Chasing 42

Life, the Universe, & Running

Daily Chase: Vol. 22

My hilly onslaught has continued this week  and I’ve been taking the time to observe various elevation gains over various distances, and it’s been interesting to compare the hills I’ve been tackling. I still have a few other local areas to explore, but I’m beginning to get a sense of where I can get the most bang for my buck, and it’s exciting to feel as though I know the area a bit better. This may seem strange considering we’ve been in Delaware since May. However, the number of times I’ve run the same route and the same hill would make your head spin, so it’s nice to break out of my comfort zone a bit. I still don’t know the roads and hills like the back of my hand, but I’m well on my way! 

Chasing42 Log: 20160202 & 20160203

Run: Tuesday’s run was a simple jaunt home from Winterthur since the epicurean needed the car for some work-related adventures. Yesterday, I decided to see what sort of climbing I could string together on the Winterthur grounds, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I was able to accomplish in a relatively short distance. 

Thought: As I was talking with a friend yesterday about our respective upcoming races, my thoughts began to meander back to the subject of goals. I was discussing my efforts to increase my climbing, and he was mentioning the incredibly flat elevation profile of his upcoming marathon. Our races are a day apart, but couldn’t be more different. That’s the beauty of it, though. Our goals are different but equally admirable, and they are both based on the resources we have at our disposal. If I had still been living in Iowa, I would have most likely been running the same race as him (it’s still on my to do list!). As I know all too well, he doesn’t have access to much in the way of hills, but he has plenty of capacity for speed work on the flat Iowa roads. It also helps that he is significantly faster than me 🙂 We each have our goals, and know that we have the tools at our disposal to reach them. It’s all the more important to make sure that when you are #chasing42, you know it’s achievable. There’s plenty of hard work either way, but the light at the end of the tunnel will be there waiting! 

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