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March 20, 2006


In today's edition you're getting two completely unrelated posts: Part I about running, Part II is kid stuff. Think of it as a buy one, get one free post - except, you know...they're both free.

Part I - Running

I went through last week telling myself that I would do a 20-miler over the weekend.

Then the weekend came, and all of a sudden I wasn’t so fired up.

For whatever reason, the opportunity to spend a couple more hours in bed each morning completely overpowered my inkling to wake up early and spend three hours on the road.

Truthfully, I’m not completely letting my training slide. It’s only been two weeks since Napa, and I’ve still got six weeks until Big Sur – plenty of time to squeeze a few more long runs in before it’s time to taper. I’ve managed about 50 miles each of the past two weeks, with a couple of faster efforts (a track workout and a tempo run) thrown in for good measure.

However, each of those faster workouts beat up my legs much more effort than usual, so I knew I hadn’t fully recovered yet. So the more I pondered doing a 20-miler this weekend, the idea seemed to get worse and worse.

So on Saturday I did an 8-mile trail run in Garland Ranch, and Sunday morning I did my usual 4-mile tempo run. Warming up beforehand, I was surprised to feel my legs turning over without much discomfort. Then I did the time trial, and ended up running my fastest time of the year on that course.

Best of all, I didn’t feel too wiped out on Sunday night, and didn't have any flare-ups of the injury issues I’ve been dealing with off and on for what seems like forever.

That’s not to say I’m in the clear, but I think the legs are coming back around. My endurance is right where it should be, and I’m planning to crank out some higher mileage in the next few weeks. And now my speed is gradually, finally coming back to my “race-ready” standards. In other words, I’m right where I want to be.

Big Sur is on the horizon. I plan on being ready.

Part II - Kid Stuff

Random exchange between me and my son at bedtime on Sunday:

Son: Hey Dad, take a guess - What’s cooler than being cool?

Me (smiling): Ice cold.

Son: How did you know that?

Me: I know that song, man. I’m the one who played it for you the first time, remember? I'm the one who taught [his 2-year-old sister] how to shake it like a Poloroid picture.

Son: But I don’t get it – does he mean “cool” like not warm, or “cool” like a rock star?

Me: Both things, sort of. They're even cooler than cool like a rock star, so you can say they are ice cold, which is cooler than "not warm".

Son: But that’s silly.

Me: Yeah – but it’s kinda cool, right?

Son: Oh, yeah. ..(smiling). It's ice cold. 'Night, Dad.

Me: Goodnight, rock star.


jkrunning--Just Keep Running 3/20/06, 9:21 AM  

That's cute. My kids both love that song.

olga 3/20/06, 10:50 AM  

Big Sir is going to be fun and beautiful!

jkrunning--Just Keep Running 3/20/06, 12:14 PM  

Hey Donald, thanks for the blog visit. To answer your question,JKRunning is not a take off from JK Rowling, but rather it stands for Just Keep Running. One of my favorite movies is "Dazed and Confused" and in the movie one of the characters says he has to Just Keep Livin' and it always stuck with me. SO, during my first marathon, when I was ready to give up, I kept telling myself over and over to Just Keep Running, just keep running, just keep running...thus JKRunning was born.

robtherunner 3/20/06, 12:41 PM  

"My endurance is right where it should be"

I wish I could say the same thing Donald. Glad to hear you upbeat and positive about things. I use to tell me wife to shake it like a polaroid picture, but she did not find it as amusing as I did. And she wouldn't play along either.

Ben, aka BadBen 3/20/06, 1:36 PM  

You've been training smart...you know when to take it a little easier.

backofpack 3/20/06, 2:08 PM  

Once again I am clueless and probably showing my age. Never heard the song, don't know what you are talking about. Guess I'm not cool...

Now polaroids...we had those when I was a kid. I get that!

Darrell 3/20/06, 4:59 PM  

Kids! Don't they just make your day sometimes?! 8 )
50 miles a week even without the 20 on the weekend. Now I feel like a total slacker about taking yesterday off. Oh, well.

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