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, June 10, 2011

Happy Friday, and my week in running

As you read this, I'm on vacation. Sort of. I'm home, visiting family.

It's been almost two weeks since I last talked specifically about my running. You might not want the gory details, or you might be stalking my running log already, but here you go.

What have I been up to? More running, mostly. The last two weeks, I've run at least 30mpw, and I'm on track to do at least that this week. I've been working mostly on adding mileage to my normal runs and trying to maintain a 5-day a week schedule, and the Jack Rabbit program I've been doing has helped to add some speed, too.

But I've also done other stuff. I've gone to a Total Body Conditioning class at the gym at least once a week for the past few weeks, and I went and did yoga Tuesday morning in Bryant Park. (Lululemon sponsors free yoga classes twice a week - they're crowded, but they're also free. Mats provided, even!)

Of course, what this has meant that I've done the most of is sleeping. Lots of sleeping. The more I exercise, the more sleep I need, and the heat we had this week didn't exactly give me a boost of energy. But luckily my iron pills have. I feel much less groggy than before, even as I'm exhausted.

This weekend, I'm going to try to run two races in one weekend: an easy 5k on Saturday, and a rolling 10m on Sunday. Rest assured I'll let you know how that goes next week!

What about you guys? How is your run going?


  1. Thank you!! I'm dreading the rolling hills of the 10m race, but the 5k should be flat and fast. Here's hoping.

  2. Mmm, I get to head out tonight and do my physical therapy assignment of 1 mile without stopping (unless I'm in pain)... I know it's usually 10 minutes of my time, but I'm scared that I might not be able to do it, which feels ridiculous from a person who usually runs 25 miles a week, you know? Doing PT twice a week is kind of getting old. Not to mention the $30 co-pay each time... Stupid foot.

  3. You're STILL having issues with the PF? I'm so sorry to hear that!!! And I totally feel you. When I had bad shin splints last summer, it was humbling. And frustrating. And expensive.

  4. You are a race beast! Sending good vibes!