3.17.2005

A Drizzly Run

Running. I can't remember the last time I ran in "precipitation". It's just not in my nature to put up with that but I felt compelled to keep up with training so that I don't have a really bad month of mileage. It wasn't that bad out. A misty drizzle. 70 degrees. 400% humidity. I ran at an increasingly higher heart rate through the course of the 4 mile run. I could tell the difference in my legs that comes from taking a 2 day break between runs vs. the usual every other day break. The legs and everything else are just a tad stronger. I use the same strategy before races and I guess there's some validity to it. I ran a quick 32.35 pace and felt fantasic afterwards.
Busing. I don't know about you guys but I love public transportation. It's cheaper than a limo driver and I can get so much done when some else is driving. While West Point boy is off with the car somewhere on spring break I have to resort to bumming rides or taking the bus. I like mixing in with that crowd. While waiting for the bus the other night a 9th grader was sitting on a bench with me and asked me what I do. I told him I worked for the school system and the next thing I know he's giving me all the details about his school history and telling me how he wants to get back in school even though he hasn't been in school since December. I took all his info and will try to bring another lost lamb back into the flock.
PT. My physical therapy with Tracey ended today. She went on vacation and my shoulders feel much better for all she did over the last four weeks. I have pretty good range of motion and can almost sleep on my left side again. The pain has subsided and I have a healthier respect for what needs to be done on my off-running days. Gosh, I think I have a daily routine to worry about now: one day run; next day stretch and stength train. Wow. I'll be like the rest of you soon.
Baseball. Spring training fest is teed up for me this weekend. I'll be going to St Pete for my choice of games with the Yankees, Reds, Pirates, Blue Jays, Devil Rays and Phillies. The PGA Bay Hill Classic is in town but I'd rather head closer to the beach.

10 comments:

Mark I. said...

by "the rest of you", you must mean other people EXCLUDING me because I am not doing stuff like those people either!

At any rate, nice to see you are making progress. :)

Mia Goddess said...

For some reason, blogger is letting me comment. So now I'm a commenting fool!

Anyway, your bus story reminded me of how fun public transportation was when I lived in San Francisco. It's one of those cities where *everybody* rides the bus or train. It was really natural. But when I moved to the suburbs, the few times I've had to use public transportation, I have felt like such a reject! It seemed like in the city it was everybody onto the bus; in the suburbs, only the folks whose car insure was revoked could be found on the public transportation. It was a whole other sport!

Sounds like a great run! I've been avoiding the runs the last few days, in deference to my toothache, but reading this made me want to get on my shoes and go. :)
- Mia

frolicking filly said...

liked hearing about your bus ride,, great way to look at the people around you... good job on the run,, and keep your shoulder safe..:)
Heather

susie said...

Sorry you have to give up Tracey. I have a new-found respect for PTs. Good luck with your training schedule. Don't let the baseball get in the way,now:)

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Its hard to leave a good PT. I miss Shannon, but I didn't cry when I left. I saved that for the truck. :)

Pamalamadingdong said...

You don't remember the last time you ran in percipitation? Ugh! I don't remember the week of running I've had WITHOUT percipitation.


Stupid CANADA!

Bex said...

Hey, good run! And I love public transportation too - I take the subway (Metro) almost every day to work. I love the egalitarianism of it. I also like that I'm not in a car, fuming in traffic, and contributing to the hole in the ozone layer.

Brendan said...

Running in precipitation is a way of life in the cloudy northeast--have you forgotten?
I love public transportation--in NYC it's the only way to get around!

Susan said...

You should think about the Washington Nationals. Opening day is in 13 days, 18 hours and 16 minutes, according to their website:) Great public transportation around the city!

Rachel said...

I love public transportation too! Wish it were a bit more efficient here in Orlando for me-- I'd need to take two buses to get to work, four miles away. I like having that contact with people, too-- one of the great things about living in a city where you don't need a car...