Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

It's post-marathon time, which means lazy mornings sleeping in, eating random things for dinner (tonight I had sautéed radishes, wilted radish greens, and a piece of whole wheat bread smeared with olive oil), and that uneasy sense of well, what the hell do I do now?

Write a long, rambling blog post infested with bullet points, that's what!
  • Summer is looming just over the horizon. How do I know? Because yesterday morning after I took my shower, even after toweling off I was still sweaty and damp. Additionally, when I came out of my office building after work on Wednesday the temperature was about 20 degrees warmer and the humidity 50% more oppressive than when I entered it at 8:00 am.
  • You know you're a runner when you use Body Glide for things other than sports bra chafage. I'll leave that one up to your imaginations.
  • During the Cleveland Marathon I passed a man who was wearing a sign on his back which read: "110 Marathons...But Who's Counting?" Amazing. If I manage to run a quarter of that number I will be ecstatic.
  • On my run Wednesday morning I saw something I had never seen before: a domestic pet rabbit huddled under a bush in someone's front yard. I passed by and thought, That was not a cat. I doubled back to take a closer look and yes indeed, it was a large black domesticated rabbit of indeterminate breed, a doe (female) by the look of her prominent dewlap. (How do I know this? Three years of 4-H rabbit club and 10 years of having a bunny.) I tried to approach her but she hopped away. I was totally confounded as to what to do. This animal clearly had no business being alone in someone's front yard at 6:30 am. There was really nothing I could do, so I left her and continued on my run.
  • On Monday, May 18 I went to my long, LONG-awaited Animal Collective concert in Royal Oak. Even though it was the day after the marathon, there was no way I was going to miss it. With sore and aching legs I took myself out on the town. And oh, oh, OH was it ever amazing. I haven't had that much fun at a concert in years. True, I was at least 10 years older than the majority of attendees, but I didn't let that bother me. Am I not edgy enough to hang with the hipsters? Even though my own creaky hips were complaining vociferously by the end of the night? I got my groove on, I rocked out, I boogied, I jumped and bounced and screamed and sang and got breathless and sprinted to the bathroom only to hear the opening chords of "Summertime Clothes" while I was still in the john and ran out of there so fast I left a cloud of toilet paper lint in my wake. Hearing "My Girls" and "Summertime Clothes" live was fucking awesome I can't even begin to describe it. "Don't cool off...I like your warmth..." Yeah.
  • I signed up for another summer of Running Fit 501. I enjoyed my session with the program last summer so much that I decided to do it again even though my plans for the rest of the year are amorphous. At the moment I'm still riding my BQ high (hey didja know I qualified for the Boston Marathon?) and thus I have avoided the post-marathon blues like I had last fall after Detroit. However, I do have a few things in mind. One, I would like to do the Akron Marathon. Two, I put my name into the New York City Marathon lottery. I will know in June if I was chosen. If I get selected in the NYC lottery hell yeah I'm doing it! In the more immediate future I will be jet-planing off to New York City in three weeks for the Green Mountain Relay as one member of a 12-person team. I asked for the Runner #3 slot on the team because Leg 3 includes a covered bridge. How could I not take the covered bridge route? Covered roads...oh yeah!
  • And lastly, I have a new addition to the Wall of Fame:


Leslie said...

With all your copious free time, I'll be looking forward to more blog posts on your other blog... Perhaps they will help me figure out some healthy recipes for all this farm food. :)

Lauren said...

4-H has a rabbit club? Who knew?

It's sad when you become the oldest one at the concert. I think I enjoy them more now that I'm older though.

Carolina John said...

you want heat and humidity? come down here. temps in the mid 80's and humidity in the mid 90's every day. it's also been raining every day here too which is weird.

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

It's always good when you can add to the wall.

Xenia said...

Running through covered bridges is great fun. I got to run through 4 of them during a half marathon last year in NH.

Spike said...

very Bridges of Madison County of you after a nice nod to Romeo and Juliet in your prior blog post.

Kristin said...

Hey, given your fondness for covered bridges, perhaps you might be interested in these "covered bridge coloring pages" ! :)

Anonymous said...

110 marathons is crazy! Enjoy some down time, you certainly earned it. Anything lined up for the next race?

raulgonemobile said...

Sounds like you've still got the BQ high.. good for you. That's something to be proud of, for sure.

Have a great weekend