Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I Spy

I’m back. And I’m not going to go on anymore about how excruciatingly hot it is in Florida and how hard it is to run in the humidity and how I sweated in places I didn’t know I could sweat and how the trip constipated me. No more of that kind of talk. I’m moving on. But, if there was one picture to describe running in a 105 degree heat index it would be this:

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Yes, running in that stuff made me especially ugly, deformed and stoned. Not to mention damp. One morning I came in from a run and my father in law looked at me and said, “My, you look kind of flushed. What’s wrong?”

What’s wrong?? Your daughter-in-law is so greasy she could get a job at the cinema - buttering popcorn with her leg hair.

That was dumb. 

My in laws are the people who play 18 holes golf at 1pm each day. All summer long. They are tougher, stronger and better than me. All of those seniors are.

When I got off the plane in Denver last night at about 7pm the angels were singing. The cool and dry Rocky Mountain breeze soothed my soul. I slept with the windows open and got kind of chilled.

Life returns to normal.

Do you ever play I Spy on trips?

I spied something with my eye beginning with the letter “H”. Hideous pair of shorts:

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I’m not sure who this guy is or where he bought his loafers and shorts, but he’s one brave octogenarian. Take a closer look:

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I haven’t seen those colors together since I had orange/raspberry sherbet in first grade.

I ran 24 miles while in Florida. Not bad for a vacation. In ten days I start training for the Rock ‘n Roll Denver Marathon on October 17.  Since I am now certified as a running coach, I will be coaching myself. Which is what I always do anyway because I don’t like listening to anyone but myself.

So far my race plans for the summer include only a couple of 5Ks and the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half in August.  Think I need to add a couple more races in there.

How much do you race as part of your training for a half, full or ultra marathon?

22 comments:

  1. "I will be coaching myself...because I don’t like listening to anyone but myself." Love it, that's definitely true of me as well (though I always blame my kids' stubbornness on my wife).

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  2. I'm planning to do Denver too! I'm running the Crossroads Half in Sept. Might try to add some other races in there depending on my ankle and time. Maybe you'll speed right by me at MacIntosh.

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  3. The shorts are sweet.

    My dad NEEDS those shorts to golf the day after father's day. So tell me where you bought them! ;)

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    because I'm not ballsy [sp] enough to do so myself......I'd thoroughly enjoy you downloading the new FAT app on the iphone/itouch it's like the "AGE/old" one you posted earlier but it makes you fat-fat-fat! COME ON!! DO it for your people!! ;)

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  4. Glad to hear you survived florida! those shorts on that man are great! love it! lol

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  5. Now that you are certified... do you have any marathon training plans that you would recommend? I have several different ones that are not all that different...

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  6. Those shorts are all over the course I play at. Scary.
    Our run coach is very specific with our training as to what our goals are. For me, mine is to PB at my 2nd marathon so I am not doing any races at all and saving it for race day.

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  7. LOVE those shorts! Golfers know how to rock it.

    I always run a 1/2 during my marathon training, partially to gauge where I am. Also have a couple of 10-milers coming up (one this weekend).

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  8. Oh come on! For sure he's a Cirque du Soleil roadie.

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  9. welcome to the day in the life of humidity in michigan. its just like that here only sometimes worse. fml.... dude, those shorts are hot. i want a pair!

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  10. Ha ha...those shorts are great! :)

    I'm doing the Denver Marathon too! I'm following a plan though b/c I had to figure out how to fit in my marathon training with my half ironman training! It will be tough, but doable (I think!). Good luck with your training! :)

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  11. funny about the shorts. i actually think i have something similar only with coral/purple/blue. for real but they're womens so the length is different. i call them my prep-master shorts :)

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  12. I think those shorts are 1) funny and 2) a retired clown was reusing them. :)

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  13. I race a LOT when I'm prepping for a marathon...I think they're great indicators of fitness and plus I just love how they are excellent speedwork, which I tend to wimp on on my own.

    Welcome back to the land of no humidity! You missed a very soggy, and COLD, weekend here. Let's get a date down for the famous medals and margs party!!

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  14. I can't stand humidity - way to get through it.

    Those shorts are hilarious!

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  15. i'm not liking this heat/humidity, either. we had head indexes around there already, too. which is bad news for the upcoming ultra. as the heat index goes up they put restrictions on the runners...if it gets to a certain point, they make us walk.

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  16. yeah was in Ft. Lauderdale for a 3 days last week and got one very short run in. Its downright swampy!! I do love the hot weather though...but that's 'cos I come from equator territory!!
    Good Luck with your training!!

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  17. Wow, those are SOME shorts! I couldn't pull those off as well as he does.

    I like to incorporate races of all distances in my training, but I learned last year NOT to overdo it with racing. It's exhausting my training has taken a backseat in the past. This year I'm working on incorporating a couple of key races into my training, each with a purpose. Short races can act as speed work, for example.

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  18. Humidity is hell. It makes running more like really bad swimming. The blasted stickiness is here in Des Moines too.

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  19. So far I've been entering a race per month. If they're local, why not - good experience no matter what the distance. My marathon is Oct.3 and I will be running a 15K in July, a 5K end of July, 10K August, possibly 14K in September as well as contemplating a Century ride (but I'm just not getting into that bike ride thing so that's pretty ify)..

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  20. Oyy, is it already time to start training for RnR Denver?! Mannnn, that sucks.

    Do you require that your family calls you coach? I would.

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