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, August 26, 2011

My weekend is ruined. RUINED!

Original plan: 5k Saturday morning, half marathon Sunday.

New plan: 5k Saturday morning (hopefully), stay inside and batten down the hatches through Monday morning, long run Monday evening.

The mayor preemptively canceled all permits for any event being held Sunday, city-wide, in order to clear the roads in case of an evacuation - thus the half is not happening.

I'll admit: I was secretly more than a little relieved to hear that. I'm no wuss and I would have run in the hard rain and heavy winds, but I would have hated every minute of it. And when you're shooting for something in the 2:15-2:30 range for a half finish, that's a hella lot of minutes to hate (nearly 150, to be precise).



  1. not at bad plan! hopefully the 5k will be fine (weather should be ok, i hear). i was supposed to do the bx half and add 7 miles for 20. i'm thinking now i may try 10 today and 10 tomorrow morning. maybe. good luck!

  2. Well...the way I look at it: as long as you make sure you'll have tailwinds, you'll set a huge PR. Maybe even a new WR.

  3. my weekends ruined toooo! im so jealous of your plan b though! im going to spend all day toying with what i want to do for the long run!!

  4. On the bright side when you do your long run on Monday you will...oh hell, I can't think of anything.

    Good luck!

  5. Gotta tell you....running in the hours before a hurricane hit were some of the best runs of my life. I little wild, a little scary, a lot of childish excitement. Have fun and be safe.

    And if NYC takes a good hit, don't count on that long run on Monday. Been there. Best to play it by ear.