Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Haikus: Look What the Whippets Drag'd In Edition

Here it is again, Friday! I had every intention of doing some posts this week, especially after a very successful Saturday of cheering for the women running for the Whippets in the Mini, but somehow the week slipped away from me. The women did a great job and so did the cheerers! This weekend it's the guys turn to run in the Portugal Day 5 Miler while the women cheer us. Since this is my first real race back I'll be interested to see how I do though I'm not expected a whole lot.

Enough about me, it's time for some Friday haikus!

This photo came from May Wittenberg's Twitter!!!
Whippets Mini Cheer Squad
Tall women, what the--!
Those aren't ladies, too much hair
Must be men in drag

Rainy Day Motivation
Pouring rain outside
Solo I would stay indoors
Run with friends, get soaked

Decisions, Decisions
Red, yellow, green, blue--
Too many Gatorade types
I'll just drink water

Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Haikus: Mini Edition

Somehow we've made it through another week. I don't know about you, but I always find that the first full week after a holiday seems to drag on forever. I've got a big weekend planned:

1) Tomorrow I'll be cheering on my female teammates at NYRR's Mini 10k. They'll return the favor at the Portugal 5 Miler next week. To keep things interesting, the men on our team made a friendly wager with the women about who'll have the better cheering. I'm not sure who the neutral arbiter will be though I'm not expecting a close contest.

2) After the Mini I'm going camping! I haven't been camping in ages so this should be fun. I just hope I can find a Chinese joint that will deliver to my tent.

Anway, enough about my weekend. Here's your Friday haiku fix.
Last year's Mini. Photo credit: SeeNancyRun
Running in the Rain
Cold, wet, skies gray, run,
Summer changes perspective
This is heavenly

A Classic Race
Women running fast
No men to steal their thunder
The Mini 10K

A Running Hazard
Loose, flapping, each step
Comes closer to falling off
Good bye big toenail

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Back in the Saddle

Hello out there in the blogosphere! I'm sure my two or three readers have been wondering what happend to me (or maybe you've moved on to better blogs?)...

Well, since my last post I have participated* in two races:

1) I had the chance to pace some teammates to sub-1:29 PRs in the Brooklyn Half. The weather was surprisingly good for running--with coolish temps and overcast skies--but poor for a post-race day on the Coney Island boardwalk. Naturally I made up for this fact with a bottomless mimosa brunch. 

2) I ran the AHA Wall Street Run, mainly because the course goes right by my office and it would have been silly not to have done a convenient race that supports such a good cause as one of my 9+1 for next year's marathon.

I've also signed up for several races (as indicated on the right side of my blog). These include the BAA 10k in Boston in June, the Houston Half in January, and this year's New York City Marathon.

Perhaps more importantly than all of the above, however, is the fact that I've started training again. For the past two months I've been taking things easy while I continue with PT. This didn't mean I wasn't running--it just meant that every run was done at a moderate pace. My hip is bothering me less and less so last night I did my first real workout and...the hip didn't hurt!

I'm going to be careful about easing back into training but for now I feel extremely fortunate to say that I'm back in the saddle! Although training for Chicago should theoretically start next week, I'm going to concentrate on shorter speedwork training for several weeks before moving into marathon mode. With a handful of NYRR races coming up this summer, I want to put some pep in my step before I start sapping it with long marathon pace runs.

All that is to say, if you see someone trying to do speedwork along the Hudson River and you think it's me, you might not be halucinating.

*Saying I raced  them would be a big stretch.