August 14, 2005
This weekend I did not have to work overnight Saturday (yay), which meant that I could get to bed early enough to get up early enough to go run with people today. I hadn't run with the running-club people since May, and I was sort of looking forward to 16 miles with company.
Some things never change. I went out way too fast - my 2nd mile was 7:10, which is too fast for me at the beginning of a medium-long run (or any run, for that matter). After the first 4-mile loop I tried hanging with some people I used to run with last summer, but I couldn't stay back and ended up running alone at some pace between the fast and not-as-fast guys. Why does sub-9 sometimes feel like a struggle but 8:30s sometimes feel like a crawl? With 6 miles to go, we parted ways for good, and I ran in solo. By then it was sunny, 82F, 100%RH, and a lot less pleasant. Now I'm all tired and tight and sore, and I wish someone had slapped me during the first loop and then a few times thereafter.
I found myself watching - and enjoying - the PAX coverage of the World Championships. Not that I enjoyed PAX's coverage so much (today's was delayed by the end of a Tampa Bay Devil Rays game, fer chrissake), but track and field seems a lot more interesting to me this year. Of course, I was mainly interested in the marathons, but the rest of it was kinda cool too. I think I read more letsrun forum posts this weekend than I have the whole rest of my life up to now. My general impression of letsrun is a lot of boys posting aight, u r a fag, i run 13:28, that one gurl is hot, but this weekend at least they were talking about the championships. Hardly anyone else was.
Instead, coolrunning has been infested with wingnuts insisting that our boys in Iraq are there to protect our (US) freedom, that gas prices are being raised to fund the Iraqi terrorists who masterminded 911, that it is self-centered and egomaniacal and unpatriotic to go to a running forum and talk about your training and your races and your goals, jeez louise. This kind of talk has popped up the the masters forum, of all places, which is usually too friendly-folksy for misanthropes like myself but has remained the one forum immune from fighting and biting. Anyway, I have just about given up on that site (except for the running log) for good. The only things that hold my interest are a couple of very smart people in the clubhouse and the sporadic attempts to bait or mock maryt.
But I am a running-forum junkie. How will I satisfy my addiction?
Posted by joe positive at August 14, 2005 5:30 PM
Good grief, aight! i run 13:28, for one mile of course! Can't say that one gurl is hot, haven't seen that journal, yet, or asked my fast friends, but sounds like u r a fag, plus overtraining for sure, of course, like my fast friends warn about, plus Catherine who doesn't need rabbits unlike that other poor girl who dropped out of the 2004 Olympics in Brazil, with gadgets, and not enough salt, who might want to check in w/ the masters forum!
So, looks like you agree with me after all, but just wanted to start fighting! Don't understand, of course, was just asking a question, since my fast freids areout of town, and Mr. T is busy stocking up on salt! Nice blogg, for a nonscienetist of course! LOL!!!!
Posted by: merrytee at August 27, 2005 3:35 PM