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, June 23, 2011

Things that are interesting (to me)

1. Running in Central Park Tuesday night, I came up Cat Hill. There was a guy standing at the top, off to the side of the path. And he had his old school cell phone, and he was taking pictures of girls as they ran by. Creepy! Super creepy! If I could have been absolutely positive that's what he was doing, or if there were underage girls around, I would have considered calling the police. It was that creepy.

Wikipedia says that this statue scares joggers who think it's real.
2. I got BEAT UP in Central Park Tuesday night. Okay, not exactly a runfight, but I do have bruises from bumping into people running (and I really can't tell you how many times I was sworn at). The park this time of year is just that congested. You've not seen anything until you've seen the 100 person strong Team in Training group dominate the narrow path. (They were not the ones who beat me up, though. I fell victim to the speedy ones.)

3. Ha ha ha! I knew it! You've probably seen this already, but the "don't increase your mileage more than 10% a week" rule is unscientifically proven and basically doesn't hold water. I KNEW IT. Yes, caution is always smart. But my body really doesn't have any sense of what 10% is.

4. While I was running yesterday, I overheard a woman say to her friend, "I think they have beer at the end of all races. I mean, they had it at the end of my half, anyway." Oh, honey... would that.

5. The mystery of why all recent race shirts are orange deepens. When did this trend begin? I have a Chicago Marathon 2010 shirt from last October that's also orange (I'm wearing it in this photo). Are Nike, who made the Chicago shirt, the fashion leaders responsible for this orange shirt craze? How far back can it be traced?


  1. When I saw the NYT article, you were the first person I thought of - and I assume the "speed work unproven to make you faster" article is only weeks behind!! :-)

  2. You orange Chicago shirt was purchased though, so your own doing... (I bought a white one, but remember, the race shirt was red.)

  3. OMG, I was so excited to read that NYT article too! I've been wondering lately how the heck my body understands the differents between 10% and 12%, etc. Validation!

  4. I had the same reaction with the 10%!

    Re Orange: my Ragnar team voted for orange for the team shirts we ordered. I think there must have been some subliminal message sent to runners and race organizer that orange would be the color of the year.

  5. I always feel guilty saying this because 1) I feel like I also lose track of how much space I'm taking up when I'm running with a group...sometimes; 2) They are raising money for charity and all, but always having to move out of the way for TnT and all the other huge running groups in Central Park drives me absolutely nuts. And now I'm on the record as having said it.

  6. i love that the 10% is bs. its like really dumb.

    also i love orange so im ok with it but i think everyone used to hate orange and so its cheaper and now races just expect it.

    miss chatting with you!

  7. I was so happy when I saw the 10% is BS study! I just knew it! I had to rack up my miles really fast last year to catch up for marathon training, and I was fine!