It’s what Ryan usually asks me after every run. At races, he normally doesn’t say those three words until we are in the car ready to head back home.
Ryan also asked it after every visit we had with Dr. Tentler.
We had a follow up appointment on Ryan’s orthotics last Thursday with Dr. Tentler. We like Dr. Tentler, but I am glad to report he said that meeting should be our last until Ryan’s orthotics need refurbished. That shouldn’t be for another two years.
My standard answer typically is after a run, “Well, we’ll stretch, go in the house, clean up, have breakfast and continue on with the rest of our day.”
After a race – “We go get you that super huge Dr. Pepper and celebrate the accomplishment of finishing another race.
Once we are finished at Dr. Tentler’s office – “we get doughnuts.” Sometimes it’s, “We go back home. You do your school work and I get ready for work.”
Every so often though I’ll look at him with a grin on my face and try to do my best Rodney Dangerfield as Al Czervik in “Caddyshack” impersonation.
“So, what? So, let’s dance.”
That’s exactly what I’ll start doing along with singing the lyrics to the Journey hit “Anyway You Want It.” Of course, that’s the song which played in the scene when Dangerfield said it on the golf course while Judge Smails (played by Ted Knight) once again sliced his shot from the fairway.
Sometimes I do it when we’ve had a great run. More notably, I do it when the run was tough and we struggled through to get it done. On those runs as Meredith Grey says on “Grey’s Anatomy” we have to “dance it out.”
Regardless of when I break out my dance moves – that would make members of New Edition jealous – I get that teenage roll of the eyes from Ryan.
With about 24 weeks before CNO Financial Monumental Half Marathon Training, it does beg to ask, “So, now what?”
In his heyday, Steve Spurrier had his “Fun-n-Gun” offense as he tormented Peyton Manning and the rest SEC on a regular basis. Well, the Runnin’ Rueffs will have our “Fun-n-Run” while building base mileage for the next 10 weeks. Then on July 30, we will begin training for our debut in the CNO Financial Monumental Half Marathon on Nov. 4 here in Indianapolis.
Since the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon, we’ve been in somewhat of a recovery phase. I think that’s mainly been me more than Ryan. We’ve run a couple of days back-to-back and then rested. Then ran a day then took a day off. Nothing intense. Just nice easy runs on our regular routes.
As we build base mileage leading up to July 30, we can mix up the runs. We’ve already made plans for some of our running friends to join us when they want to have a relaxing run.
We also will probably see the Center Grove Cross Country team on some Mondays as we go to run the hills of Skyline Drive and Brer Rabbit Drive. We will probably throw in some speed workouts especially my favorite – mailbox fartleks.
Although the training plan is put together for Monumental, I will probably still spend the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend making tweaks to the plan my group of advisors suggest while listening to the “greatest spectacle in radio broadcasting” – the Indianapolis 500 – on my deck.
After our experience running the Monumental 5k last year, Ryan and I are excited to see what we can do in the half marathon race at Monumental.
Ryan’s probably thinking another PR, but for now numbers are the farthest thing from my mind. We will have a better grasp of that after we run our only race between now and the Monumental Half – the Indianapolis Colts 5k on Aug. 26 (Probably won’t be a good idea for me to wear my Broncos gear that day).
Like the Miler Series races, that run will give us a good indication of where we are after the first month of training for the Monumental Half. It will also give us a chance to see if Ryan has figured out how to avoid being “boxed in” like he was during various points of the 500 Mini.
Sure, things will become a little more serious once the calendar reads July 30, but it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.
If you are a regular reader to this blog and live near us or by Skyline Drive and Brer Rabbit Drive don’t be shocked if you see us on a run and we do nothing more than “dance it out.”