Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Oh my, it's been a week, people!

That was some good run on Saturday. May the running gods be with me—with all of us—on the 29th, is all I have to say. Thanks for all your swell good wishes!

I went to a wedding Saturday night, did not need IV fluids after my 22 miles, but stayed up waaay past my bedtime (10 p.m.). Sunday was a bellringing performance (for the kiddie service: low pressure, high props, my kinda gig!); and Sunday nite a little dinner party at my humble cottage. That's a lot of interacting for this introvert.

Monday I ran five miles. I told myself I wouldn't look at the watch, and I didn't. Until the end. When I found out I was kind of slow. I mean really slow. I'm definitely getting slower on these mid-week short runs. Is this normal?

Tuesday: off. And tonight was track. My instructions from the little dictator:
4 x 1600 with 400 recovery. And the little vixen said I should try for a 10:05 pace. My butt! After I whined, she said, ok, try for 10:40, but added that "it's supposed to be hard!"

So tonight went like this:
1st 1600: 12:18 no, that was not a warm up. I was actually trying!
2nd 1600: 9:41
3rd 1600: 10:15
4th 1600: um, nope! it was DARK, for pete's sake. I was done.

In another highlight of the week, after seeing the wedding pictures, I decided I needed a grownup haircut. I'm not sure my beloved hairdresser actually got what I was after, since my hair is now very reminiscent of the young Shirley Temple. Sigh.

And in yet another highlight of the week, Miz Finally Running sent me a lovely—and totally unnecessary (but then, aren't those the best kind?)—thank-you gift: Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman.

How does Nora always know exactly what I'm thinking? I can't wait to read this!

But, wait, there's more. Miz Susie had to go and ruin everything by including Dove chocolate-covered almonds with her gift.

Which of course I ate in one sitting at my desk this morning. Now, that was just an evil gift.

In sum, I'm now having to watch another episode of PR (the "reunion special") specifically designed to drag this thing out as long as humanly possible! That, my friends, is just despicable.


Jon (was) in Michigan said...

I'm trying to think what a grown up haircut would look like. Hmmmm.

And don't worry about the speed on the non-speed workout runs. That's why they aren't a speed workout. You will be fine.

Elizabeth said...

Um, I'm certainly no expert, but the week after doing a really long run, my mid-week runs were always much slower than usual. I think that's totally normal.

As for the Dove chocolates... yum! Wish we could be office partners so you could have shared with me.

What's on deck for this weekend?

Lisa said...

I'll bet your grown-up haircut is great. I personally love Shirley Temple.

Enjoy the book and the Dove chocolates. Sounds like a great combo.

Bolder said...

i'm pretty sure we've all agreed that fruit porn is acceptable, Dove Chocolate porn not so much!

WADDLER26.2 said...

You're still in recovery from your long run-slower times are expected. But you had some good repeats in there.

susie said...

What better to give a friend than that which you love yourself?? The Dove's have done me in plenty of times:)
I wouldn't worry about the short runs right now...I'll bet your body is just protesting the long runs! You're gonna be JUST FINE!!

Dori said...

I've been planning to get that book. Let us know how you like it.

I laughed at your coach muttering, "It's supposed to be hard" when she allowed you to run 10:40 miles. My heart would be pounding out of my chest!

When are you going to post a picture of the new "do"?

David said...

Yeah, but you watched it until the end, right?
And what's wrong with your neck? You don't need no stinkin' neck to run a marathon.

Wanna-be 5k-er said...

Congrats on the five miles and the track work. The chocolate looks yummy...

Enjoy the good read!

Black Knight said...

After a good long distance workout a....good chocolate!

The Running Red Sox Fan said...

Chocolate heals all aches and pains!!
You are doing amazing!

Bex said...

Nice speed workout! How's the Ephron book?! And tell me about your long run this weekend.