The Handsome Man with Athletic Thighs
Running In Circles
 
Monday, May 29th
Memorial Day

Course: None

Comments: I spent the day recovering. I was worn out from the long drive home from the Prefontaine Classic. While I was there I took 237 pictures. This one was the best of the bunch:

Amy Acuff, 2006 Prefontaine Classic
Amy Acuff on her run-up to the high jump
 
 
Thursday, May 25th

Course: None

Comments: I intended to run today, but I couldn't bring myself to go out in the rain. That's a pathetic excuse, but it's the honest truth.

In cycling news, thanks to Manolo "Venga, Venga, Venga!" Saiz, Liberty Seguros has pulled the plug on their team. I'm desperate to find out what this means for Alexandre Vinokourov. If he's not able to ride at the Tour de France because he's not on a team, I'll be crushed. Moreover, if he has to play second fiddle after signing with a power house like he did at T-Mobile, the race won't be nearly as fun to watch—unless, of course, he goes crazy and attacks at random, as he's wont to do. This is a big shake-up, and it comes at a bad time.
 
 
Wednesday, May 24th

Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: Not Timed

Comments: I ran an easy four miles today. When I started out, it was sprinkling ever so slightly. Five minutes later, it was pouring. Ten minutes after that, it was a deluge. If I'd run any further, it would have been a swim workout. I think I would have stayed drier if I'd stood in the shower. I had to wring out my clothes before I put them in the laundry. My legs felt good though, except that I've had a twinge in my left ankle that won't go away. It's nothing serious, but it is annoying.

I renewed my car tabs this afternoon, a process that took way too long. First I had to wait in line at the emission testing center. Then I had to wait in line at the DOL office. Then I had to remove my old license plates and install the new ones. (In Washington, license plates are replaced every seven years. You can pay a fee to keep your old ones, but that seems silly.) Then I went to the dentist. Two excruciating experiences in one day—yay me!
 
 
Sunday, May 21st

Course: Intended Rest

Comments: Today was a planned rest day—no running. When I woke up this morning, I was pleased to discover that my legs weren't sore from yesterday's race. My low back, on the other hand, gave me some trouble. It felt like someone was driving a knife into my spine.

I bought a screen door this afternoon and attempted to install it this evening. It turned into something of a disaster. My front door must be a little weird, because the door sill doesn't extend to the end of the moulding. Because of this, there is a big gap at the bottom of the screen door that wouldn't keep out mice, much less bugs. I really don't know how to go about fixing it.
 
 
Saturday, May 20th
Cougar Mountain 5-Miler

Course: Cougar Mountain 5-Mile Trail Run
Distance: 5 Miles (6 Miles w/Warm-up)
Time: 46:35

Comments: I decided to run the first installment of the Cougar Mountain Trail Series despite my poor physical condition. I think I did quite well. While I didn't run quickly, I ran smartly. I let myself get caught in a slow group on the single-track section, which kept me from running too fast and blowing out my legs. I therefore had enough strength left in my quads that I didn't struggle with traversing the Quarry Trail, a long, twisty downhill section. I power-walked up most of the final hill, but actually passed people who were running (it really was a long, steep climb). So, even though my time wasn't all that great, I don't think I could have gone any faster if I'd run with a different strategy. I can't wait to try this race again sometime when I'm in shape.
 
 
Friday, May 19th

Course: None

Comments: I skipped running today and went out for dinner and beer at the College Inn Pub instead. My shin is still giving me a little trouble, and since I have a race tomorrow I didn't want to aggravate it. (That sounds like a reasonable excuse to me. Avoiding injury is always a good cop-out.)
 
 
Thursday, May 18th

Course: None

Comments: My right shin has been giving me some problems, and I have some trepidation about running on it. The last thing I need is an injury—I'm having enough trouble getting back into shape as it is. So, I didn't run today. I took a nap instead. I haven't been getting enough sleep at night, it seems apparent to me. As is often the case, I blame George R. R. Martin. I'm currently reading Tuf Voyaging, and I had trouble putting it down.
 
 
Wednesday, May 17th

Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: Not Timed

Comments: I went for an easy four-mile run after work. At least, it was supposed to be easy. I kind of hit the wall with about a mile left. It sucked. I did spot a Hermit Thrush though, so all was not lost.
 
 
Tuesday, May 16th

Course: None

Comments: I felt too tired to run today—not sore muscle tired, just sleepy tired—so I took a nap instead. I really should try going to bed earlier.
 
 
Monday, May 15th

Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: Not Timed

Comments: I ran an easy four miles after work today. Despite four days of rest, my legs felt tired and stale.
 
 
Sunday, May 14th
Mother's Day

Course: None

Comments: I was a bit too busy with Mother's Day related activities to squeeze in a run. I suppose I could have skipped watching Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead this evening, but I've been meaning to watch it for a long time. I enjoyed it, but I think someone who had little familiarity with Hamlet would find it incomprehensible.
 
 
Saturday, May 13th

Course: None

Comments: I didn't run today, but I did do yard work for nearly five hours—that should count for something. My neighbor's yards have never been landscaped, and their alder trees and blackberries were encroaching on my driveway. I pulled them out by the roots and crammed them into my yard-waste bin (the plants, not the neighbors). No one has complained so far, so I guess they don't mind.
 
 
Friday, May 12th

Course: None

Comments: I didn't run today, but I did put together a crib. The "infantorium" is coming along nicely.
 
 
Thursday, May 11th

Course: None

Comments: I felt tired this afternoon, so I skipped my run and took a nap. I'm still on target to run five days this week, so I'm not upset about missing a workout. If I'm lucky, the rest will help my sore hamstrings feel better.
 
 
Wednesday, May 10

Course: The Wrecking Yard
Distance: 4 Miles
Time: Not Timed

Comments: I've haven't been recording my runs lately. I kept telling myself I'd get back to it, once I updated my journal with all of the races and orienteering events I've done over the past couple of months. Clearly, that's not going to happen. I might as well jump back in as if I never left. Here's a brief summary:

Two weeks ago, I ran five days in one week for the first time all year. I felt pretty good about myself. One week ago, I put in a single day of training and competed in an orienteering meet which went poorly. I got pretty down on myself. I resolved to turn it around this week.

Monday, I felt really fresh—not surprising after an easy week—and I ran too quickly because of it. I knew I was going too fast, but I couldn't make myself slow down. I told myself I would pay for it later. Tuesday, I paid for it. I felt really stiff and sore. Then, to add insult to injury, I choose a very hilly route to run. Pure misery. Today fell somewhere in the middle. My legs felt tired, but they weren't really stiff or sore. I plodded through an easy four miles. I went slowly, but it didn't hurt.
 
Sometimes I feel like I'm breathing underwater.