January 11, 2008
I am cranky
I broke the spring on the lid of our kitchen trashcan - the nifty aluminum bulletshaped one I spied at a yard sale and had to have, for $20, and whose lid snapped at my fingers every time I threw something away. First thing out of bed this morning I broke the spring, and the lid don't snap no more.
The plantar fasciitis in my right foot has flared up for the first time in months, probably due to the nontorrid tinman tempo workout I ran yesterday - 3 miles @ 5k pace + 1min, followed by 5 times up a hill @ 80%, sandwiched in between warmup and cooldown. The tempo miles weren't as easy-feeling as last week's, and it took 3 tries pretty much daydreaming up the hill before I remembered to focus on 80% and what that might feel like. Anyway, it wasn't terribly hard but it wasn't terribly easy, and now my foot is sore.
A guy pulled up next to me on the interstate this morning and blew kisses at me. I think he was in love with my car.
Crappy day at work - 1-countem-1 appointment in 4 hours, which means the other 3 hours are unpaid. The other therapists are complaining that they're soooo busy and they wish some of their clients would cancel. My one client wants only a fluffy relaxation massage (I like to fix things). As soon as I get near her head, my stomach starts growling like a maniac, drowning out versions #17 and #18 of Pachebel's Canon in D and certainly detracting from the fluffy relaxing massage. I apologize for my growling stomach and we laugh, but I wonder what the hell I'm doing here. The room is dark, with drawings and little statues of fairies (and faeries) that belong to the wildly successful therapist who owns the room. I do not believe in fairies, or faeries. Maybe I should.
In the midst of this personal (and financial) self-doubt, my old IT boss emailed me yesterday about some part-time work, about 60 or 90 or 120 days' worth. I really wanted to leave IT for real and for true, but I could use the ego-stroking of doing something I'm good at, and I could use the money. So we're talking about it.
On the other hand, I would like to wish a big Happy McMarathon Day and Lots Of Luck to Ray and Albert, my two friends who are going to run McMarathon on Sunday morning. Recent events have made getting there half the battle. Weather's supposed to be low 60s, very humid but with almost no wind. Not ideal, but better than a lot of raceday mornings I've woken to this year.
Posted by joe positive at January 11, 2008 6:37 PM
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Sounds like good timing for the IT stuff if work is slow right now. Staring into the computer may not be your ideal work right now, but it could be a lot better than being bored (and anxious) staring at faeries and fairies!
Posted by: mindi at January 13, 2008 4:22 PM
sorry for being thick, but tell me if possible just how fast do you do the "3 miles @ 5k pace + 1min"?
I used to be good at math...
Posted by: corrado giambalvo at January 14, 2008 10:57 AM
Mindi: thanks for the encouragement. Unfortunately the IT thing has stalled (we can't seem to get the initial phone call going), so I'm even crankier about the faeries.
Corrado: I am using a recent 5k (19:18) as a baseline, so (5k pace + 1min) = (6:15 pace + 1min) = 7:15 pace. In other words, I'm trying to run 3 miles @ 7:15 pace.
Posted by: joe positive at January 14, 2008 4:19 PM
thanks joe. for some reason i fixated and imagined it would have been 6:15 pace for the three miles, i.e. 18:45 + 1 minute, so 19:45 total, as in a very close to race pace effort... as in 20secs per mile slower i.e. 6:35 pace...
Posted by: corrado giambalvo at January 15, 2008 4:15 AM