Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My lone dance move is The Running Man.

I huffed and puffed and blew my way through three whole miles this morning. It was a perfectly overcast morning, one of those runners probably fantasize about (and, since I don’t claim to be a runner per se, I can’t say for certain this is true). Tomorrow the run will be reduced to just two miles. Friday’s a day off. Saturday? 13.1 at 6 in the morning.

It’s funny how one can train for months on end for a little half marathon and feel just as unprepared near the end of training as he did when he started, but that’s about where I’m at. Still, I’ve said before that I enjoy running for the training process and it’s flat-out true—building resistance to hills, being able to run a little longer and better than I did just days before, stuff of that ilk. Once the race actually hits, it’s over within a couple of hours and, well, you’re back to Square One. Whether you do a race after that or not, your training has to begin all over again. I like that part.

One thing I don’t enjoy about races (and this’ll make my third half) is that each comes with a time attached to it. These times become more or less seared on my memory. I know I did decently for my first. I know my trick left knee had a hand in killing my time the second time around. I have this nagging habit of comparing my past time to my present, whether I like it or not. So, while I claim not to be competitive, I end up being so … just with myself. I’d like to improve on what I did before, sure. Can I do the whole thing in under two hours then? Ah, we shall see.

I’m also looking forward to trading my spinach-kale-parsley-mint-pineapple blender concoctions for pizza, at least for a day. Bring on the double mushrooms and cheese.

For a peek at last year’s race results, clickety-click here. Chris, Linda and I (and a barrage of other folks) are doing the same race, all over again.

4 comments:

Sara said...

When you talk about your marathons, I think about how well prepared you would be for The Long Walk. You could win everything you ever wanted for the rest of your life!

tim & brandi said...

My brother is also doing this race and I thought about it for a minute, but I am only up to 6 miles so I decided it's not an option yet. I'm looking for something 1/2 marathon or less to do in the next few months - let me know if you know of something good.

Good luck on breaking your time this weekend!

~b

Dainon. said...

You're aware of the half that takes place on the Strip in December, yes? Or is that too far out for you?

tim & brandi said...

Yeah, may be too far out at that point, but we'll have to see. I'm really looking for something in like September/October.

~b