On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

This week's goals

I enjoyed having goals last week, even if I fell slightly short of achieving them. Having completely forgotten that I'd be running a half when I set my goals, I had told myself I'd do a long run - that would have been stupid to do right before the half. And I came up one run short, but I did make it to spinning and I was better about getting enough sleep.

I mean, accountability is part of why I'm doing this, right?  So, without further ado, this week's goals:
  • Run at least four times.  Again, including one speed session and one run that incorporates hills.  This will be tricky as our weather report is showing rain, rain, rain, rain, and rain all week and I'm a wuss.  I give myself permission to forfeit speed work if the track is wet (which doesn't prohibit fartleks, though).
  • One long run, ideally 10m.  This is tricky, too, because I'm headed on a mini-break out of town this weekend from Saturday morning through late Sunday night.  I either need to do my long run on Friday (possible), super early Saturday (as if!), or Sunday, while I'm out of town (that's possible - it would test my dedication, but it's possible).
  • At least one spin class.  I would say two, but - come on! - let's not go crazy here.
  • At least one weight session of some sort.  Ideally, I'd like to get back into a regular sit-up/push-up routine.  There's no reason why I shouldn't be in one; that's so basic and easy and takes no time.  But I'm leaving this pretty broad.  At very least, I'd like to use the captain's chair and the assisted pull-up machine, my two gym faves, each time I go to the gym to spin.

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