Knob and I aren’t so close anymore. Oh, we’re still acquainted, but not intimate as before. Thus, this.
Only 39 miles last week. Seventeen miles up and down Mt. Bonnell the previous Saturday, after two hard 70 mile weeks, left my hamstring and knee tender as a teenager’s heart. Tried 800s on Thursday and had to bail after two. At least I wasn’t stupid and tried to hammer through. So I actually took two (2) days off. Unheard of. Body parts still tender, but manageable.
Notable recent workouts:
8mi: 7:30,7:20,7:10 …. 6:20.
14mi: miles 5-12 at 6:15.
10mi: 2 w/u, [email protected]:40, [email protected]:20, [email protected]:53, 1/2 mi. recoveries, c/d.
Lots of dinky 4-5 milers.
A 2:29 marathoner friend of mine gave me his training log from a couple years ago for an 18 week segment. The above workouts were taken from that, adjusted for my slower pace. Good workouts all. I feel like these type of runs are my bread and butter. We’ll see if it works, this lack of interval and track work. I’m a little scared of the 10K next week, having not raced since June.
About that friend and his log. He took 1-2 days off every week, peaked at 70 miles per week, averaged maybe 45. And ran 2:37 at Austin that year. Talent? Lifetime miles? Quality over quantity? All of the above?
Got my Boston ’09 confirmation yesterday. I’m all in, except for the plane tickets and the crying. That’s my next big race, and it’s six months away. What til then? 10k. 5K(s)? 3M. Whatever. I guess I just don’t race much, only six times this year. For the sake of this blog and my pain threshold, I need to find a neighborhood fun run every month or so.
From the man chosen to dole out the $700 billion: “I am a free-market Republican.” Oh, that’s rich.
Hey, I was a Political Science major in college.
Anybody in the mood for the mother of all rants?
Palin proudly introduced her Down-syndrome baby, Trig, then stared into the camera and somberly promised parents of special-needs kids that they would “have a friend and advocate in the White House.” This was about a half-hour before she raised her hands in triumph with McCain, a man who voted against increasing funding for special-needs education.
Palin’s charge that “government is too big” and that Obama “wants to grow it” was similarly preposterous. Not only did her party just preside over the largest government expansion since LBJ, but Palin herself has been a typical Bush-era Republican, borrowing and spending beyond her means. Her great legacy as mayor of Wasilla was the construction of a $15 million hockey arena in a city with an annual budget of $20 million; Palin OK’d a bond issue for the project before the land had been secured, leading to a protracted legal mess that ultimately forced taxpayers to pay more than six times the original market price for property the city ended up having to seize from a private citizen using eminent domain. Better yet, Palin ended up paying for the fucking thing with a 25 percent increase in the city sales tax. But in her speech, of course, Palin presented herself as the enemy of tax increases, righteously bemoaning that “taxes are too high” and Obama “wants to raise them.”