The good: Last week I ran 50(!!!) mostly pain free miles
The bad: The collarbone chaffing that I posted about on Sunday is STILL lingering around – except now it is all scabby, and itchy, and obviously sexy.
The ugly: During my run on Sunday, I held up my runner buddy Ryan for a few while I made a quick pit stop in a port o potty.... but seemingly 3 pounds lighter we picked up the pace around 20 sec/mile after that!
I can’t tell you how excited it makes me that I’m back to running basically pain free. I still have aches in my knees, and I wake up tight like a rubber band out of the freezer, but all in all I’m firing on all cylinders. I’m going to post (tomorrow? Maybe?) about what my training looks like now. But suffice to say that I’m focusing a bit more on speed/quality than I am volume...the results of which should be interesting. Afterall, you know what guys say, any more than 3 minutes is wasted effort....
Over the last 5 years, the mixture of running 20 marathons and being lazy by not unsubscribing results in getting a LOT of junk email. Worse yet, it seems like the races that I either did horribly at or ones that I didn’t even run, are the worst offenders. However, in a recent development that can only be described as a mixture of “adorbs” and “squeeeeeeee”, I’ve been put on a mailing list advertising the all female “mermaid” run. Of course, I immediately took to the twitter machine to voice my disapproval.
Of course, since I decided that an all-female race provided a great guy / girl ratio, I did a bit of research into what the race was all about. Although, when I started to read more about it, I’m not sure that some of the race “features” are something that I would necessarily enjoy.
Ultimately I decided that the race wasn’t for me.... no matter HOW well prepared I was.
Additionally, in what can only be described as “the best thing to happen to me all year”, one of my twitter buddies (who is a cartoonist) created the below representing what I assume is me splashing triumphantly as I cross the finish line of the mermaid race. As you can see his artistic ability is matched only by his ability to accurately depict what a half man half mermaid would look like.
Never one to be outdone, I took a stab at my own artistic rendition. I think that you’ll see that the world is missing out with the lack of unicorns and the lack of whatever the hell this thing is. May it bless your dreams or haunt your nightmares.