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, July 23, 2010

Week in review: NYCM training week 3

A few notes:

Badwater ended recently (although it feels like those of us trying to run outside in New York are experiencing our own neverending Badwater).  Did you know that Deena Kastor crewed (on the DL) for Shannon Farrar-Griefer, the woman behind Moeben sleeves?  (I love how the Moeben website features pictures of the sleeves worn for fashion, not running.  I love their sleeves, but let's keep them to athletic pursuits.)

You heard it here first: Badwater is a crazy race that I do not aspire to, period.  That said, I'm open to crewing for anyone who needs it.  I'm awesome fun on road trips, I'm a hardworker, and I used to live in Egypt, so I'm down with the heat when I need to be.  Any takers?

Also, in case you don't get enough of me here, once a week or so you can also check out my NYCM blog on NYCRuns.  I'm supposed to do a weekly update of my training there (creating a narrative story of my training over the next few months that hopefully won't involve the words "can't" or "defer" - I'm starting to get nervous about the race, can you tell?).  I have a very simple outline of things I'll likely write about, but if you have any suggestions, let me know.

Now, what did I do this week?
  • Friday: ran Thursday night, so I took the day off.
  • Saturday: Rest.  9-5 training all day and I lacked the will power to get up at 4:30am.  We had some friends in town who swept us away to dinner right after my training, too.  Lame excuses, I know, to disguise my bad priorities.
  • Sunday: Rest, again.  Turns out the highly-touted "24 hour" branches of my gym ALL close early on Sunday nights.  This is NYC, peeps, and one of the biggest gyms in the city.
  • Monday: 10.25m on the treadmill.  My sister/coach gave me permission to truncate my scheduled 13 due to the heat and my race this coming Saturday.
  • Tuesday: 3.5m on the treadmill.
  • Wednesday: woke up too late to run and couldn't run at night, so I ran some errands on my bike instead.
  • Thursday: 6.77m
20.5m.  Considering that I'm coming off of a cold and my schedule was brutal this week, I'm pleased that I picked up where I left off and am back in it.  With the heat, it's becoming harder and harder to manage my running time, though.

I need to get up earlier, but I'd forgotten the fatigue of death that takes over when I up my training.  Combine my sudden need to get 8 hours of sleep (and physical inability to get by on fewer than 7) with the fact that I don't sleep well with the AC unit on in the bedroom and you have a potent situation for Tracy Fatigue.  I'm tired... always tired... and this likely won't abate until roughly mid-November.


  1. My trainer did Badwater last year! You can read all about it here.

    You're so tired...are you eating enough/the right things? That's made a huge difference in my recovery.

    Trying not to panic about tomorrow's heat and humidity.

  2. I hadn't really considered my diet - that's an interesting point. I know my iron is okay (yay!), but I haven't paid attention to my other nutrients. I tend to try to skate by on too little sleep, which is an obvious culprit. Given that, when I start to up my mileage at all, it's like my body freaks out and FORCES me to get more sleep.

  3. As long as Moeben continues to deluge me with photos of Jenn Shelton, they will have my business.

  4. Maybe I'll try running my next marathon in a bikini to see if I can get a cult following like hers.

    I'm guessing it won't work.