Saturday, February 14, 2009

Long run!

I must say that there is nothing quite like the mood of goofy exhilaration I fall into after getting home after a good long run.

I cannot write the incredibly long musing I would like to, I need to shower & eat something & get out of the house and en route to New Jersey for a family event - but a few miscellanous thoughts:

No shuffling this week, that is one of the mysteries of life! No knee soreness or calf stiffness to speak of, and best of all no foot pain. I was mystified by why my feet were so sore last week, both during and after the run, and then it occurred to me that actually (yes, I know I should log miles on shoes!) I have done probably about 95% of my run miles since mid-September in a single pair of shoes, and that it was not surprising that the cushioning should be totally shot. Zappo'd a new pair and wore 'em today and it was amazing what a difference it made - feet were like sort of blissful little pillowy things instead of strange bunion-shaped sore bony appendages!

3:24 total time for 18 miles, that is not at all fast but it is almost ten minutes faster than last week - I am glad that I can mentally categorize last week's one as an anomaly - today I felt at a comfortable pace throughout and picked up in the last couple park miles because I suddenly had the scent of home in my nose (food! hot water! blog!) ...

Upper 30s and sunny - in a way it is a pity I have not had more thoroughly Antarctic conditions these past two weekends, but it is probably just as well, I am under a lot of work stress just now (not bad, just busy!), anything that makes it easier to get out there and stay out there is good.

I feel that there was a whole other angle that I was eager to develop in this post, but it now escapes me! Oh - yes - (apt!) - I have completely misplaced my Polar HR monitor. So no lap splits - the Nike sport watch I used today is primitive, it just has stop and start but no laps!

I am still hoping it will turn up - I should check at the lost and found at the gym, that is the only place where it seems at all likely that I could have left it (i.e. in a pool locker) - but I had been wearing it for the last few weeks instead of a regular watch because the battery died on my real watch and I hadn't had time to get it replaced, so I suppose it is possible I took it off while teaching & forgot to pack it up again while putting things back in my bag....

I can get by without it for a while, but I hope it turns up again - if not, it will just have to be written off as a casualty of the insane multi-tasking lifestyle of the last few weeks. Last week I also misplaced three commented-upon papers (fellow teachers will be groaning in sympathy, there is nothing like losing a paper one has already written the comments on - those comments are written in blood!) and had to get the students to e-mail me clean copies and do them again - and then on Friday I found an interoffice mail envelope in my box, some good samaritan had clearly found them and returned them to me, only too late, I had already done the new ones - I think I must have left them inside the lectern in the lecture hall, it has a sort of cavity that often has surprising things in it (most disgustingly but also comically, in recent weeks, a nearly full and very cold cup of coffee!).

I am devoutly resolving not to set myself up for another stint like this anytime soon - at least not for another couple of years! It has been a real humdinger...

18 lovely easy miles

4 comments:

Wendy said...

New Shoes!!!!!

(Glad it was a good run. Enjoy the dinner!)

Becca said...

Jealous! Spent most of the day (happily) in pajamas and bed, then went out a little past 3, all dressed up for Valentine's expedition with girls, discovered perfect running weather, and felt regret! (Though not too much.)

Danielle in Iowa said...

Yay for good long runs! I guess that is what keeps us coming back!

ShirleyPerly said...

Hooray for a good run and new shoes!