I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.
And then my economic spidey senses started tingling. For fresh in my memory was when I was stood up, not once, not twice, but thrice by a drop dead, Playboy-esque girl who had went to school for cosmotology. This observation, combined with my utter disdain for fluffy majors got me thinking;
Was there a correlation???
Do Playboy Playmates pursue easy degrees?
Funny enough to recommend you read the whole thing. Plus, it ends with two important yet contradictory moral lessons.
I've never been a long distance runner, so Saturday's 15k had some surprises in it for me I thought I'd share.
The biggest surprise was how different the long run was in kind, not just quantity, from a 5k or a 10k. A 10 k is really just a long 5k, but the 15k was something else. The change from just a long run to a different kind of run hit me right after 10k. This may be just because that's the longest I've ever run before, or maybe it's that's way for everyone. It happened at about one hour into the run. I started to get lactic acid building up in my big muscles, which has never happened during an event for me before. Also, usually in my training runs of 2 to 5 miles, my fatigue and pain is around my knees, my Achilles, and my knees again. But after 10k, my quads, my hammies, and my gluts were cryin' for momma! Ow!
At mile 7 I had to pull over and stretch for about a minute. That helped some, but I don't think I'd have made it to the half marathon point on Saturday. Hopefully, more training will develop more capacity, but I suspect the training will have to include more long distance runs -- that's over 7 miles -- than me or my knees would really like. I think some of those goo belts and energy gels would have helped too. I'll get some for next time.
At 7 miles I started repeated this mantra to myself: "Pain is weakness leaving the body. Pain is weakness leaving the body. Pain is weakness leaving the body..." At mile 8 I knew I would make it, and even managed to pick up the pace for the last mile to a BLAZING 9:00. Wooooohooo! And then right at the finish line there was the inevitable a**hole trying to sprint past me at the last 10 yards. He didn't look so fast after I hip-checked him into the bleachers, ha ha! I hate those guys. I really, really do.
See you March 11 at the Squiggy Classic -- the kinder are going to run, too.
This morning I ran the furthest I've ever run -- 15 K or 9.3 miles. Not fast, but I finished and I am tickled pink about it. Can a 1/2 marathon be far behind? It cannot! And if a half marathon, then why not a full marathon?
Did another 5k this morning -- the Jingle Bell Run in Tarpon Springs, FL -- and managed to get my pace under eight minutes per mile for the first time in a very long time. Like, about 12 years. Last August, when the kinder went back to school, I got serious about my exercise program. Now, only 16 months later, I am finally starting to run as opposed to awkwardly plod about the neighborhood like a dinosaur too stupid to know it's already extinct. I never would have thought it would take over a year to get the calf muscles back, but it did. To quote my friend Mavich, I was "quite the round hound" a year and a half ago. Being 30 pounds lighter doesn't hurt, either.
The Happy Wife and I both finished 2nd in our age group (and yes, it was a small group!).
Cycle FestListed in Bicycling Magazine’s Reader’s Favorite Rides. Always one of
’s most enjoyable and well organized fall ride events. You will ride mostly on good country roads, with excellent sags and well supported rest stops. Continental breakfast, post ride meal with home-made desserts, plenty of door prizes, and high quality bicycle socks for all. This year’s start will be Lakewood Ranch High School approximately 3 1/2 miles East of I-75 exit 217A (go 2.3 miles East on State Rd 70 to Lakewood Ranch Blvd, then left on LRB 1 mile to LRHS). Contact Susan Hagerman at 941-751-6390. Sarasota-Manatee Bicycle Club,
With unique topography that offers some of the most radical elevation changes in
, the Alafia trails are the most challenging in our riding area. The ‘Moonscape’ and ‘Gatorback’ were specifically designed for advanced level riders. The less technical ‘River Loop’, ’Bridges’ and ‘Rock Garden’ provide a real adventure for any experienced cyclist. For new riders, there is ‘Sand Pine’, all the 2-track, plus all the trails at Boyette. Boyette’s trails are forgiving enough for newer riders while still offering an exciting ride for more experienced cyclists. The diversity of single-track, technical berm sections, and hilly meadow riding will make for a fun day. Guided rides will be offered at both locations each day. 813-689-5109. WWW: http://www.swampclub.org/ Email: julianne@SWAMPclub.org Active.com Online Registration
Diabetes Challenge 100K - 8 AM, 50K - 8:30 AM, 25K - 9 AM, Family Ride - 9 AM. Brought to you by Suncoast Cycling Club to benefit the American Diabetes Association. You'll swear and burn, but most mostly you'll smile because you will know that you are helping more than 17 million Americans affected by diabetes. Rider Amentites: Pre & Post ride meals, A "really cool" t-shirt & goody bag, Mechanical SAG support, Rest Stops with liquid and Solid Fuel, Well-marked, safe routes, Post ride entertainment and prizes. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 9-11, 2005 - 7th Annual Highlands Bicycle Festival - sponsored by Kenilworth Lodge - 3 day event with multiple level rides in conjunction with the Christmas Arts & Crafts Show. Come ride and shop for the holidays. Registration Contact: Linda Leeds at email@example.com or Kenilworth Lodge. http://www.kenlodge.com/rec.html
Our 9thAnnual Diabetes Challenge will be here before you know it! Mark your calendars for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2005 and make sure you don’t miss this great event.
What is the Diabetes Challenge?
The Diabetes Challenge is an annual fund raising bike ride to benefit the
American Diabetes Association. So, gear up, ride hard and help save
lives at the 2005 Diabetes Challenge, presented by Frenchy’s Restaurants
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Not a very accomplished rider?
Hey, it’s a ride, not a race! We’ve got four different distances for you to choose from, including a 10K Pinellas Trail ride, so the whole family can participate. There’s a ride for everyone: 100K, 50K, 25K and 10K Family Ride!
Hummingbird Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
Flamingo! One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
Falcon! Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
Black Skimmer These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
Dead sea turtle cool, but smelly
Reddish Egret These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
Brown Pelican I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
Wood Pecker They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.