|To support my craziness, and to honor my life-changing, lifelong friend, Brett, make a donation to the American Brain Tumor Association Team Breakthrough at my ABTA fundraising website|
So that has booted me into the brand-new (for me) world of cross-training--another great adventure in "who knew this was so cool!?" I'm water-running (put down your coffee before you watch how funny this looks)
And I'm bike-riding. No, seriously. I have pedaled 49 miles this week, and I just bought myself a bike that actually fits my big-ol long legs. And I am learning, learning, learning things: like "bike shorts with padding that protects one's hoo-hah is truly a necessity and not a luxury" and "don't try to shift gears on the steepest part of the hill". I've discovered that my part of the East Bay is just riddled with paved bike paths that connect me to all kinds of destinations. (If it weren't for the rain predicted for this afternoon, I'd be riding my bike to my dentist appointment. )
Oh,and I'm studying barefoot running, as explained in Christopher McDougall's book, Born to Run . I've even joined the "100 Up Challenge" to see if I can overhaul my faulty running technique by marching slowly in place, in my bare feet. Sorry, no snarf-inducing video on that one yet, but stay tuned. (That's either a promise or a threat,depending on how you feel about watching a well-upholstered middle-aged woman march in place.)
Meanwhile, I'm just about $1200 short of my fundraising goal for my run. I want to raise $3500 for the American Brain Tumor Association, to fund brain-tumor-fighting research and treatment, in honor of my very dear friend (living beautifully and courageously with brain cancer), the friend who helped me kick-off my middle-aged renaissance in 2009 by helping me re-learn to sing.
I was sad. My friend taught me something new. It worked!