And as planned, I did escape work at 5:30 (but barely made it to speedwork on time, thanks to delays on the 6 train!) Our workout was 10 laps of the dog track…
All sub-7 considering I was still feeling that giant (10 oz) appletini I had at lunch? Wonder what I could have done had I not been drinking that day 🙂 But it was good to see everyone, I hadn’t made it out to speedwork at night in a month and a half! I know I sound lame, but that was it for the night…I was beat and there was still running and work to be done the next day, and the next…
But no fears, I do plan to celebrate my birthday in style, and that will be tomorrow night. Better to live it up on a non-“school night,” right?
Oh, and in deja vu from last year, MS sent me flowers again for my b-day. This year, however, 1-800-flowers did not screw up, and he used a pseudonym on the card…as last year the receptionist called him up to ask why he was sending “I love you” flowers (1-800-flowers’ screwup) to me when he’s married. So the fake name was in case said receptionist was reading again.
And I still need to pick out my big present…a new digital camera!! I have an idea which one I want…recommended by a friend of mine. And my aunt and uncle say a “special 30th birthday present is on the way”…intriguing. And of course, I would not mind a belated birthday present on Sunday.
Final running note…I know this article has been discussed to death, and I’ve commented on other blogs, so I’ll just put what I have to say here…in a central place of sorts.
I do know that it can take a 5 hour marathoner just as much training, effort and heart as a 3 hour marathoner can. It doesn’t make someone less of a runner/athlete because they are not genetically programmed to run 6 minute miles. So therefore, I don’t agree with the author’s point of “slowpokes ruining the marathon.” And everyone has to start somewhere…and as I have posted before, one of the special things in this sport is that ever so often, you can toe the same start line with the best of the best.
However-this may sound a little harsh, what I don’t like seeing in this sport is people who really don’t “respect the distance.” Who want to just run a marathon because it’s the trendy thing to do and really don’t put the effort into training for it. Why do I think that? It’s situations like this why you see groups of people cutting a course to beat a cutoff time (as was shown at last year’s Marine Corps Marathon.) Or even worse…could lead to injury and burnout very early on…it’d be a shame for someone to really not get the full benefit of how much fun running and smart training can be. I know I know-pot.kettle.black. I thought I was doing things right-when I had the marathon on the mind as a goal-I made that a goal for a year or 2 down the line. I started off with shorter distances, before moving up to a half, and wanted to get a couple of halfs under my belt before tackling a full marathon. (And you all know how that story went…)
Then again, I can’t assume everyone is a competitive biatch like myself. And a lot of people tell me that for this marathon, my goal should be “just to finish.” But that’s just not good enough for me, what’s the point of 18 weeks of training for just a 26.2 mile long training run? Yeah, I’m sure I could “just finish” in 5 or 6 hours, but where’s the challenge? How about making the goal “having a marathon performance I can be proud of”? Sounds much better, dontcha think? Set the bar high, but not too high. Hence, the 4-hour mark dancing in my head…
But to each his/her own…(well, as long as you share the road in Central Park! 😀 )