Today we witnessed another classic battle of nap v. run, with the most ideal outcome in which both sides emerged victorious. Run did actually take a 5 mile hit because nap went on a little too long, but it’s still the middle of the week, so the 5 miles will hopefully find themselves into the remaining runs.
Because I love circular internet references, I can’t help but to mention this guy’s blog, where he, of course, mentions me and my blog. He claims that my running sometimes seems “positively stupid,” although he is “sorta impressed.” I’m going to go ahead and take both those things as compliments. However it did make me think about how other people regard my running/training. Mostly I write this blog because I need some way to convey all the hilarious running-related things that happen in my life, and for some reason when I try to do so orally people pretend to be really bored and not care. But I never think about what, if anything, people will take away from my actual running strategies/training plan. I’m fairly confident that what I write doesn’t sound like advice or training tips or anything like that, but I would like to emphasize that it definitely is not.
I’ve been running in some capacity for at least ten years now, but up until this fall I had never run more than ten miles without stopping. All this long stuff and higher mileage is new, and I’m still figuring it out. All of my training is pretty much based on the following items:
- Various things I read in books/the internet, and training plans I find and put together in my head
- The fact that some people can run 100+ miles at a time, and if anyone else can do that, I should be able to at least manage 25-40ish miles in an entire week
- I haven’t gotten injured yet
- How often my dog looks like he really needs to go running
- If I can do x number of miles, x+2 to 4 miles can’t be much harder
Some of these things are logical, some of them not. Moving on.
My dad just sent me an e-mail about a 1 mile run happening at my high school on Saturday. The 1st Annual Lincoln High School Community Mile and Mile Relay Festival, to be exact. I already take issue with this, because it bothers me when people put on an event for the first time and call it Annual. They should at least wait and make sure it happens for a second time. My second issue is that it’s $12 to enter. $12 for one mile is way too much – that would make a marathon $314.40. Making races expensive only motivates me to run slower, so I can enjoy my purchase for that much longer. Apparently it’s a fundraiser. Whatever.
I am curious to see how fast I can do a mile. I’d really like to be able to do a sub-6 again, but I haven’t really been doing speed training so I’m quite confident that I can’t run that fast. If anyone’s interested in doing it with me, let me know.
Miles run this week: 20
Miles run in 2010: 257
Theorem: Colleen can run forever.
Proof By Induction:
1. Colleen can run 1 mile. This has been verified experimentally.
2. If Colleen can run x miles, Colleen can run x + 2 miles. This was established in the groundbreaking blog “Running and then Blogging About It” on 3/31/10.
Therefore, Colleen can run forever. QED.