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"

Friday, April 23, 2010

Week in Review

Let's see... where did we leave off...
  • Saturday: I went to the gym, ran .5 on the treadmill and was feeling lousy, so I bailed on it to play the fish game on the erg for half an hour.  Huzzah!  Cross training: check!  Un-huzzah - I erg'd it too hard and had blood blisters on my calloused hands!  It's almost rowing season; time to get in rowing shape again!  And evidently use a LOT of exclamation points!
  • Sunday: The aforementioned treadmill incline "run."
  • Monday: Resting from the quad pain.
  • Tuesday: Ran 4.2 home from work.  Lovely weather, lovely run.
  • Wednesday: Lululemon group run canceled due to "weather."  I have to put it in quotes because it was about 55 and sort of, maybe drizzly - not really weather for canceling a run...  But I took that as a sign and went home and rested because I was beat.
  • Thursday: 5m on the treadmill.  In the afternoon, I went to a live taping of the Daily Show and saw Zoe Saldana.  I think her waist is about 18" around.  I went home and promptly went to the gym.
  • Friday:  Nothing yet.  I woke up late and have to rush in to work, so I'll run tonight when I get home.
Total mileage:  14m.  Nothing too hard this week because of the leg, which feels fine right now.  I'd really like to get up to 30mpw - maybe I'll aim for 25 this coming week.  Counting tonight's miles toward next week will be a start to that - actually, maybe I'll do my mileage Fri-Thurs from now on.

Coming up...  I'm going to try do a sort of long run tomorrow of 10m.  Then Sunday is the Lincoln Tunnel 5k, which I'm quite excited about (even if it means traveling nearly 3 hours total to run a race of roughly half an hour).  I haven't done a 5k in ages.  This one won't be ideal as a time trial, since it's half-uphill, half-downhill and IN A TUNNEL.*  But still, I'd like some indication of how I'm doing at shorter races.

Here I am, waiting for a treadmill at the gym Thursday night.  Green shoes and a new camouflage running skirt (can you even see me in this picture, or does my skirt do too good a job of disguising me?).

*I still haven't forgiven Pete Rose for the Pete Rose Way and its terrible tunnelly underpass, which freaked me out bad at the 25m mark of the Flying Pig and caused me to get left behind and finish two full minutes behind my training partner.

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