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, June 11, 2010

Week in Review

Whoa... those of you not reading me through an RSS feed may have noticed some CRAZY changes this morning.  Just changing things up.  Blogger led me through changing the layout all up, and I added my silly twitter feed at the bottom of the right side.

Enough craziness.  Time for running:
  • Friday: yeah, nada.
  • Saturday: 10.6 w/a friend along the river.  Felt good throughout the run but was drained afterwards.  Humidity will do that to you, I guess...
  • Sunday: rest.
  • Monday: 5.2m with the Runner's World group. A tempo run only a tad slower than desired. I felt like I was flying. Was it my natural abilities, or the iced mocha I had with lunch?  Mad skills.
  • Tuesday: Student grade complaint meetings took two hours longer than expected and planned trip to IKEA became an epic adventure, complete with road rage (a crazy woman threw her car into reverse on the highway to try to hit us before aiming a glass bottle at the side of the car).  In other words, a rest day. This is why I don't care for evening runs - too easy to postpone them.
  • Wednesday: 4.6 with Runner's World.  Hill repeats.  In the pouring rain.
  • Thursday:  Woke up dead from the hill repeats, and then a friend offered to share his (free!) Mets tickets to the 7pm game.  Foiled by the evening run again!  Way too easy to spend the evening at a ball game, watching other people exercise.

I think sometimes I take for granted how freaking amazing it is to be able to run in Central Park whenever I want.  I mean, on Monday, I was even bitching about the hills as I was running along.  And then I got to talking to someone about how often you can see celebrities in the park.  I've seen Uma Thurman along the reservoir, Al Roker announced on the Today Show that he's out there twice a week doing a 4m loop, and the woman I was running with has seen/knows people who have seen Kelly Ripa (tiny in real life) and Elisabeth Hasselbeck (I loved her when she used to host "The Look for Less," but then she married a football player and went on The View and became completely uninteresting to me).  On Wednesday the park was nearly empty due to the pouring rain, but even that was neat.

I think I've decided that I'm excited about the New York Marathon coming up.  I still haven't decided exactly how I'm going to train for it - I've played around with some training schedules, working from Hal's Intermediate II and trying to adapt it around the races I know I'll be doing this summer.  I have an okay base going into training in terms of the long runs, but I need to get more consistent, in particular with consecutive days of running/hard workouts.  I rather intentionally don't have any goals yet, but I like the idea of going into training feeling strong and good about it.


  1. I like the new layout - snazzy!

    I've never even been to NY (I know, I know), and the thought of running in Central Park is just thrilling :-)

  2. Never been to New York! The scandal :)
    You have a running partner here should you ever find yourself planning a trip!

  3. Thanks, T! I hope to make it out there someday soon. I'll keep you posted :-)

  4. The new layout is clean and sleek. Also, the lack of NYC visitation is indeed scandalous. Indeed.