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, September 17, 2010

Week in review: NYCM training week something

I thought this post needed a picture. I
should not legally be allowed to own pets.
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 4m race
  • Sunday: 15m long run
  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Rest (oops...)
  • Wednesday: 7.5m at HM pace
  • Thursday: Rest
26.5m.  Hm, lots of rest days in here.  Tuesday's rest was an accident (just like I can accidentally run 4 too many miles, I can also accidentally run 6 too few, it turns out).  Thursday was an intentional rest day, gearing up for a weekend of 8-5-18.  Yep.  I had some slight twinges of pain in my leg, but nothing that's caused me any alarm - just awareness.  I've been icing more.  And I got my new foam roller, which I'll be trying.  Honestly?  I'm just not that into the stretching.  It's a work in progress.

I'm trying to be realistic about my race.  Completing the marathon is within my grasp.  Doing well isn't.  It won't be my worst finish ever - thank goodness I got that out of the way last year at Chicago!  It won't be my best finish, either, although had I not been derailed, I think that my PR was within reach.  I'm not going to lie and say that "As long as I finish, I'll be happy!"  I'm going to be disappointed if I don't do well.  But, finishing is my first priority, and I'll be more than disappointed if I don't finish.  (I initially typed some nasty cuss words to describe how I would actually feel about not finishing, but then I thought better and changed them to "more than disappointed.")

And remember my wishful thinking schedule of yoga and spinning classes?  Um, yeah, I kind of didn't do any of that.  Next week is another week...

But at least I wasn't one of these people.  Seriously - go check that link out.  Fitness Fashion Police.


  1. Your cat and dog; hilarious! I do the same silly things to my cats and dog...poor creatures. They don't even pretend they like it anymore...

    Thanks for sharing that link! I actually feel bad about missing yesterday's 6 miler. And it's a rest week...

  2. youre feeling how i was feeling yesterday. super like 'oh well seasons over'

    well guess what, its not. we still have a solid 5 weeks of training. and we can get way more fit and way more strong in those 5 weeks especially with the weather being on our side.

    my goal is to keep my nose to the ground and trust the training. not get bummed out and not overtrain.

    what is your marathon goal? mine is looking more like 4:40-4:45

  3. Jen, thank you so much for that. You're exactly right - that's how I am feeling, and there is still time to get fit. Thank you.

    Which reminds me... I'm exhausted from a crap night of sleep, but it's time to get out there and go running!