A few weekends ago I rode the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC)–190 miles to help fundraise money to find a cure for cancer…and it was amazing! I rode with my former coworkers on a team of 10 for their 10th anniversary of riding the PMC. The weekend was a great experience and I have so much I could say about it, but to start, I’ll just give reasons why I really enjoyed the PMC.
I’m not very coordinated but have been challenging myself to go to classes that involve some coordination. One of the classes I have been going to lately is called Kick It by Eliza Shirazi. Eliza created this class to combine her passions of dance, music and community. She created Kick It in 2009 and offered it at UMass Amherst for four years. Learn more about Kick It by watching this video…embedded by Embedded Video
In case you couldn’t tell, I am riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge this year! I attempted it 2 years ago but only was able to fundraise not ride. Short version–unfortunately I was born with a twisted intestine (and had no idea) and the weekend before I was in intense pain and had to go into the ER. They operated on me that weekend and I had to miss out on the Pan-Mass. Read more about my story here!
After being emotionally exhausted from doing all the fundraising but not being able to experience the ride while also studying for my Professional Engineering exam, I decided I needed to to take 2014 off from attempting the PMC again. But once 2015 rolled around, I knew it was time. It also was my (now former) company’s 10th year of riding and they were trying to get 10 riders for the team.
I mentioned a month ago how I was getting into minimalist running. I have been running pretty consistently for about 30 minutes each time I run. My calves have been doing better and my pace has been improving slightly each time.
The last time I went to my PT at the Spaulding National Running Center for a check-in, he said I could start to increase my distance, run two days in a row and include speed work. This would of course all be in moderation and not all at once. For example, if I did a longer run I wouldn’t do speed work and I’d run speed work on a shorter run day.
This news was bittersweet.