Monday, August 14, 2006

Ramble On

Ain't nothing I can do, no...

Ramble On!!


Like Led Zeppelin? I've been singing that song all day. I never listened to much Led Zeppelin until I started hanging out with J.T. - many years ago - like 12. Anyways, I'm just in the mood to ramble today. Not in the way they are singing about in this song, but as in I've got lots of stuff on mind, and I think I'll just "ramble" about all of it.

First off, I ran 6 miles Saturday in 55:05 but didn't feel very good while running. Sunday Briar and I ran 2 miles, and he didn't feel very good either. I have seen him run 2 miles like it was it a breeze many times, but he had to stop several times during this one. Today I was supposed to get up early and do something, possibly speedwork at the track, maybe the Old Timer's Day 5k course, maybe just a 5 mile run...but since I didn't have a definite plan, I opted to exercise the snooze button instead of my lungs and legs. Lovely. So I ended up grouchy all morning because of my lack of self discipline. I couldn't take it any more by lunch time, so I changed and decided to run 5 miles in 93 degrees and 60% humidity. I was thinking that was cooler than it has been lately, but it kicked my slow, white booty all over the place. I was gonna go out and do the first mile slow, pick it up for the next 3, then cruise in for the 5th as a cool down. Good grief... my first my was 9:31 ("not bad", I thought). The second mile was 9:18 ("I guess that'll do, since it's pretty warm out here", I said). The third mile was 9:35 ("What the???"), and the 4th and final 'fast' mile was 9:02 ("There...that's...better" as try catching a breath and barely get one). And I freakin' stop and walk. Oh. My. Goodness. "What are you doing, Lana????" So I walk for like 3 minutes and then finish jogging the last mile back to the office. It was not a good experience. The 5 miles took me a total of 49:09, and that's all I've got to say about that. Perhaps with a little luck I can erase it from my memory.

Wanna hear the good news? I ordered a new Garmin 305 yesterday! I felt as though I had punished myself long enough for leaving my 301 on the Pathfinder bumper. So I broke down and placed the order. And some more good news? J.T. and I may be going to Vegas the weekend of Dec 10th. Do you know what happens on Dec 10th? The Las Vegas Marathon, ofcourse! J.T. has a business related seminar to attend that weekend, and we both have some celebrating to do for our 10th wedding anniversary that was in May of this year. We wanted to go to Vegas then, but felt it was not in our best financial interest since we had just been snow skiing and was also planning for a beach trip this summer. So we agreed to do the "mature thing" (saying that made it easier, by the way) and deny ourselves of this indulgence. But now that there is business to be done in Vegas, it's a different story. I am not ready to commit to doing this yet, but I'll just say I am thinking seriously about it right now.

Have you guys of the North Face Endurance 50 yet? Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes is going to run 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days!! Can you imagine? I am completely intrigued by this. And you can actually sign up for $100 and run with him at any of the events. He has a post on his blog titled "Building Endurance" where I'd like to quote some of the things he says:

"One thing is for certain, I've been completely amazed by the resilience of the human body."

"You’re better than you think you are and you can do more than you think you can. Whether you're running one mile or one hundred, I encourage you to test your own personal boundaries and expand upon your own personal limits of endurance."

It is nice to think that I may be better than I think I am, and can do more than I think I am capable of. I'll carry that around in my pocket for awhile.

15 comments:

Michele said...

Congrats on the new Garmin, you will LOVE it. Did your dad give you the "I am moved and touched" pledge?

I still think you should go to Memphis instead of Vegas!!!

mouse said...

I JUST read that post by Dean yesterday, and I thought it was awesome too!

you'll have to give us a review of the 305 when you've spent some time with it. I'm thinking about upgrading this Christmas...

david said...

I'm jealous....a 305. The quotes from Karnazes are good food for thought.

TriSaraTops said...

Uh oh...was thinking of getting a 301 used from a club member...I would LOOOOVE the 305 but it just ain't in the cards for me---sooo jealous!!! :) Should I stay away from the 301???

Careful runnin' in that heat!

rice said...

It is incredible what the body can to when it has to keep up with a determined mind, like my own hero Terry Fox. These people are an inspiration then we also have to keep in mind what kind of inspiration we are being to others as well.

Cheers.

Rice.

Bridgette said...

Holy crap that is CRAZY!

BTW, you should hit Women's Health Mag to win a Garmin! Well, maybe not because I am DEFINITELY winning that bad boy!

I think that's the only way I'm goin to get one.... for free!

Rae said...

I was just wondering if you were thinking about a fall/winter marathon!! Vegas sounds like a blast, a lot of the bloggers did it last year.

Yeah for new Garmins! I love my 205.

Cliff said...

As Rice said,

our body is super strong..Terry Fox ran a marathon a day for 40 or so days with one leg. Amazing what your body can do when your mind is focus and strong.

Lance Notstrong said...

You should do the Vegas Marathon!!! I'm running my first marathon in Dallas on Dec 10th. It would be cool to go thru training together....online :-) My plan has me starting next week though.

Papa Louie said...

A trip to Vegas is a good excuse for your wedding anniversary. Go for it. I enjoy the Dean quote: "you can do more than you think you can." I think I proved it this weekend with a hard 13 mile run and a sprint triathlon the next day. I felt fine even after the triathlon.

jkrunning--Just Keep Running said...

Multi-tasking.I love it.

rice said...

Just for clarification (I had to look this up myself): Terry Fox ran 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles) before he was forced to stop because the cancer had spread to his lungs.

The man was amazing.

Cheers.

Rice.

E-Speed said...

Have fun with your new toy! Vegas would be a fun one, I wouldnt make any time goals though as theres bound to be lots of partying!

backofpack said...

Sounds like a plan - Vegas and the marathon. Hope you get to do it!

Michele said...

I see you updated your race schedule and Music City is on it now, does that mean you are in?????
Also I don't see Vegas (or Memphis) what's up with that???