13. Freshness, part 1. I try to cut down on the wear and tear (via washing, drying) of my running clothes by wearing them a second day, but afterwards, I can't stand myself. I no longer feel like a delicate flower. I guess I need to increase my stock of comfortable running clothes.
12. Freshness, part 2. If you mix up a gallon of Crystal lite you'd better drink it soon, or put it in the refrigerator. Don't ask me how I know this. Just trust that I do.
"Um, closing in on 30 pounds," I said..
She dropped her voice lower, looked around and said, You all right?
I mean, are you okay?
OH. Yes, I told her, I'm okay! I've just been doing a lot of running and weight watchers. She seemed relieved. She was quick to assure me that I didn't look sick or anything, she was just concerned.
But enough about that.
Well, in ultras, your quads are key. Have you ever done a long downhill only to find that your quads were a quivering mass of uselessness at the end? That's what we're trying to avoid.
The first week, my knees and ankles were aching, and my quads were useless for the next three days. This week, no pain. And, the run was slightly faster.
Of course, the rest of the week, I have to run up hills, too.
9. Creepy. I repeatedly get reports from old-school clinicians that describe teenage girls as "pretty" or "attractive". Not very clinical or objective, IMHO.
8. Minimalist Running, part 1: Barefoot running has, ironically, become a million dollar industry, as evidenced by this website I stumbled on at Zensah.
7. Minimalist Running, part 2: Presenting, the anti-minimalist shoe. or the maximalist, if you will: the Hoka. Sweet Baboo saw about four people at Leadville with what he called "Giant Sponge Shoes".
5. Old friends. Unfortunately, I've discovered an old friend from my thinner days. Why, hello low blood sugar! Fainting spells, pull up a chair--it's been a while!
3. DNS. Having said that, it looks like Redman is out. I have two off days a week to cycle and swim, and I'm too tired on those rest days - I actually need them to be days when I rest, or do yoga. I had this crazy thought that I could fit in work, grad school, 100-mile run training, and iron-distance training. Even my crazy-assed ultra friends stared at me skeptically. What was I thinking?
So, I had a choice to make between the two, a 100-mile run, which I've never done before and am not sure I can, that involves a short half day of driving out and back, or an iron distance triathlon, which I've done before, involves a minimum of a day's drive and carting around 2 bikes and other gear. After thinking about it, I chose the 100-mile run.
To be honest, I know it sounds strange, but I'm a bit burned out on triathlon. Ironman training was getting to be quite a chore that was anti-enjoyable. 8 hours on a bike - and that was half my weekend. I'll still do triathlon, but at shorter distances, probably 70.3 and down. I'm done for this season, though.
I'm sorry to anyone who was planning to meet me there. On the other hand, if you've not doing anything and want to join the party at Javalena Jundred in October, c'mon out and see the crazy ultra runners.
2. Music. I finally have the perfect mix on my iPod shuffle. There's no reason why that should matter to do. But there it is.
September is a busy month. This weekend, I"m doing the "turtle marathon" down south of here. Then I'm going to be doing Rio Del Lago in California next weekend, and then the following weekend a local half marathon (Chips n Salsa, I there better be some at the finish) and then the DoWackaDo 50K. I'll be training through all these. In fact, they're expensive supported training runs. With a Tshirt and food at the end.