Thanks for all the encouraging words about getting out of my little rut! (I’ll just pretend that there was no contest to enter, and all those comments were motivated by genuine concern. ) Seriously, it is neat to see how many people have felt exactly the same way after a big race. My favorites are the ones who tell me to just listen to my body and go back to bed.
The plan to jumpstart myself with running every day in November is going well so far. Three days, 22 miles.
Sunday’s run was 11 miles. It was actually a five-and-a-half mile race put on by the running club that I’m in, but I showed up early with two of the guys in the ultra group to do the course an extra time. It was kind of cold and rainy, but the course was fun because there was a nice trail section with a really steep hill and a stream crossing. Yes, this is fun now. So different from how I used to feel about trails. I ran the “race” part in 40 minutes and got all sweaty and muddy, so it was nice to meet Erin and Target on the way home and have people wonder why there was a jungle boy in the store.
Then on Monday, I did just four miles, but in my Vibram FiveFingers. I’m still trying to build up mileage in them, and four miles at a time is about where I am now. I definitely notice that I get tired much faster in the VFF’s; it’s just a different kind of running and all those small muscles in my feet and lower legs fatigue really quickly. But it’s getting better, and it’s a lot of fun.
The worst part of the VFF’s is still the blisters they give me; on this run it got so bad that I actually took them off and went completely barefoot for about half a mile until I couldn’t stand it anymore! I got a lot of looks from the women who were doing their morning walks on the trail, but they weren’t exactly longing, come-hither looks. No, they were more of the horrified, why-is-that-savage-running-in-barefeet-and-man-does-he-need-a-haircut looks. And I got a nice splinter in my foot to show for that little escapade too.
I did get a haircut yesterday, all part of the plan. Is nice! (Borat voice.)
And for the third run, I ran the whole trail near my house, seven miles. And in a pretty good time too — 52:26, about a 7:30 pace. This is actually really fast for me on this trail; usually I’m good for about eight-minute miles at best.
The Dearth of Food
If you haven’t noticed, there has been one on this blog recently. I still cook a new recipe almost every single night, just haven’t had any real winners recently. But fear not, I’ll keep tryin’, and when I find a good one, I’ll post it.