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 2, 2010

Week in review

  • Friday: 4.5m recovery run.  Slow and easy to recover from crumminess at the race the night before.  Awesome - I needed that.
  • Saturday: rest from running, technically, although I did wake up embarrassingly hungover, which made my bike class and my ride of about 10m harder than it should be.
  • Sunday:  5m Achilles Hope & Possibility race
  • Monday:  Rest.  The Runner's World training program - my M/W workout - was doing cross-training in the peak heat (low 90s today, with crazy humidity).  I bailed.
  • Tuesday: 5.25m on the treadmill.
  • Wednesday:  Rest. Blew off the Runner's World group (again) because I was feeling completely drained.  Shame; it was the first nice day in a while.
  • Thursday:  5.9m.  Do you see that?  Five point NINE miles.  I was so tired, I didn't even have it in me to run to the corner and back to get to 6m.  Ah, well.

Total: 20.65m.  I don't know what's up with me, but I shouldn't feel this exhausted during a week when I took three rest days.  It was blazingly, disturbingly hot for much of the week, and I can never sleep with the air conditioner on.  Plus, I'm freaking exhausted from racing.  Not from the races themselves - my performance, ahem, shows that I haven't been racing them as strong as I could have.  But just from all of the effort involved in getting up early, getting to the start, standing around, etc., all to run 4 or 5m.  I need a break from racing, and maybe I'll be better at it once I restart!

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