Thirteen point one

February 15, 2012

I don’t like races. I like running by myself as opposed to running with literally tens of thousands of runners. Races always start too early in the morning also. But I do like doing them if I know a lot of people running the race and it benefits a good cause.

Sunday I am doing the Livestrong. It starts pretty close to me and is on roads that I am familiar with so I am doing it. My understanding is that it’s just an extended cap 10k. Anyway, I know a lot of people doing it and it benefits a good cause so I’m in.

The last race I did in November I think I put too much pressure on myself which resulted in a not as good performance. I was trying to run to other peoples expectations. This time I am not intentionally tapering. I am just treating Sunday as my long run for the week.

Since there has been virtually no winter this year I’ve been able to run when I want and keep up a decent amount of miles a week…usually between 20 and 30 on three or four runs a week.

It’s sad though since I am a distance runner that after this race there are only two races coming up that I may do and both are less than this distance.

The next long race isn’t until next fall. If the Mayans are infact right I would like to have at least one more race under my belt before 12/12.

Anyway, that’s it.

Asleep At The Wheel

February 1, 2012

Ok, so its no secret I am about equal rights especially for those with disabilities but it seems like we are facing an uphill battle. The battle isn’t among the government or corporations its people’s misconceptions among those with disabilities.

Not a day goes by when I see someone I have never met and they talk down to me…like I don’t understand what they are saying or speak English…or in extreme cases they think I am deaf and start signing to me.

I usually ignore them and likely never see them again.

I’m not saying this to feel bad for me. Its just frustrating.

Its just peoples misconceptions that further add onto the disabled stigma. I wonder if the non disabled community treated us like Stephen Hawkins would it be reverse roles?