Training Day: 65
Miles: 2.7 (strides, treadmill)
Time: 35 min
Shoes: Xero HFS
How It Felt: The run today felt great! I did my best not to look at the treadmill stats, and I was able to recapture the feeling of just running to run. As always, my 180 BPM tunes kept me energized, and the run flew by.
Commentary: Anything good or bad that happened today was overshadowed by my new tattoo!
All but two of my tattoos have meaning. One I got because I wanted to see how small of a tattoo the guy could do, and another one I got because I think Egyptian history is cool. Having lived in Idaho for over a year, it was time for my Idaho tattoo.
Getting a tattoo with my sister is easy because it usually represents a specific, memorable event that happened during our adventure. Other tattoos take some careful thought.
Since moving to Idaho, I’ve done some hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking and fishing. But I’ve done all those things other places as well. Soaking in hot springs is one of the main things I do mostly in Idaho. Sure, I’ve been to a hot spring in Oregon and one in Utah, but I’ve had many a hot spring adventure in the spud state.
In my younger years I picked most of my tattoos from the flash around the studio. Now that I’m older I only want custom tattoos. I want them to be mine and mine alone. So, I commissioned a local artist to draw something up for me. She wanted to post it on her Instagram and make prints of it, but I politely declined. It’s all mine!
When I brought my drawing to the tattoo artist she made a comment about altering it to make it unique. It warmed my heart that she wasn’t willing to do a carbon copy of an image for a tattoo, that she wanted to personalize it for the individual. I informed her I had it commissioned, and she was delighted. I think we both impressed each other.
After work I went straight to to the tattoo shop. Cortnee and I talked the entire time, and it was all good conversation. I picked a great, talented artist, and a great human to do my tattoo. I am beyond happy with how it turned out, and I can’t wait to go back!
Endlessly seeking adventure.