4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

Patience, Grasshopper, plus updates

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While I’ve had a good start to the year in many respects, this is supposed to be the year of the bike for me, and I have not been on my bike once!  I sometimes start to get antsy about it, but in reality, the year is long, and the weather will improve, and before I know it, I’ll have no excuse not to ride my bike a few times a week.  So I will sit back and be patient about it…

Same goes for swimming.  I’ve committed to the Red Bank Tri on May 15, and know I need to get in the pool soon to start to get ready for the swim portion, but I just haven’t felt the motivation yet, or the clock ticking loud enough yet, for me to actually get in the pool.  And I’m OK with that.

On the plus side, I’ve been to the gym to lift weights 5 times in the last 4 weeks, although my left shoulder is hurting at the moment probably due to said lifting.  So, you see, there are always trade-offs 🙂  My running has been on fire, with a great First Light Marathon, and high mileage (for me) months in Jan and so far in Feb.  Running is part of how I stay sane with the snow, icy, rainy and cold weather we’ve had this year.  According to my New York Times, we are 2 degrees below average for the year so far, and had 2 inches more rain than is normal.  However, I have not let these conditions stop me from running, and that allows me to feel like I’m getting good work in, while I bide my time for better weather.

I did have thoughts of getting out on my bike, but frozen toes (and other extremities) were scaring me.  I went so far as to go to JackRabbit and buy toe covers, but the sizing was way too small and I don’t have bike shoes, which is how they are sized, so I returned them.  I realized I was trying to force things, and have decided to just slow it down, and wait it out. 

In other news

  • I impulsively purchased Runmeter this week.  Their latest version integrates the GPS technology on the iPhone with Twitter and Dailymile!  So now when I go for a run, my Twitter and Dailymile friends get a notification and can click the map to see my progress.  So cool.  I know Runkeeper has the live map and feed to Twitter, but it is the Dailymile connection that is key to me.  I’ve used it twice and enjoyed it.  Not only were my vital stats read to me on the run, but so were a few Twitter and Dailymile responses.  The only problem is that GPS can be quite wonky in New York City, but I know that and so won’t lose sleep over it.  I can fix the true distance after the fact anyway.
  • I’m excited to be running a non NYRR 5k race in Manhattan tomorrow morning!  Namely the Cupid’s Chase 5k in Riverside Park.  I’m probably not running Coogan’s this year (silent NYRR protest) and so I’m glad I’ve got another option.
  • A week from now, I’ll be headed off on an awesome family vacation to London and Paris – really hoping to get some runs done in those cities…

Enjoy the weekend and good luck to those racing!


Written by SCL

February 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Posted in Reflections

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  1. Yay! I’ll be at the Cupid’s Chase tomorrow, too.


    February 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm

  2. Patience is so hard to come by, especially for runners. I think it’s because we’re used to getting places faster than other people 🙂

    You’re absolutely right, though, it’s still so early in the year. No doubt once the weather improves, you’ll be able to get in the other training that you want and will kick ass in the tri’s!

    Have a wonderful trip!

    Sharon Paige

    February 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

  3. Oh, fun! I was there too but didn’t read this in time. How did you like it?


    February 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

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