I'm very proud of myself for running around in a strange, foreign city like Seattle. Here's a little secret: when you run, you get places faster!! No kidding. I spent Saturday walking walking walking 'til I thought my feet would fall off. If I ran while sightseeing, I thought to myself, I could see so much more of Seattle! And I actually had an entrepreneurial idea: Start a "Running Tours" business. See Paris while running! Speed through Senegal!! It needs some fleshing out, but I know Guy "The Art of the Start" Kawasaki is just waiting for something like this.
Got home Sunday morning at 6 a.m. after a miserable one-stop-in-Las-Vegas- change-planes-in-15-minutes-flight home. Slept Sunday 'til 3ish, then dashed to make my second bell-ringing debut at the thinly attended 5 p.m. service. No one was injured.
I took Monday off, to recuperate, do laundry, clean the apartment that somehow gets dirty even though no one is here. Instead, I spent the morning and part of the afternoon going thru work e-mails. Finally at 3 (and by the way, it was 57 degrees here on Monday. Yum.), I decided to head to the scene of the 200-heartbeats-per-minute crime. Just to prove that maybe I could still run. I thought I'd try for another exciting 60-minute run. Did 30 minutes out, 30 minutes back, and then topped it off with eleven more minutes, people!! My longest run yet. (In case I get cocky, remind me that it wasn't so long ago that I couldn't even run for 30 minutes. But Bex fixed all that. And she didn't even break a sweat doing it!)
In other news, I made the heart-wrenching decision to not run the 10-miler Cherry Blossom. :( I know I'm not ready, and I know I'd be bummed out by not being ready. (I dunno, though, is this a dumb decision? Start the second guessing.) I figure I did an 8k, I'm training for a 10K. It seems like after those two races, then maybe it's time to tackle a 10-miler. Read and discuss.
Finally, I leave you with this story from the Washington Post, which headline is most welcome news: "You May Unrot Your Mind," about "brain training," described as a sort of "treadmill for the mind." As though the treadmill for the body isn't enough torture.