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"

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy birthday to me!

Let me start by saying: it's not actually my birthday.  That was back in May.

BUT.  I did get to pretend that it was my birthday when a box of birthday presents arrived from my sister in the mail on Monday.

What did I get?
-a case of lemon-lime Clif Shot Blocks
-a case of chocolate chip Clif z-bars
-a sportsbra
-three tubes of Nuun (two cucumber-mint, one citrus fruit)

And then, of course, about five minutes later this happened:

It wasn't just the birthday box that arrived today, though: also a box from RRS! New compression socks and a new foam roller!

The compression socks are the CEP variety.  RRS doesn't carry them in a women's L, so I had to order a men's.  Now I'm paranoid that they're too long, but I'm also too cheap to deal with returning them to RRS (at my expense) and then paying more for a new pair direct from CEP.

I also love that Running is Funny linked to me last week.  Thanks again!

That's a lot of Shot Bloks...


  1. YUM! what a great sister - tell me about Nuun...i'm curious about it!

  2. I *love* Nuun! It seems to have the same effect on me as Gatorade, but it's much less sweet. Very refreshing.

  3. Ahhhhh! New running fuel! And new running gear. That certainly makes you feel like it's your birthday! :)

  4. Holy Shot Bloks!

    That looks like a lotta loot.. fun!