Monday, May 4, 2009
Just a reminder that, due to travel -- which commences today (May 4th!), I'll be in "vacation" mode, which applies to this blog, Twitter, email, and all other online communication & social media, for the month of May. That means I won't necessarily have the time to check or respond to any communication, so please factor that into the equation when you leave comments or send me email. Thanks!
Yes, I know it's hard to believe, but amazingly, I'll be unplugging from "the Matrix" for a while. :)
Also, please keep in mind that I may or may not have the time or the opportunity to access the internet/wi-fi hot spots; we are going to be really busy (in rehearsals, touring the sites, & travelling a lot, etc.), so to be on the safe side, I'd rather just mention that I'll be "on hiatus" in an online capacity, just in case I don't get the chance to communicate/respond to you.
You are welcome to leave comments for me here, but please understand that I might not have the opportunity to get back to you in a timely fashion, or quite possibly not until my return.
Also, a note to friends: My mobile phone is NOT GSM capable, isn't a smartphone, & thus, doesn't have any Twitter APIs (or other internet apps) on it. (Right now, the latter capability -- while it'd certainly be nice to have -- isn't a huge priority for me for various reasons.) So, if you'd like to communicate with me, please use alternative methods.
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Sunday, May 3, 2009
OK, I'm happy to say that I survived my first half marathon race. :) Considering that it was my first official half & that my training kind of dropped off a bit in April, I'm feeling pretty good about finishing & have decided to suspend any sort of major assessments with regard my pace or finishing time. I'm just feeling good & reveling in the moment.
So, if you'd like to read my race report, please check out this link, which is of course from DailyMile.com, the site where I've been recording all of my runs & road races since December 30, 2008.
Also, I'd just like to congratulate twitter/blogger pals, @smellycents, @blackfonzie, @PainterNik, @andyo22, @britishbulldog, @runningrambling, @gchance, & others for completing their half/full marathon (& other) races today! You are all awesome!!!!!
OK, this week's training hasn't exactly been a stunner in the "consistency" department. To make up for being a (three-toed) sloth earlier in the week, I ran 10-miles in the rain this Friday. ;-)
And yes, tomorrow is the half marathon (i.e., the Potomac River Run Half-Marathon). Actually, it's my very first official half marathon race, although I've covered that distance & further on training runs several times before, i.e., 14.1 miles last September, & 14-16 mi pretty much almost every weekend from January to March).
Needless to say, considering the inconsistent training logged over the past month, I'm going for completion, & not a PR. That decision was basically made for me when I decided that I was going to take a week off from running after the Cherry Blossom, & then that week somehow morphed into two. ;-)
In my defense, I was a bit more consistent in my running last week. OK, that's a fairly lame defense, which in reality, is hardly much of a defense at all. Hahahaha.
I'm hoping that running in Europe over the next couple of weeks will give me precisely the "battery-charge" that I so desperately need at present. A change of scenery & temperature (thankfully, a much cooler one!) is most welcome right about now!
Anyhow, it's 12:25 am & as usual, I've yet AGAIN managed to stay up way past my recommended bedtime the night before a race. Heck, it's happened so often, it might as well be a pre-race ritual - LOL!
Can't believe I have to get up at 5 am. I've run races on less sleep before, so while that's definitely not a recommended practice, it's actually had surprisingly decent results at times. You really can never tell. Hopefully, I haven't stacked the cards too high this time. Oh well, it's too late to be concerned with that now. ;-)
Hmmm, maybe I should shift to Plan B: Making up for some of that lost sleep as Erik's driving us to the race site tomorrow. :)
OK, time to get what little sleep I still can. Goodnight, all!