No Cute Hat Required

So, as it goes as a member of the retail world your days off do not follow the rest of the real world.  I’m a manager at a big box retail home improvement store.  My week is pretty much set with my days off falling on Thursday and Friday.  During my triathlon training this allowed me to get my long cycle and my brick days in.  Whats a brick?  Thats when U ride a bike a long ass time and then run a long ass time.  After which point your legs feel like bricks.   Wow aren’t we an imaginative group?

This summer I had a goal of running from Joliet to Frankfort and back, that’s 22 miles. It’s a nice training route that I have used since I started cycling.  At one point on a cross training day my buddy Scott says to me, “When we are training for a marathon this would be a long training run…”  For some reason that stuck with me and became a goal.  Now most people will not run 22 miles as a training run for a marathon, but Crazy Boy Don will!!  Since I had 5 weeks to training for my fall marathon I thought it fit.

Enter Julie, she says I’ll run some of the 22 with ya.  We meet up at about mile 7 and talked for the next several hours.  We discovered during this time that we had a few things in common.  You can’t help but to instantly like someone willing to run just to help you through a long run.  For the past several weeks Julie and I have run at noon on Thursday…

48 degrees 12/1/11

Today could not have been any nicer.  Calm wind, bright sun, and my Thursday run buddy, Julie.  We decided to run towards Joliet from New Lenox.  It was nice to be back on the trail with my buddy. Last Thursday we missed our run because of Thanksgiving. In no time at all we where in Joliet.  Talking really makes the run seem shorter.  As we approach the body shop I can’t believe my eyes, 48 degrees is displayed!!  When we got to the turn around I couldn’t believe my eyes again!! My watch said only 47 minutes had passed and a new PR for CrazyBoy!! Whoot Whoot!!! We took some time to stretch and started back up the trail.  Some where along the trail Julie got friendly with the foliage and had those prickly seed pods on her. As she tried to pick em off they kept multiplying…  hehe

Todays run was awesome!! Our total time was 1:45:27 a 10:13 pace. Julie was having some technology issues and I was having I didn’t eat issues, so we stopped more than normal.  Thank you TY TY. I’m glad she slows down so I can keep up!!


Today’s Crazy Boy fashion, Nike Shoes and UA socks bought at Bass Pro Shops, Asics running shorts, Champion cold gear and UA running shirt.

Julie Bear’s fashion, New shoes, causing shin issues? Running tights and an awesome Chicago 1/2 Marathon top.  Sorry, no cute hat required…