April 23, 2006
I want candy
first, the bare facts:
M: 6mi (9:19)
T: 8mi (8:48)
W: 8.75 incl 9x440 on a different crushed-shell path than last week, avg 85s
R: 9mi (9:11)
F: 9mi (8:50)
Sa: 10.15mi (8:55)
Su: 15.13mi (7:53)
total: 66mi; all singles; 2 good workouts embedded in a bunch of slog
commentary: the various aches and pains (PF, tight hip/butt/TFL) continue to improve, but still they linger, and it's getting me down. I know I'm not helping it with 440s or slightly-too-fast med-long runs, but not doing those things won't help me in the 10K next weekend, so I do them and hope to reach a truce with my right leg. That 10K will be my last race until sometime in August, saith my coach*, so I want to make it good. Besides, the swimmer on the team (it's a tri relay) is taking us out to brunch at an expensive and very good restaurant afterward, so I want to do well enough to feel I've earned it.
I already wrote about the 440s so I'll skip that. The only other notable bits came Friday and today. On Friday I had 9 miles, and the first 7 were so slow that in disgust I did the last 2 like so: (counting) 60 hard/120 easy, 60/90, 60/60, 60/30, 60/trot on home. This morning's 15 was with the Sunday group, which today was increased by one long-lost acquaintance and one track kid, and we goaded each other into dumb-but-fun stuff like running too fast. I'm so glad I no longer have the kind of job where I have to work overnight Saturdays. I love, and sometimes hate, but always love, Sunday group runs.
*Other: my coach, citing time constraints, cut all his online people loose this week, so my husband (who helped out a lot last summer and fall when I was doing the Pfitz plan for Baltimore) is going to be the coach. That is, he'll make the schedule and I get to whine about it. He hasn't given me much to whine about, though - we both learned a lot from coaches K and P, and Mike's schedule seems to take a lot from both. We shall see.
The title of this entry is "I want candy" because I've been craving candy all day. They had half-price Easter candy at the grocery today, including a chocolate cross (which I did not buy) and cadbury eggs (which I did). I can't wait for dessert.
Posted by joe positive at April 23, 2006 4:11 PM
I don't fancy myself 'coach-qualified.' I barely know anything about this sport, but heck, look at that runcoachjasonrun dude. I'm also free. Shoot me an email if you need some 2nd opinions on stuff. Good luck.
Posted by: duncan at April 23, 2006 6:01 PM
re. various aches and pains (PF, tight hip/butt/TFL) continue to improve, but still they linger.
...still they linger, but continue to improve.
Maybe eventually they'll go away!
I've been reading recently about these "new" degree courses at Harvard on Positive Thinking (Psycholgy). Heck, I've been thinking positively for as long I can remember (and before then from what my dad tells me.) Maybe I could get one of these hohorary MAPP titles...
(from the web) "...Growing piles of scientific research are promoted on the covers of magazines like Time, and leading to masters degree programs, like the one centered on the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology. The University of PA offers to professionals, many of whom are working full-time, the chance to earn a pioneering graduate degree from the Ivy League university, with the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP). International conferences on the topic are now numerous...."
Posted by: corrado giambalvo at April 24, 2006 6:01 AM