Tonight I progressed towards a promise I made at the beginning of the year that I would volunteer more often. It took discipline to break away from the office around 5 to do it, but I'm really glad I did. The shelter was busier than the last time Steph and I served meals, which was in December. I must have personally served at least 500 meals in about two hours. Think about that for a second.
That's 500 people who were lucky enough to get a hot meal from the Union Rescue Mission (ham, corn, salad, potatoes, bread, pie) and presumably a cot to sleep in. Men, women, children. What about the rest of LA's homeless? Where are they tonight? While we're home, while I'm typing this very blog, where are they? How are they keeping dry? Warm? Safe?
I wish there was a way I could make my training pay off for the homeless somehow. I wish I could raise a couple bucks for every hour I put in the pool, on the bike or the trails. Tie dollar amounts to what I'm doing for fun, and help put more food on people's plates, or more clothes on their back.
I'm going to think about this more in the coming days and see what I come up with for next year. My good buddy Rusty is doing some special work through Season 1 Racing now. Maybe I'm next. Perhaps a deeper calling to all this training is exactly what I need to stay motivated.
My new-and-improved running technique -- focusing on higher cadence and more elbow torque -- seems to be paying off. I ran for 5.25 miles this morning (in my Newtons, no less!) as part of my brick workout in just over 40 minutes. As you might recall, I was running 4.5 miles in 45 minutes not too long ago. The best part of today's chilly jaunt: My heart-rate was consistently in the low 150s and my pace was a consistent 8:15-8:20. This is especially uplifting given the Cheseboro Half Marathon this Saturday. A week ago I thought the sky was falling and I lacked motivation to train at all. This caused Coach Gerardo to mention I was a little behind overall in my Wildflower Long Course training. But now I feel re-energized. And eager for competition. My goal is to break two hours since I've never run a trail race before. But the way I'm running since Sunday causes me to wonder if I can do even better. Cheseboro is supposed to be a training run, but I know myself -- and you probably know me by now too.
1:50 or bust!
OK, that's all the energy I've got tonight. Steph is watching Glee in the other room. I can feel the gravitational pull through the wall. Help me. Please.
90 days and counting.