Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
I am taking it easy tomorrow, probably only two miles, since I am running this 5K on Sunday. I hope I do well.
Can we please stop talking about the death of American road running now. PLEASE. Josh Cox set the American record in the 50K in January. He’s an amazing athlete and wonderful human being. He’s also REALLY fast. Ryan is amazing, wonderful, and FAST. Desiree is too. And Kara Goucher who finished 5th at Boston barely six months after having a baby is poised to take on the world.
So to all the critics out there I say: “TAKE THAT!” The tens of thousands of us who are running and walking and walk/running and run/walking and paying our entry fees and filling up races are doing for the sport what no group has ever done before. We are making the pyramid taller so that those on the top can get higher.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Also in other news I am doing a home visit today for a student whose parents won't do anything about his shitty behavior. So it's good I have been running, in case I need to run away fast from his house. Yikes.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
If my flight wasn't so early tomorrow I would go again, just to run again in the lower altitude, but my flight leaves at 9, and even I am not getting up early enough to make that happen.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Waitress: I need a wheat toast
5 min goes by
Waitress: guys I need a wheat toast!
5 min goes by
Waitress: where's my wheat toast?
Cook: I put it up!
W: seriously guys I need it!
C: did someone take it? It was up there
Waiter: oh man sorry I grabbed that I thought it was mine
Ws: omG come on guys, these people are waiting for toast!
Wr: I'm really sorry man, I think it was mine, I promise I didn't steal it
Cook: here you go man
Ws: I'm taking 99 cents off this check
Wr: don't do it! Doooooon't do it!
Ws: silence as she continues
Wr: ok, do it
Fortunately I didn't order wheat toast.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Ultimately, I bought my own treadmill. Mostly because the gym had a maximum time allowed. Staff members would point at their watches and let you know your time was up. When I exceeded the 30-minute limit, I felt they should gather others and applaud, not kick me off it.
Now that I've got a treadmill in my home, I can stay on it as long as I want. Maybe jogging or maybe just lying on it with a pillow, a book and a bowl of cereal. Feels athletic when someone calls and asks what I'm doing to pant a little and say, “I'm on the treadmill.”
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
She said cuz I set myself on a quest for truth, And she was there to quench my thirst. But I am still thirsty...
Friday, April 8, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
I did 2 at gym yesterday. Was gonna do more but I had to hop off treadmill to drop a deuce. And was late to pick up princess Kailey. But, that's 4 for the week, which is better than I've been.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I think the run was how Hitchcock mourned his wife. She clearly meant the world to him and losing her was so devastating to him. He couldn't really mourn in front of the kids and our culture doesn't allow a lot of time for grief, especially for men. I know that running is incredibly cathartic for me. I work out all kinds of stuff as I listen to the steady rhythm of my breathing and my feet hitting the ground. Walking isn't the same, it doesn't do the same thing. I think by the end, he was a different person, and he was his own person who was a widower and was still living and his life was ok. By the end he had something to live for, and it seemed like before he ran he felt there was nothing keeping him tied to living except that his kids needed him. And that makes grieving harder.
The thing I liked most about the whole thing is that he actually did it.
I took today off but I did 2 yesterday with a little more running. I am hoping to do 3 tomorrow.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Things I really liked about the movie:
Hitchcock never made it about himself, even when he crossed the finish line and talked about single parent families!
Hitchcock never got skinny. He had a paunch and manboobs the whole 75 days.
He wanted to quit every day and he figured out a way to not do that.
Even when he didn't get the public support he expected, and his team left, he still didn't quit.
His older son didn't quit either, and the run shaped who he is today.
When the radio DJ talked about how this guy doesn't look like a marathon runner.
When the trainer didn't talk about telling Hitchcock that he would not train him because of the health problems.
"Be somebody's hero."
"Make the world a little bit better place today."
Things that bugged me a little:
Hitchcock never seemed to consider walking when he was in pain. It was either run or lay down.
I couldn't make the connection between the run and being a single parent. I get that he wanted publicity but what was he going to do once he got it? Is that "Kids Are Forever" thing a foundation or what? What does it do?
He talked about hitting the second wall, and the trainer talked about what a wall is, but nobody ever explained how he got past it when he never took a day off. Is it like the side stitches thing? He kept going? How can you do that when your body says no?
I have a lot more thoughts but I have to change and go.