Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Early entry

I've got a little bit of time on my hands, so hopefully I can make good use of it with this entry. Today is Tuesday, and in my mixed-up lil world Tuesday is synonymous with track. Practice is scheduled for 7 p.m., and perhaps the only shred of good fortune about working out so late (for me at least) is that I essentially get the whole day to catch up on any outstanding little projects that I've neglected the rest of the week. I'm fortunate to be in a work situation where I have an understanding boss who graciously gives me Tuesdays and Fridays off so I can make it into Boston for workouts - and since the earliest I'll typically go into work is 5:30 p.m., having my weekend mornings freed up for races usually isn't too big a deal. When a conflict does arise, however, my supportive co-workers at the T&G are usually pretty good about negotiating a switch. It's a nice little situation to be in. I also happen to enjoy my job and the company of the people I work with, which never hurts either. Believe me, I lucked out on all fronts - everything just sorta happened to fall into the right places at the right time. Funny how life works out sometimes.

A few snippets of possible interest:

- As I mentioned earlier, I'll be heading to Reggie in a little while for practice. My legs are a bit fatigued from the combination of racing in spikes on Sunday and sliding around in the snow yesterday. I felt a bit sluggish on my run this morning so hopefully everything comes around for tonight's session. I'm not sure what Kevin has on tap, but with most of us racing again this weekend it probably won't be too much more than a glorified stride session. Here's to hoping, anyways.

- Some pics from the GBTC Invitational this past weekend courtesy of Alison. As always, she did an excellent job!

- When my head starts rolling around like this in a race, chances are that I'm in a world of trouble. No exception here - this was the beginning of the end for me this past Sunday.

- Major marathon announcement yesterday. I'm still trying to make sense of the whole thing, but on the surface it seems like a good idea. In my opinion, any efforts made to promote the sport on an international stage while fostering higher levels of competition can't be such a bad thing. It's almost like distance running's modern-day version of the Triple Crown, which is kinda cool in a way. Maybe Vegas will have fun with the concept...on second thought, probably not. Either way, it's a step in the right direction and hopefully will take on the same sort of significance that winning the "triple crown" of Boston, New York, and Fukuoka had back in the 70s and early 80s.

- In completely unrelated-to-running news, I'm currently watching Giada De Laurentiis do her thing on The Food Network. Hell, I don't even know what she's cooking, but I don't really care. Their slogan: More than just food. I couldn't agree more.

- OK, back to running. I'm racing the mile Friday night at BU. After Sunday's debacle, 4:16 would be a step in the right direction at this point. Entries will be posted here sometime this afternoon - solid meet shaping up, give 'em a look if you get a chance.

- I hadn't checked for a few days until just now, but it seems like all the Brandon Moen posts have been removed from letsrun. This is probably a good thing.

And that's likely gonna do it for today. Time to get my shit together and ride the Mass Pike all the way into Roxbury for some indoor fun. Maybe I'll have some more to add later, but I wouldn't count on it. Adios for now.

Quote of the day:

He quickly settled into a mesmerizing pattern of hard training, reading, eating simple fare, sleeping like a wintering bear and talking to the pots and pans. "I'm going nuts," he informed himself happily in the mirror one morning.
Once A Runner, p. 162


jay said...

She truly is very attractive. I'm talking about Ms. Laurentiis here, very good looking. And Italian, too. What a combination. That is all.

Mario said...

Couldn't agree more.