Friday, March 13, 2009

It's All Good

I skipped track for the first time this week. And immediately felt like I had just tossed the previous 8 weeks of SOLID track workouts into the can.

But I went to spin on Tuesday (with wimpy spin instructor) and again on Wednesday (with kick-ass spin instructor), AND my calf slowly felt better. I took all your advice and marched back to the shoe store where I bought the evil Saucony Triumphs, prepared for a fight. Showed the guy behind the counter my old NB 1023s, told him my tale, and he said, "Oh no problem. We don't want you to keep something that's not working."

Exsqueeze me??

Come again???

He went to the back of the store and pulled out:

NikeNew BALANCE 1023s, Women's, size 11

Say what????

Yep, he had two pairs of 1023s, size 5 and size 11.

I took 'em and ran.

Shout out to Gotta Run, Pentagon Row in Arlington!

In fact, I ran 5 (ish) miles on the treadmill the next morning, and all was well.

I really like running at the Y on Thursday mornings, cuz the treadmills have televisions, you don't get kicked off after 30 minutes, and I get to flip back and forth between Joe and Mika on MSNBC and American Morning on CNN, which is thrilling cuz I never ever watch TV news other than the great NewsHour. So it's quite a treat, for instance, to see the entire American media industry all camped out in front of Bernie Madoff's apartment, waiting with bated breath, to film a CAR MOVING SLOWLY OUT OF A DRIVEWAY.

I miss a lot, I know, because of my crazy addiction to public television.

Thursdays are usually threshold runs, so the schedule says "6 miles, 2 x 15 at threshold," and I like those because I like talking like a runner. OK, I never actually get up to six miles because I run too slow to get it in AND get to work at a reasonable hour, but still.

Thursdays I always also run into fellow D.C. Tri-club-er, L, who is training for Ceour d'Alene Ironman on June 21, and is already running when I get there at 6 and still there after I leave. Plus, she runs at the speed of light. You go girl.

Thursdays are good.

So the calf is good. Maybe one day it will grow up to be a cow.

Meanwhile, 14 miles is on the schedule, YET AGAIN. I'm sick of seeing that number. Plus, the National Half is apparently next SATURDAY. Who knew?? So I'm thinking I should be tapering.


If you're running the National Half and want to meet the great and very scientific Danielle, gimme a shout. (I don't really answer the phone. E-mail.) We're setting up dinner.

Finally, in other news, I'm thinking of moving to Germany. Hi Jack! And in the great tradition of cliffhangers, I'll save details for another post.



Dan Wanders said...

Hey, great about the shoes. What's all this about Germany? I had you sort of pegged as a Denmark or Sweden kind of gal.

Susan said...

Germany -- do it! Oh the blog posts there'll be!

Petraruns said...

Good news about shoes - did the same myself this week and it's the right move...

Germany? Pray tell?

IHateToast said...

Echt? Warum denn?
Wenn du nach Deutschland hinziehst, darf ich bei dir uebernachten?

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

New shoes...yada yada yada...Madoff....yada yada yada...running...yada yada yada...moving to Germany...............SAY WHAT?!?!?

Anne said...

I love local running stores for just the experience you encountered: such personal service and generous return policies. They "get" that you're more than a sale.

I admit that I've been intrigued by the Madoff scandal but I'm worse than you when it comes to TV. I watch "Cash Cab" instead of the evening news now!

Runner Susan said...

What happened to your plan of moving to Texas? Abandoning me already?!?

21stCenturyMom said...

Oh you know... I got new shoes and I'm thinking of moving to Germany - WHAT??!! Please don't make us wait too long.

Kelly said...

Oh man, I love the people at local running stores... or local bike shops for that matter. They are usually really understanding and helpful.

Lesser is More said...

I see how it is - "Anyone running the National Half..." Do people running the full marathon not get invited? I don't know what my schedule is like later in the week, but keep me in the loop if anything is planned!

Calyx Meredith said...

Well I don't think you need to sign up for that writing course at all - because that was a hell of a cliff hanger! (And I'm not a very experienced runner but my understanding is that a 14 mile run is not much of a taper for a half marathon. :D )

Neese said...

lol re: growing up to be a cow. I spent a summer (april-sept) in Frankfurt, Germany in 1991. Just you mentioning living there gives me a dose of sweet nostalgia, I really enjoyed my time there.

LBTEPA said...

Ooooooooooooooooooh!!!!! Tell us All!!!

Nella said...

Glad you found another pair of shoes! You don't know me, but I've been reading your posts and now I'm running myself. Keep runnin' fellow runner gal!

Xena said...

Andre at Gotta Run is good people.
I've taken a couple people there to buy shoes since the staff is generally so good. They can also special order you stuff.

ShirleyPerly said...

I'm so glad they took those shoes back and gave you new ones! And lucky that one of those sizes they had left work for you.


David said...

I thought I told you not to leak it to anybody that we would run away to the forests when school is out.

Jack said...

Ha, now that got everyone's attention!

I have a feeling you will have a lot of guests...our guestroom is free too, by the way...only a bit too far to commute ;-)

Dori said...

I see you more as a London kind of gal. Trying to guess where you would move to in Germany. I'm guessing Berlin, because it's a capital, just like D.C.

I would love to live in Europe. I hope that works out for you.