Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday run

A really good Central Park loop with C. and Triathlete L. I was a little worried - my legs were dead yesterday, I was afraid I would have to go slowly today! But mysteriously I felt very strong and powerful - I was running smoothly and fairly hard - we were quite a bit faster than last week, too.

Some stomach trouble in the last couple miles - I must figure out what I can do about this, it clearly happens as a result of tipping up over my lactate threshold (i.e. Harlem Hill). We slowed down a hair and I was OK making it to the end of the run, but in a long-distance race situation where I still had a lot more miles to run I would have had to have a couple of toilet stops - not good. On the other hand, in a non-hilly non-hot marathon there is no way my heartrate should get nearly that high until the last few miles of the race. Something to ponder...

6.1 miles, 51:38, 8:28 pace (avg HR 161, max HR 176)

Training is having an effect?!?

On the subway home, I saw something that totally made my day. It was utterly magical! An elderly black man, in a Kangol cap and a rather Dickensian overcoat (it's still nearly 70 degrees here!), was sketching commuters. He had that darting gaze that is the true sign of the high-speed portraitist, and he was most extraordinarily talented - you often see artists in the park and such-like (or at shopping malls!) doing a pretty awful job (generic flattering non-differentiated scrawls), but this was the real thing. It was utterly captivating watching the likeness emerge on the page, with his darting glance jumping up for a split-second assessment of the subject's features and then back down to the sketch with pencil or soft rubbing tool or eraser. Pure magic!


Wendy said...

Excellent. Except the stomach issues.

And a very good subway bonus!

Levi Stahl said...

That odd inability to predict, before a run, how one will feel on the run is, weirdly enough, one of my favorite aspects of running. At the same time, one thing that running five marathons has taught me is that marathon training is specifically designed to make you able to keep running on a dead-leg day until the dead legs are earned rather than the product of happenstance.