Summer time and the living is easy...when you are only marathon training! Gosh, I love being only a runner! I feel so happy with my decision to enjoy summer with my family and only (mainly) run!
And since I am running long, I am back to listening to podcasts on my easy runs. I have recently discovered Radio Lab, a New York Based public radio podcast which I love. Two recent podcasts are relevant to racing/training. The first one is about "human limits" and features Julie Moss (a newbie who placed second in Kona, losing with 15 feet to go, and finishing while crawling; she did minimal training for this race, ate nothing during it, and had never done a triathlon before) and a bike racing experiment (which included a group of experienced cyclists and newbies biking around US on only 1 hour sleep; when cyclists got to the point of hallucinating, researchers actually agreed with their hallucinations and reinforced whatever the cyclists believed; some ended up going weeks after weeks with little food and only 1 h sleep/day). The second one is about a woman who turned to running after developing epilepsy, eventually had lobotomy and became one of the most accomplished ultrarunners (100 to 300 miles!); one of the side effects of the surgery was that she has lost the ability to keep track of time (or better, gained the ability to stay in the present!) such that in races, she has no idea how long she has been running for. How awesome is that? One of my biggest problems with long races is boredom. What if my brain had no idea how long I ran for, would I get less tired? I think so! Can I get some of "that"? Can I somehow achieve the "stay in the moment, don't check the mileage" type mindset? Not sure, but I will start trying!
Have you read any good running books lately? Would love to know. I read Kara G's book and Run like a mother, and I found both superficial and boring (sorry, just my opinion!). Darn, that Matt Fitzgerald better get off his A$$ and right another book!
Training is going well! I am supposed to do a 10K this weekend, but there are none around. I am thinking of doing the Fresh Pond 5 miler, and then continue on for another mile. I will most likely do that although the race is at 10am, and the temps will be super high. Plus, that stinking blister is still giving me issue, though when I run hard I sort of forget about it.
I have changed the email associated with this account. I have been having some problems sending emails out, so switched to gmail, and set myself up with receiving emails in my inbox; hence, I will be better able to respond to comments.
OK, happy summer!
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