Liza Howard. Ultrarunning Mom.

Ultrarunning Mom

Costume contest and cosmic messages

I kicked a metal pipe with my good foot yesterday at the pool.  I was thinking about unimportant things (whether the shirt I was wearing over my bathing suit made it look like I wasn’t wearing bathing suit bottoms) and I walked right into the pipe that fills the pool.  It sticks up out of the cement (in an impossible-not-to-see-and-avoid way) that borders the deep end of the pool.  I almost lost my mind.  The pain wasn’t all that bad, and I’m sure I’ll be fine for my long 50 minute run today, but COME ON!  I’ve met my injury quota for the year.  I just signed up for Javelina.  (Should we have a costume suggestion contest?  I’m sure I could figure out how to come up with a tiny prize.  The costume would need to be something that could be worn comfortably for 15 to 30 hours, be cute, but age appropriate, affordable and not require much artistry or skill to assemble after Asa goes to bed.  I’ll try to figure out details today.  But I digress…)  I told Eliot I felt like I was getting some sort of cosmic message not to get complacent about taking care of myself and being grateful now that I was out of the boot and running again.  (He did a good job looking interested.)  So OK! already.  I’ll drop the potentially bone density lowering diet sodas and do my walking lunges, but enough with the cosmic messages.  Sheesh.  (And, no, my theology doesn’t really include cosmic messages about running.)  (I am wildly superstitious about remembering to be grateful.)

I’ve got to get out for that run now.  (I love writing that.)

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  • Sarah

    When I was thinking about doing Javalina, my costume was going to be a rabbit. You know how in dog races (and sometimes people races) they have a fast person that everyone has to chase? I think it would be perfect for you. All you would need is a poofy tail and bunny ears.

    • http://lizahoward.wordpress.com lizahoward

      Oooh, I like this idea.  

  • John

    Can you run on stilts? You could run as Chris.

    • http://lizahoward.wordpress.com lizahoward

      Snort!

  • http://www.seriouscaseoftheruns.com Paige

    Woohoo for JJ100! I love Sarah’s rabbit idea…super easy, and very apropos :)

    Or, you could be an Aquajogger…all you’ll need is your pool running floaty ;) Not sure how comfy that would be on your waist for 15+ hours though.

    I think Geof and I are going to dress as newlyweds, which basically consists of sweaty running clothes, water bottles and matching grins. We are very original in the costume department :)

    • http://lizahoward.wordpress.com lizahoward

      I’m going with the bunny. Definitely fits my costume-making skill set. And I’m thinking floppy eared bunny — more aerodynamic.
      I’m burning the aqua jogging belt.
      Looking forward to seeing the newlyweds!

  • http://www.healthandadventure.com Derrick Spafford

    The walking lunges are a must with me. A year of injury frustration made me realize this and I rarely miss a day of lunges now.

    • http://lizahoward.wordpress.com lizahoward

      This is my new goal — along with sweeping up under Asa’s chair daily.

  • http://www.healthandadventure.com Derrick Spafford

    …Javelina sounds great and have been pondering it too.

  • http://lizahoward.wordpress.com lizahoward

    Come!