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"

Monday, September 12, 2011

Weekend wrap-up

The good: 17 miles done on a beautiful Sunday and, miraculously, I passed the shower test with no chafing! (Almost) fall weather... I love it.

More good: I set out with Tara and Emily to run in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. I'd been looking for a change of scenery, and I tweeted Jonathan to see if he had any ideas for courses.


Jonathan sent a detailed description of the course he suggested, including maps and his phone number to call in case we got lost. Even more than that, he offered to meet us at the park, and on top of that he ran us much of the way to mark the course and make sure we made the right turns.

The bad: I slept funny Saturday night and seem to have pinched a nerve in my lower back. In good news, I didn't feel it at all while I was running.

The ugly: That was my second (and last) run for the week. Everything else got in the way this past week, and I let it get in the way. Two runs. That's all. And the other one was something like 5 miles.

I'll be better this week. I will run at least four times this week. Yes. I will.


  1. I will run 4 times too. That's my goal. Life just keeps getting in the way.

  2. I'm struggling these past few weeks to figure out the difference between a legitimate reason for not running and making an excuse. Like, when we hear people say, "Oh, I don't have the time to exercise," it's super easy to kind of silently judge them for not *making* the time. But it's not the time lately so much as just the EVERYTHING. It sounds like you're in a similar place, GG. That said, it's time for me to just suck it up and make running (and thereby myself) a priority, if that makes sense and doesn't sound too melodramatic.

  3. Ahum...you ran a 17- mile long run. Long runs are what's pretty important in marathon training, right? ;) So, f those other runs last week. You managed to do the most important one. :)

    Ha! Sometimes I like the way my mind works. ;)

  4. I like the way your mind works, too. I'm going with it!