Thursday, April 5, 2012

Random Thoughts....

It's been a while since I've posted and I know I need to. I've been waiting for that "eureka" moment to know what to post about. It hasn't happened and I need some new material, so...instead of one big idea, you get to hear about a lot of little ideas...

Last week I ran more miles than I ever have in my life !!  A while back I devoted an entire blog post to the fact that I ran 50 miles in one week.  ( http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=7773454126196252423#editor/target=post;postID=2526284386396266913 )  This time I peaked at 62.2 miles.  Did I really need the decimal point there ?  Well...most of the time I'd say no, but in this case it has some numerical significance. For me this training cycle is all about 26.2  ( as in miles in a marathon that I'm training for ).  I didn't plan it this way or anything, but I thought it was cool that my weekly total was a numerical anagram of the marathon distance.  If I believed in omens, I'd have to think that was a good one.  I'm very proud of being able to run that far in a week, without any kind of injury or grossly neglecting my family.

I finally took the plunge and signed up for my next marathon.  ( this was also a topic of a previous post )  Actually committing to things is a bit of a challenge for me, so I tend to avoid it and postpone it as long as I can.   I wanted to wait until the peak week in my training in case something happened.  So...it's official. I'm signed up to run 26.2 on May 6th.  I will have a post shortly about why I needed to run another marathon and what I have and hope to gain from this one.

Finally...I just finished the book "Born To Run".  The subtitle is "A hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen".  The book was fantastic.  Once I got past the first chapter I couldn't put it down and finished it in 3 days.  My first exposure to the book was a buddy of mine read it, raved about it, and then went whole hog shoeless on me.  I figured the book was going to be a big long winded tome on why I should ditch my shoes and the evil empire of Nike.  There's a little of that in there, but there's some great human drama, very rich characters, anthropology and evolution, history of really long distance running, and more.  It's quick and fascinating.  If your at all interested in running, culture or evolution, it's worth a look.

So..there ya go...my latest post.  It probably says something about my own evolution that the topic in each of the first 2 paragraphs seemed worthy of their own posts and now I don't think they do.  I'm trying to keep things interesting, somewhat substantial, and always real.  If anyone has a suggested topic or any guidance they'd like to provide, by all means, leave a comment, and whatever you do....

.....just don't stop running !!

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