Ode To The Stuff Holder

hubbyYesterday was a big day for me – it was the 32nd year of my running every day!  I can’t believe that it’s been that long – it’s hard for me to believe that I’m that old :-) – but, I am!

I went for a 10 mile run and spent a lot of time during the run reflecting on the past 32 years of my streak running – and the 7 years before that when I started running.  I thought about the runs, the races, the ones that I’ve run with.  It was a great time of reflecting.

One of the things that I thought a lot about was my wonderful Hubby.  I couldn’t run every day and run in some of the places that I’ve run without his support.  There are so many runners (male and female) that don’t have the support of their significant others.  This makes me sad.  And, it makes me realize how blessed I am to have the support of my Hubby.

Years ago – there were several of us (all guys and me the lone female) who ran a 15 mile race in Charleston, West Virginia, every year.  It was always a fun weekend!  This race had a super pasta party in the Civic Center the night before – with all the beer you wanted.  Plus, a sit down lunch after the race – and yes, with all the beer you wanted!

Hubby and a few of my friends’ wives would hang out together during the race.  They’d go have breakfast and then meet us at different points along the race.  The first 5 miles of this race was a beast.  Mostly uphill.  Hubby would always be at mile 7 with a Pepsi for me!  It made the rest of the race so much better!

Anyway, our support crew we named the “Stuff Holders”.  This was because they held our “stuff” during the race and had what “stuff” we needed at the finish.  Sometimes it wasn’t much – but, some races – there was more to hold depending on the weather and if we needed dry or warm clothes after finishing.  I think they had a lot of fun together – I know Hubby did!

But, ya know…….stuff holders have a tough job.  They get up early to be at the starting line to see us off.  Then, they have to wait around – probably being really bored – until we finish.  During longer races, I know that Hubby will get up right before we leave for the start – then go back to the hotel to shower and get breakfast before meeting back up with me.

I sometimes feel guilty as I’m getting older.  Those 3 1/2 hour marathons have turned into 4 1/2 – 5 hours.  Half marathons have gone from 1:45 – 1:50 to 2:15 – 2:20.  But, Hubby never complains.  He even makes me feel better by saying that I’m still out there after all these years and that it doesn’t matter how long it takes me to finish.  I really love him for that.

But, he’s the one that’s out there waiting for me – in hot weather, cold weather, rain, sun.  No matter what.  I can always count on him being at the finish.  And, usually with my Pepsi!  :-)

Some people may think that stuff holders may have it easier than the runners.  But, ya know, I don’t think that they do.  We runners are moving – and yes, sometimes it’s easier than other times – but, standing for a long time can be really boring.  And, especially with my Hubby’s 4 knee replacements and bad back.  But, he never complains!

I love my stuff holder!  I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without him!  Give your stuff holder a little extra love and tell them how much they mean to you!

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 6

Friday, October 6 – 12 miles Today was long run day!  I started doing my long runs a while back on Fridays.  It really seems to work for me.  I like that it gets my weekend started right and on Thursdays I can fix a nice pasta dinner for Hubby and me. For the past year or so, I’ve been doing my long runs on some of the greenways around here.  I sometimes start and finish on the greenway – but, may hit the road for some miles.  It all depends on the miles that I am doing. The greenway that I start my longer runs on starts at a place called Fallon Park.  There are runners and cyclists that start there.  I like starting there because there is a port-a-potty right there.  On the greenway, there are a couple – but, I like having one right there before I … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 5

Thursday, October 5 On the schedule today was an easy 4 mile run before my long run of the week tomorrow. Hubby was having carpal tunnel surgery at 8:15 a.m. – so, that meant up at 4 a.m. to get the run in before having to have him at the hospital early. I’ve run many mornings at that time due to one thing or another.  I know that some people may have just punted their run – but, that’s not the way that streakers are wired.  You get up as early as you need to get the run done.  There are some that would wait and run later.  I’ve never liked to do that.  You never know what’s going to happen during the day.  So, I always get it done first thing. And, the crazy thing is – I love running first thing in the morning.  It gets the day … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 4

Wednesday, October 4 Usually I am up before the sun to get my run in for the day.  Today, I had an early doctor’s appointment to do a retest – so, I decided to be lazy and sleep in until 6:15 and do my run after my appointment.  Yep, that’s sleeping in for me! After my appointment, I had to do some things for Hubby for the DQ, so I didn’t get out to run until almost 11:00.  On the positive side – it was in the mid 50’s by then instead of the lower 40’s of the morning. Today’s schedule was an easy 5 miler.  Went to my “trail” and did part on the trail – and part on another side road that is close by.  This road is where I do my hill work outs.  But, today, I just did the half mile uphill and then back down. … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 3

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A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner – Day 2

Tuesday, October 2nd – 6 miles This morning for my run I was at my Mom’s.  She lives about an hour and a half away in the town where I grew up.  Mom had a stroke about 6 years ago.  She is fine mentally, but has a weak leg – so she doesn’t drive anymore or go up and down a lot of stairs.  So, I go up to her house one or two nights a week to do what I call my “Mom chores”.  This includes her laundry, grocery shopping, banking and other little things.  We go out to dinner and lunch – so, it’s a nice little time together. Anyway, the temperature is usually 10 degrees or so cooler at her house than it is at mine.  As you can see by the picture, it was 35 degrees when I ran this morning.  Definitely a glove morning! Monday … {Continue Reading… }

A Month In The Life Of A Streaking Runner

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I Broke All My Rules – And, Had A Great Week Of Running

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Common Sense and Running – It’s Soapbox Time Again!

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PR’s Begin At 60 – How I’m Dealing With Running As I Get Older

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