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the long run… round 2.

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2011 at 12:16 am

I’m beginning to think the ‘long run’ – oh, the jargon I am picking up as I chip away at this running/training thing – and I are not compatible.  I was looking down the barrel at 6 miles for this weekend, and as with last week’s 5-mile assignment, I was trying hard to get excited about it. (The challenge! The sense of accomplishment! The possibility of a taste of runner’s high!)

Last weekend, I waited too late to head down to the state park in Va. (was on a family trip), and as mentioned here last week, my run was miserable and hot. This weekend, Hurricane Irene wrecked my long run plans — her rains arrived a couple of hours ahead of time on Friday (when I planned to go), stayed all day Saturday and left my running spot @ a state park closed down until noon today … about 3 hours and 15 degrees of heat too late for me. I realized I don’t have any backup spots for a long-ish trail/non-hard-surface run.

Which leads me to tomorrow morning as a backup plan… MONDAY morning. Attempting a distance far greater than I’ve ever tried before — though I am taking walking breaks, 6 miles may as well be a marathon for me — on a MONDAY MORNING is a lot for me to wrap my head around, but I’m going to try. And soon I will have to return to this spot and report in … did I go or did I wimp out?  Hopefully, facing that potential shaming will help me get it done.



In the Long Run …

In running on August 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

Today, I’m supposed to attempt 5 miles … not nonstop running, however, so the walking breaks will make it better. Still, if my knees and I make it, it will be the longest I’ve ever gone. Because I’m so far behind and my knees have been achy in the past few days, I’ve been dreading it on one level and on another, I’ve been antsy to get out and see how it goes.

I’m flying by the seat of my pants on strategy because I left NC without the sheet of paper on which my running adviser  (shall I call him Coach K? that would probably not make him happy) wrote down my training instructions for the week. Too bad.  I have vague memory of some of the details, but will probably wing it.

Here’s to success — meaning that by the 4.5 mile mark, I am still able to run part of the remaining half mile and my knees aren’t screaming at me.


Although, as defined so loosely in that last paragraph, today’s ‘run’ was successful, it was in reality, miserable. Well, not miserable in the strictest sense, as I was too much of a wuss to have gotten too miserable.

It was disappointing and discouraging and unimpressive. While it was humid-ish (75 % or so) and I waited too late to start, I found that I couldn’t hit my stride and get a comfort level w/ the exertion (I guess that having a comfort level with exertion is a contradiction in terms?). After awhile, I was stopping every few minutes to walk, and it seemed as if the 5 miles would never end.

Only up side — beyond the fact that I went through with it at all after a weekend of feeling rundown — is that I made it through 5 miles of running and walking, however pitifully, without my knees blowing out.

I need to regroup with myself (?) and see if I can find my confidence again. When I have confidence, the fatigue doesn’t take charge like it did today.

Writer’s block

In writing on August 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

Need I say more?

Let the great last-minute reading sessions begin…

In reading on August 1, 2011 at 12:09 am

Book group is two days away. We’ve had a month off because of summer — meaning two months instead of one to read the book — and I’ve had this month’s book, Let the Great World Spin, in hand for at least six weeks.

But I’m probably not even a third of the way through, so as usual, I’m going to have to have marathon reading sessions to finish in time. I’m hopeful that I’ll get it done this time; people have been so passionate about this book that I’d hate for it to join the sad shelf that is home to ‘Books I Almost Read.’

This disappointing track record of mine is one of the reasons that ‘READ’ is one of the three points of focus in this blog. My book group is made up of thoughtful, passionate women friends, and our reading list over the years has been diverse and introduced me to things I would not have chosen or been aware of on my own. It’s a given that things will sometimes come up that makes impossible to finish a book on time, but when I let time get away from me over and over again, it’s a wasted opportunity.

A new book group ‘season’ is starting in the fall, and I hope that being more aware of the time I devote to reading (via tracking it here) will help me become a finisher.

Incidentally, my book group is called the Red Tent Book Club, a name chosen because several of the founding friends had read Anita Diamant’s book and said the name was apropos. Despite good intentions over the past five years to read the book that inspired our name, and despite buying a copy at the used book sale last year, it still sits on the ‘Books I’ve Wanted to Read But Never Actually Do Read’ shelf.

I hope that one of these days, a post will appear here to say that I’ve moved it to the honored Books I’ve Read shelf.

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