This week was pretty good to me with regard to running and life in general. I found some employment, enjoyed the company of my roommates, and got slowly got back into the swing of full time classes. Great weather, good times with friends. My first week not seeing Samantha was a little rough, but Saturday's never more than 5 days away. I didn't quite get the mileage I wanted, but the quality was better than usual in terms of workouts. It was intended to be a "transition week" between recovering and one last hard week before Woodstock. It may end up being the harder week as school, an new internship, and a coaching cross-country hill have to jump up on my priority list.
One thing that has been brought to my attention is the perceptions of others. Clearly, running is a huge part of my life. I run a bit, spend a substantial amount of time socializing with runners, relate a great deal of my exercise science classwork to running, and now have to jobs that involve running. I also spend a bit of time writing about it on this blog, which is more or less just a purge valve for leftover thoughts. I've been told that being wrapped up in running has taken control of my life. My love of running is often seen as unhealthy. I think this is a negative and superficial way to look it. It all comes down to priority. What many people think are reasonable views do not necessarily overlap with what others value. Maybe really I am running away from something, but it hasn't run me down yet.
AM- 11 miles at Owassippe(1:40)
PM- 4 miles on campus(0:32)
PM- 10 miles to Klienstock(1:20)
AM- 4 miles aboretum loop(0:29)
PM- 6 miles with Gazelle group(0:43)
PM-5 miles barefoot to-from IM fields 5 minute tempo ish intervals, some rest periods(1:00)
AM- 10 miles with Alex. 3mile hard tempo, nearly blacked out. suprisingly quick recovery after regaining full consciousness.(1:20)
PM- 11 mile midnight run with Jeremiah at Yankee Springs. Too weak to do 11 more, the original plan(2:00).
Nada y mas nada. slept in, enjoyed watching a soccer game in the rain with my mom, and celebrated Ryan's birthday with a campfire and some spirits.
AM-16 miles (2:30) Adventure run on the North Country Trail with Mark, Rick, and Ken(accompanied by Shadow, a black lab). Great run on a beautiful trail. Im always amazed my Autumn here. Serene and breathtaking. Learned new acronym: OGP-Old Guy Pace.
PM-14 miles (1:40) Started out with 4miles barefoot with Sara and Colin. Nice loop around our house. For claiming not to be good runners, they sure could have fooled me. We dropped Sara off at the house, and Colin and I headed out of town for farm country. Colin did another 3 with me, then turned around for a solid 9 for the day. Company on a sunday run was a welcome suprise. I was immediately met by solitude and hills. A good combination for this mess of a runner I've found myself to be.