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"

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Too many bullet points; too few photos

1. The victory that keeps on giving: Yesterday, I got a text that there was fresh seafood in the lobby of my office building waiting for me. The race that I won (remember that?) was sponsored in part by a seafood company, and my shipment of fresh seafood had just been transported from Ireland. I had some last night. It was amazing.

2. I signed up for the Brooklyn Half: Before it sold out. 15,000 runners registered for a local race in less than 10 hours. I <3 New York. And by "<3," I mean, "am continually befuddled by." This race is controversial. I'm (oddly) indifferent to the controversy. But you can read about it here if you want.

3. This: Seriously, read it. A masseuse that bites her clients. I'll admit: I read the article and was torn between feeling like GROOOOOOSS, and feeling like Oooh!WeirdthingfamouspeoplelikeIwantthat! That said, I have one overriding thought: you are not a doctor just because Frank Zappa called you one. He named his kids Moon Unit and Dweezil and sang such classic hits as "Why Does it Hurt When I Pee?"

4. Sports psychology is legit, yo. I mentioned a while ago that I had the opportunity to chat with a sports psychologist about my running. I did. As I was going over my training history with her, I mentioned my little problem with setting PRs while hungover. She very quickly pointed out that probably what is happening is that I self-sabotage as a way of taking the pressure off the race, and then with the pressure off am able to perform better than I expect. Like, whoa. She's so right it's unbelievable. Running is always about pushing yourself and seeing how hard you can go and doing better and setting personal records and competing - but that's not what I get out of it. In fact, that's explicitly what I don't want it to be. I like it for stress relief and me time and relaxation.


5. About a week ago, I witnessed a tragedy: Well, not so much a tragedy as a black eye in the making. I was running with my friend Katie and she fell. You can read about it here. As she was going down, before she landed, before the bad ass stitches, she kept yelling, "I'm fine! I'm fine!" I had to find a way to politely say, "All that blood makes you look like an extra in a horror film and you might not actually be fine."

6. I haven't run in a week. I was supposed to go to Canada this past weekend and run Around the Bay. Instead I was doped up on antibiotics and cold meds. Wah.

13 comments:

  1. Thank yo :) I may still have to blog about that biting thing, because she just creeps me out that much. I think I have a thing with saliva. It reminds me of when your grandma would spit into a tissue and wipe the smutz off your face. ick. Love you grandma!

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  2. When I first read that article, I seriously got the chills thinking about how badly I'd freak out if someone did that to me. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

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    1. And now I want to bite your arm just to creep you out.

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    2. I would probably hit you.

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  3. If Frank Zappa were a doctor he'd be able to answer why it hurts when he pees, no?

    The Brooklyn sellout surprised me too, but since I also signed up for it, I am unable to explain it. I'm just a sucker! But it's in my backyard, so that's my excuse.

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  4. How cool that you won all that seafood and that it rocks!

    Interesting about the race controversy. The idea of the NYRR really interests me. It seems like there are not a lot of races not put on by them? Like there are in Chicago? (Not trying to say either is right or wrong, just asking).

    Wow. What your sports psychologist said really rings a bell for me. I do that, but with food. Hmm.

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    1. You're exactly right, Kim. Where CARA acts as an umbrella organization in Chicago for organizing all of the many local races, NYRR actually THROWS the races in NYC. There are some alternatives (and the number is growing each year), but they essentially have a monopoly on Central Park and they put on a well-organized race, so it's hard to complain too much.

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  5. Ewww, not only for the massagee (is that a word? work with me) but for the massager, especially, because who knows what's on your client's back? YUCK.

    BK Half suckers unite! All of those who didn't expect to sign up but then signed up anyway in the signup frenzy should make a team.

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  6. You are FULL of fascinating stories today... Reading the biting one now. (So weird! I'm pretty sure I'd hit the "therapist" and call the police if someone bit me during a massage.)

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  7. Thanks for the link to my blog post. Regarding the sports psychologist, I totally get it. I have NEVER PR'ed when I come into a race saying "Oh, I'll totally PR today". For me, the PR's come when you least expect them...

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  8. you maam are a terrible athlete and it is not appreciated that you make a mockery of the olympic games by saying you will qualify. lose 30 lbs, drop down to 5:20 pace for a 5k, then we can talk.

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    1. Um, yeah, so... it's kind of a joke. I would have hoped that you would have figured that out.
      And I'd probably need to lose more than 30 to get to the OTs, if we're being realistic.

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  9. Does not look like a joke. Not sure if serious??? How do you run a 5 hour marathon? Do you cover the course twice?

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