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 30, 2010

Week in Review

It's Friday!  Another week has passed!  Almost May.  How did I spend this week?
  • Friday: I had a workout freakout.  Run?  Long or short?  Bike?  Spin?  WHAT TO DO?  I took a spin class and then ran 3m.
  • Saturday:  I wanted to run Saturday.  I really did.  But then I stayed up until 6am, unable to sleep.  Hours of trying to sleep, reading, cyberstalking old friends and exboyfriends (facebook makes this a lot less satisfying, somehow).  My insomnia is back, with a vengeance, and this is not good.  If you have any suggestions, please share.
  • Sunday: Lincoln Tunnel 5k!  New PR!
  • Monday: Nada.
  • Tuesday: Had an 8-10m long(er) run scheduled.  I got to the gym and it was HOT and CROWDED and MISERABLE and I had a terrible HEADACHE so I bailed after 1.5m.  I was really upset about it when I got home, but it is what it is.
  • Wednesday:  Back with the Lululemon Run Club.  Two lower laps of Central Park for a total close to 5.  It was...  hmm... maybe too fast.  I think my pace was closer to 9:30 than to 10.  Have I mentioned that a nearby GNC sometimes gives us free smoothies afterwards?  Yum.
  • Thursday: 5.6m on the 'mill.
Total mileage:  18m.  It's a priority of mine to get up to 30mpw, and I don't know why exactly I'm struggling with that.  A long run would help, as would just getting out there more.  Lately I haven't been called to run outside, yet I hate the treadmill.  Don't know why that is.  Like I'm afraid of getting mugged (or... worse) or something; I just don't want to run outside, despite the lovely running weather.  

This weekend, of course, is the Broad Street Run.  They capped the race this year for the first time - at 30,000 people.  Pretty huge race.  But no worries about crowds for yours truly, as I am a liar.  Yes, that's right: I'm a liar. 

When I signed up for the race, ages and ages ago, May was far away.  The race application asked, "When do you expect to finish, for seeding purposes?"  My eyes went all dreamy and I read, "When would you like to finish?"  I clicked 90 minutes.  And then, months later, I got this:
2010 Corral and Wave Line Up - Corral Assignment: Green
Corral Assignments and race bib numbers were based on the anticipated finish times that were provided when you registered.  For corrals where there was an overflow of participants, corral placement was based on date of registration.
CorralRace BibAnticipated Finish Time
Elite & Seeded Corral 1-300
Red Corral301-1000Under  1:04:00
Purple Corral1001-45001:04:01 to 1:17:00
Orange Corral4501-10001:17:01 to 1:29:00
Green Corral10001-145001:29:00 to 1:30:00
Gray Corral14501-190001:30:00 to 1:40:00
Yellow Corral19001-240001:40:00 to 1:55:00
Pink Corral24001-310001:55 Plus
Um, oops.  Yeah...  maybe Yellow would be more my speed.  Especially after I snarked out the NYRR for allowing people like me to sneak up ahead of the appropriate corral.  There's no excuse for my disingenuousness.  If I can't start back a corral or two, at the very least I'll stay to the side until the speedy crowds thin.  Even with the ultra-flat, net downhill course, 9 minute miles is pushing it for me - by A LOT.

Of course, there is a small but realistic chance that I won't run Broad Street after all.  I'm not happy about this, but I'm so completely overwhelmed between school and work that taking two days out of town for a two-hour race is an indulgence I can't afford.  There's a 10k I could do up here instead, if need be.  We'll see; whatever happens, you can read about it Monday morning. 

Have a good weekend, all!  Happy running!

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