging so pretend you read this a few weeks ago.  I’m sure the story is timeless.]

3 Days to 100K was a new race - the first stage race in Oklahoma - created by my friends Kathy, Barbara and Derk. The idea is to run three different courses over three days for a total of 100 km. We were promised a fun time, unique courses and no time limit so "anyone can do it". Plus Coach Kathy said I should do it as a training race for my 50 mile race in July (read about that here). I'm not sure how that math all works out to be "training" but I thought I would try. How bad could it be...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Making a plan...


Most people make their annual plans or resolutions in New Years Day.  I always seem to be running behind.  2013 is no exception so I chose a lazy sunny Sunday afternoon in February to do my planning.

Looking back at 2012 it was a good year overall.  A few setbacks here and there but I have a lot of accomplishments to feel good about.  I have a healthy family, good job and great friends  In 2012 I pledged to donate $1 for every mile I ran to the Tulsa Metro YMCA and their Strong Kids Campaign.  This was $1000 to help send kids to over-night camp, play team sports or take swimming lessons.  Plus Rovi matched $500 to help too!

I've been a fan of the YMCA kids programs since my kids were four and five and we joined the Indian Guides program (but don't tell anyone since I may have mentioned the kids were “five” and five at the time).  An amazing aspect of the YMCA programs is how they teach specific skills while encouraging kids to perform beyond their perceived limits.  Kids (and adults) walk away from these programs with skills that prepare them to be our future leaders.  Most of the time the kids don’t even know what just happened. 

Just like my kids, I have had the pleasure if having a few great people in my life.  The kind that not only help me out - but push me beyond “my” limits.  Each time I think they have someone else in mind, crazy or smoking something but each time they are right.

This year I am stepping up the crazyness and my support for the YMCA.  I'm going to run a 50 mile race  (yes, in a row) but I need your help.  I'm expecting 50 of my friends to donate with me, $50 each: $1 for each mile I run in that race.

There.  I said it.  I'm doing it.  It will be the hardest thing I have ever done - but will be the most rewarding with your help.

I'll be running the TATUR Midnight Madness 50 mile race on July 5th and 6th.  It will be hot.  I will be grumpy. I will get blisters.  Maybe some chaffing.  But, I will have the best support crew possible - knowing how your donation to the YMCA will impact the kids around Tulsa.

Your part is simple - I have my own online donation site: http://bit.ly/MitchWestside.  Why wait! Click here then make your donation.

Thanks!
Mitch