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, July 6, 2010

Giving myself a 4-day weekend!

We're suffering a pretty massive heat wave here in NYC these days.  But, I am not to be deterred.  Because...


Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be a teenager these days... to say things, earnestly, like "OMFG" or "ROTFL."  I may not have a particularly sophisticated command of English, but I can honestly say I've never used "LOL".

I don't have too much else to say today because I'm off running!  Yes, training technically started yesterday, but yesterday was a rest day.  So I'm starting my training today with an easy 4m + 10x100m strides.  I've never done strides before; isn't that weird?  Fartleks, occasionally.  Speedwork, sporadically.  Strides? Never.

In the meantime, if you're curious, a fellow runner recently ran a contest wherein she solicited "Why I Run" entries.  I entered; you can read mine in the middle of this posting here (it's my blood clot sob story again).  Or, if you're so inclined, you can just skip to here and vote for #34 (me).  I won't be disappointed if I don't win, so feel free to read all the essays for inspiration and vote with your heart if you're so inclined.  (She asked that they be 250 words or less, and I'm always amazed by people who can't follow directions!)

Enjoy a photo of a much younger me about to fall off of a camel until I have more about my training schedule for you tomorrow.


  1. LOL! (sorry couldn't resist)

    I also did some speed work today! 3m total, .25 at 8:30mm pace on the treadmill, with .5 recovery I think (that's how tired I was!). I'm wishing for a nap now.

  2. Ha!
    I was going to head into my office today, until I got an email (and SMS, and phone call) that our building's AC is out and it's an official "heat emergency." So I think I'm staying in to take a nap instead... What a great idea, thanks! :)

  3. Fantastic photo! And i look forward to hearing about your training. I have never incorporated fartleks, hills, speed, etc into my routines. i always just go "Run X miles". I look forward to learning from you!