Even bitterly cold, foul Winter weather can't spoil my mood!

Today I got the news that an internet buddy has registered for the Bayshore Half Marathon...yay, Mishka!  He got in right before the HM filled.  I am so excited!  There is a really fantastic group of people from RunningAHEAD.com who are meeting up for this race (either the half or the full marathon distance).  Some who have already met (and really look forward to hanging out, again...and drinking beer), and others of us who can't wait to meet in-person for the first time.  I haven't yet met Mishka, but feel like I've known him for ages.

Even though today's nearly 8 mile run on snow and ice under cloudy skies was kind of drudgery...the whole while I was thinking about how much fun we're going to have in Traverse City.  While my first marathon in Milwaukee was a wonderful experience running with my best friend and meeting a fellow internet running buddy (who, incidentally, took 3rd place at that race), it was a kind of quiet weekend spent in large part in our hotel rooms resting.  Plus my family was in town to watch, so I spent a bit of time with them when I could.  I have a feeling Bayshore will be more about socializing when we aren't actually running or sleeping.  

There is already great talk of how many kegs of beer we can fit in Michelle's mini-van (which is kind of funny, since we all know that after a marathon most of us will be good for probably no more than 2-3 beers, then a LOT of sleep).  There has also been discussion of a winery tour on the way out on Sunday...Black Star Farms Vineyard has my vote (LOVE their Arcturos DRY Riesling, when I can find it).


  1. SWEET! That is so awesome that Mishka is coming as well! Though, I feel a bit chided that I did not get my own post on your blog about being at this event. LOL

    I cannot wait for this. My leg feels like crap and I am beginning to have my doubts about being able to run the half, but I don't care! It's going to be a blast even if I have to use crutches to get through the dang race! WOOT!

    The winery tour sounds like a great idea. Tammy and I were trying to think of what we wanted to do on the way home Sunday. We even thought about heading down the west side of the state and crashing your place! :-P

  2. Awww...you goof--of course I'm thrilled that you and Tammy will be there! I think I'm so extra excited about Mishka registering because he lives so much further away. He's almost like a foreign friend coming all the way from Ohio, heh!


    Yesterday I phoned Eryn all excitedly and tried to talk her into registering for the half, but it was already full. She may still try to come for the race, though. We're gonna need someone to hold those insulting signs.


    Really, though, Bayshore is going to be like one long celebration with a few hours of running thrown in for good measure.


    I hope your leg starts to behave. That is so strange that you are having issues STILL. It reminds me of what Kooky went through. Have you seen the doctor again? Do they have any thoughts?

  3. Zoomy,
    Your blog hurts my eyes!
    Anyway...would you be interested in a couple of buddy passes on Delta to Edinburgh, this year or next? I know a guy...
    Really, I have a couple available, if you're interested. But you would have to behave.
    Email me at

    Russ (PerfesserR)