June 11, 2008
"I applaud your nothingness"
My body is starting to become predictable again, and I love it. At the moment I'm not being assailed by pains of unknown origin and duration; the aches arrive because of something, last long enough to make me take it easy when I should anyway, and magically recede in time for the next workout. Consider:
Sa: 5k race, better than expected. A leetle tired afterward.
Su: 17mi in the hills with fast people. Afterward, L quad is nice and sore.
M: 6mi incl 2 hard-ish at the end. L quad is certainly sore, but the hard part is just 2 miles so I resolve to get it over with. Afterward the L quad is pretty damn sore. Treat with epsom salt baths and capsaicin cream.
T: 8mi at 9:40 pace (yup); L quad is kinda sore before the run but warms up nicely. More capsaicin cream, please.
W: Track workout in the AM, and the L quad is no longer sore! Afterwards, I'm a tiny bit sore, but I don't have to run hard again until Saturday.
Magic, I'm sure of it.
Track this morning was 1x800, 2x400, 1x1200, 2x400, 1x800, 2x400 with less-than-runtime rests. I ran with a slightly faster group than last week, but the pace was still comfortably hard, with the emphasis on comfortable. This is perfectly fine with me; I don't have to work so hard, and I think the tempo-y pace is more beneficial for marathon training anyway.
I had lunch today with a friend I hadn't seen in years. He asked me about running marathons and what kind of times I ran. He doesn't know anything about distance running so he was awed by what I told him. I explained that the fastest women in the world run marathons about an hour faster than I do, and the qualifying time for the Olympic Trials marathon is quite a bit faster than I will ever run, and my times are nothing, really nothing. And he said, "I applaud your nothingness." That's the nicest thing I've heard in a while.
Posted by joe positive at June 11, 2008 8:07 PM
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Posted by: Alejandro at June 11, 2008 9:08 PM
Yeap, I applaud your nothingness too.
Posted by: mindi at June 12, 2008 8:55 PM
What they said! I find your 'nothingness' quite impressive. You far exceed what I achieved with running.
Posted by: SDC at June 12, 2008 9:16 PM
I love that comment: it gets down to the quintissential nature of running. Results, as I'm learning, come and go, but the act of doing it is a pleasure unto itself.
Posted by: tuscaloosarunner at June 13, 2008 6:22 AM
I also find your nothingness formidable! I was very surprised by your blogs... very good insights about running so boring for some... and a passion for so many. With my speed at the track I often do not want to participate or talk too much about my running to people who are so much better. In the early 2000's are gave myself the name "The Asphalt Warrior" and then dropped it. After reading your comments I put back The Asphalt Warrior on myspace site! Just remember, always do whatever Dror tells you!
Thanks! No Surrendering - No Giving Up (Lance Armstrong)
Posted by: The Asphalt Warrior at June 14, 2008 12:33 PM