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Blame it on Christine

Christine made me write this. I was tempted to not write for Toro Talk this week-I had plenty on my plate, and didn't have anything noteworthy to chat about-but a while back I made the "mistake" of telling Robert that people needed him to be more present and hear his voice more often, and apparently Christine eavesdropped and decided to use my own words against me. For shame! But her adamant request gives me fodder for today's write-up, so I guess I can't be too mad at her.

In 17 Days

In 17 days, my life will cease to be entirely mine; rather, it will be wholly consumed by the Critz Tybee Run Fest.  Porta-john, light tower and scissor lift placement, course marking and water stop prep…these will be the items of the day(s) and the first and last things on my mind when I wake in the morning and drift off at night.  Anyone that’s run any of the five races (which span the course of two days, for those not “in the know”) that comprise the event recognizes that there are more moving parts with the Run Fest than any other race—one race ending while folks line-

High-Fives All Around

One of my favorite races of the year is upon us: the Yates Astro Resolution 5K Trail Run (yes, it’s a mouthful, but deal with it, people) is this Saturday, January 9 at 8:30!  Run along the marsh, jog past the striking chapel, and moo back at the cows as you trot through this beautiful course on the Bethesda property…just make sure you hop, skip and jump over/around the multitude of cow patties you’re liable to encounter along the way (or at least wear some recently-retired shoes if you’re not as agile as you once were).  Oh!

Thank You

I should probably save this post for next week, when it's truly "Christmas/Holiday Week", but I'm a realist and recognize that there is an awful lot going on then and emails tend to fall by the wayside and get lost in the shuffle (right now, you might be wishing this email had gotten lost in the shuffle...).

December: The Time for Tacky Sweater Parties...and The Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run

As I sit down to write this, I realize it’s the first day of December; Christmas is nearly upon us, then the New Year.  What on earth happened to 2015 (as I was wishing my days away as a youth, my mother always warned me that time goes by more and more quickly as you get older, but c’mon, this is just plain ludicrous!)?!

Second Harvest

Usually at this time, in this space, I’d give you some clever running jargon, helpful training tips, or even talk about a fun, and supremely worthwhile, upcoming race (this Thursday at 8:30 AM is the 7th Annual United Way Turkey Trot—there is certainly no better way to start your gluttony and thanks-filled day than being a part of this fun 4-miler!).  Well, I’m (mostly) not going to do that here, today.  Instead, I’d like to remind you all about America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, because not everyone will get to eat like most of us do this Thursday.

Rock n Roll Savannah Weekend 2015

What a fast-paced, exciting, and exhausting Rock ‘n’ Roll weekend we had (and by “weekend”, I mean Thursday-Sunday)!  Methinks the only folks that expended more energy than runners/walkers during those days were the weathermen/women in town (but without the accompanying fun…or medals).  For those calling Savannah home, it was coastal weather as usual: temperate, then hot and humid, then just plain humid, then windy and cold, then rainy and windy…well, you get the drift.

Rock n Roll Week

I’ll keep this short and sweet, because it’s Rock ‘n Roll week and both you and I are busy (unless you’re not participating, in which case you have no excuse not to read this…you know, other than your normally overly-busy lives getting in the way, of course).  In the past few weeks, we’ve talked about tapering and beating the funk (both the mental and physical versions); going into races/life with your head screwed on tightly and your body rarin’ to go.

Let the Hard Work Pay Off

If you’re running Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah in just a couple of weeks (you got this, FYI!), your long(est) runs are done and over.  Sure, you still have a few that are longer than your garden-variety training jaunts, but most of the hard work is now completed and it’s time to let your body (and mind) rest and relax; if you toe the line on race day with an overly-taxed body, you’re liable to get injured and you’ll certainly regret that decision, from a finishing time standpoint.

Reclaiming Your Mojo

I spoke with a good friend last week, post-run, and he admitted that he was having a hard time finding motivation in the lead-up to a right-around-the-corner marathon in which he'll be competing; he was concerned because A.) some of his long runs hadn't gone to plan and B.) he simply hadn't had much fun during this particular training cycle.

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