Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Meeting Dean Karnazes

Monday was my first day back to running and I was super excited to see how I was going to make out.  I started very cautiously and kept my pace around 8:15 - 8:19 for the first mile...things felt great so I increased my pace every half mile or so and ended with a 6:40 mile and felt like I could have kept going.  I finished up with 30 minutes on the stairmonster and some stretching and foam rolling.

I was in heaven and felt "normal" again.  A friend of mine had 2 extra tickets to go see Dean Karnazes speak tonight so I was thrilled to be able to go with her!!  My hubby and I grabbed a quick bite to eat before the speaker series at Iron Hill Brewery.

Oatmeal cookie beer and grilled chicken quinoa salad...Yummy!

We had front row seats to hear Dean speak..He has been one of my running idols since I started distance running and I have read his books.  I find him so amazing and inspirational.  He truly is such a nice, down to earth person and his message is so powerful.  That fact that he can run so many miles and continually challenges himself and his body is amazing.  One question that was asked was how does he stay injury free.  He stated that he has great biomechanics and that he is able to recover quickly.  One study that they preformed on him showed that his lactic acid levels actually decreased with increased exertion!! He also stated that he "Never Sits Still"...he has his office at home step up so he is standing and he cross trains religiously.  Lots of leg work and core work as well as trail running.

My hero!!  I have been really wanting to do an Ultramarathon and after meeting Dean I am hooked.

Happy Running!!!


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