3 weeks left!
3 weeks left until the Spartan Race in Colorado this year.
Lamoni signed up for this race almost 9 months ago. He is ready and excited. Me, his wife, signed up to race with him and I’m getting nervous. After the arrival of our 5th child this past October I had the crazy idea that I wanted to run a Spartan with him. The Spartan Sprint would be ideal since it is the shortest race. (I’m not a runner – nor do I enjoy exercising.) But I have a desire to run a race with him and “check it off my list.” Because honestly if he can do these races, I have no excuse as to why I could never do one. I. Have. No. Excuse.
So back in January we started training. At the time Lamoni was working night shift from 6pm to 6am in the morning. I don’t think I have ever mentioned it, but he works as a correctional officer at the county jail. The easiest time for us to run was after he got home from work at 6:00 in the morning. So for the month of January we averaged about 5 runs a week every morning around 6:30am. That wouldn’t seem so bad — unless you live where it is freezing in the winter months!
For our first run, the temperature was 5 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Yep, just 5 degrees! We were crazy dedicated!
Lamoni had been running for a few weeks before I started to join him. There were some morning when he was running in negative temperatures. That didn’t feel too good!
But it was usually very cold when we would run in the mornings. Here are a few pictures throughout the month that I took of us when we returned from our runs.
I think we are a little insane. Icicles on your eyebrows when you are running can be an interesting feeling.
Lamoni has been a part-time runner for a few years. His hoodie says it all. He has never caught the “running bug.” He does not enjoy it at all. But that doesn’t stop him from training for what he does love: overcoming obstacles while running.
Lamoni was talking to me one day about his dislike of running. He was listing off some things that could have discouraged him from running, “My foot hurts, I just got off a 12 hour shift and all I want to do is go to bed, it triggers my asthma, it sets off my back pain, and sometimes my foot can fly off while running.” (True story! I’ll get back to that in a bit.) But he really strives to live the life he has been given. It would be too easy to sit on the couch day after day and swim in a pool of pity, he has every reason to do this and nobody would blame him. Lamoni is not that man, he is here to fight and push through the junk to enjoy the rest.
His foot can fall off while he runs? Yes, yes it can! If he goes on a longer run, lets say about 7-8 miles into the run his stub will be extra sweaty. If he doesn’t stop, take off his foot, take off his liner and wipe the sweat off his stub and liner, his liner will no longer stick to his skin and just slide right off along with the prosthetic attached to it. When this happened he told me that luckily he didn’t fall over. His foot flew off and he was able to hop a few hops to slow down and then hop over to retrieve his foot. Wow!
He has learned to stop and wipe his foot while on a run. Here he is doing this while we were on a run visiting our family in Oregon. This is his niece, Emily.
Running in Oregon was nice, no icicle eyebrows there!
So we continue with 3 weeks left. Trying to run when we can, and get some upper body strength training in as well. Wish us luck! (well, wish ME luck – Lamoni will be just fine!)