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, May 7, 2010

Week in review

Friday:  30 minute, sadistic, evil core class and a 3m run.
Saturday:  Rest day.  Woke up with sore, tired legs.
Sunday:  Mourning no Broad Street.  Riverdale Ramble +4 when I got home instead.
Monday: Rest day!
Tuesday:  Yeah, nothing.  Stayed at work until 10pm on Monday and just wasn't feeling it Tuesday.
Wednesday:  Um...  stayed up until 3am making revisions to the diss draft.  It's resubmitted but in poor form.
Thursday:  Um... stayed up until 3am doing nothing.  (And then went to an opening at the Brooklyn Museum with a friend from high school last night, Thursday night, and had too much wine, so today is a loss, also.  No biggie.  8:30am meeting means I would have had to get up at like 6 to run.  Ha ha ha.)

Total mileage:  13.4.  Meh.  Some weeks are like that.

This weekend: Bear Mtn North Face Endurance Half.  Nervous.  Excited.  Slightly scared (that I won't make the cut-off times).

I have very limited experience with trail races.  I did one, inadvertently, for my first half, and didn't realize how hard it was until afterwards when the race organizers were talking about it.  I just thought all races were done on hilly courses and narrow, single track trails.  Then I did another, the Cross Country Challenge in Gilberts, IL.  Hilly, sure.  Fun, yes.  But no snow or mud or anything even remotely treacherous.  The best was a trail race outside of Reading, PA.  Not too muddy that year but certainly a true, slow trail experience.

How will it go?  Details on Monday.

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