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 1, 2011

Happy birthday, AMERICA!

And just like that, the year is half over.

IF - and yes, this is a big if since I'm seriously lagging from lack of sleep this week - IF my weekend goes according to plan, here is how I will spend it:

Saturday: I will meet the Van Cortlandt Track Club and run with them. Right? Yes, I will. Something on the shorter side, maybe only 5 or 6, but I'll do it.

Sunday: I will meet the New York Running Company's marathon training program for a 4-6m run. I'm going to try to give this a go, I think. I went to an info session Wednesday evening, and I'm potentially maybe kind of excited about trying it. The coach said that their program would be flexible and would top off about 55-60mpw, which sounds good to me. It's free! You should do it, too.

Monday: I will run the Holiday Marathons July 4th half as my week's long run. It's supposed to be nice weather so I have no excuse not to. It's free! You should do it, too.

Right? I will, not I might. Right?

And yes, this is a break from how I usually spend the 4th of July, which is sitting home in my underwear eating cheese. (True.) Except for two years ago, when I went to the top of the Statue of Liberty the day they reopened it:

...and met Anthony Weiner. Well, sort of. I mean, he was there, and I was there (he's on the left):

And then I went home and ate cheese in my underwear.

How will you celebrate your independence weekend? Please, someone tell me that they have more exciting plans than I have?


  1. Wait, did Weiner sextext you too and you've been keeping quiet?

  2. Weiner and cheese - not sure if you will ever be able to top that!! Sounds like you have one hell of a hardcore running weekend on your hands - enjoy enjoy!

    I'll just be hanging with houseguests and racing on Sunday. Woot!

  3. If Anthony Weiner had sexted me, I wouldn't be able to shut up about it. I would be shouting it proudly from the rooftops. Sadly, he hasn't... yet. I'm still receptive, Rep. Weiner, if you're reading this.

  4. Darn politicians never come through when you expect them...

  5. I'm thinking of trying the NYRC's Sunday marathon training program, too! For freeeeee! I don't know if I will make it this weekend, but if I do I will say hi. I hope you'll report back about how you like it.

  6. Oh, Tara, you should do it! Did you go to the info session on Wednesday? They're supposed to send out the training schedule today, and I can send it to you if you don't get it. I'm going to go over to your blog and leave a comment to make sure you see this.

  7. Your plans sounds fun to me! Lots of running = FUN!

    We are going to my parent's place on the Mississippi River to boat and all that. And there will be running for me too :)