Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Short and sweet

Like Andrew, I'm slowly, slowly getting back into running, sort of... It's nice to take a bit of a break and not be fussing and worrying about the next run or being fearful of the next hard workout.

Sat - easy 5 miles at home before blasting off to Bathurst to visit my Mom. The run was alot faster than planned because the legs felt strong and loose and because Jo's famous pancakes were waiting for me after the run. I would pay for this enthusiasm in 24 hours... Total for the week was all of 30 miles.

The drive up was uneventful (about 4.5 hours on non-divided highway) and it was great to see my mother again, who is looking very well. We talk every week but visits are fewer than I'd like. Her health has had a downturn recently but she's getting really good medical attention and treatment with a good prognosis thus far. I also got to visit my sister who immediately put me to work doing some wiring in her fix-er-upper house. But she did feed me pizza, beer and ice-cream (knows what I like, eh?)

The next morning I was up early for my medium-short long run. After being silly last weekend and running in the Phedippidations 1/2 marathon (though not as extreme as DawnB with her back to back marathons!), this weekend the plan was for about 1.5 to 2 hrs depending on how it went. It didn't go that well with my legs feeling sore and tired from the start. Usually this feeling goes away after 10-15 minutes but today it was still there after 30-45 minutes out. But it was a beautiful morning with cool temps and sunshine so I just kept on moving my feet. Ended up with about 12.5 miles in 1:43 but this is only a guess because it was pretty ugly at the end with sore cramping hams and a general tired feeling. Blaming it on the semi-tempo and working in Sis's basement the day before, oh well.

Then it was off to Saint John with my Mom so she can make her appointment the next day at the Regional hospital there. We got to visit my brother and were able to celebrate his birthday with cake and a few candles.
Did I tell you he was my little younger brother? Ha! Happy 48 there Bro ;-)

Oops this was also supposed to be a short post. Gotta go play volleyball now. Hope the rust is out after the disaster that was last week's games. Cya later!

Good luck to all those running marathons this weekend. Can't wait for the reports from Zeke and to see how the Kenyans do too!


Andrew said...

Hey icecube, I don't think I've ever seen you 'fuss' over a run.

Is it still volleyball season? This madness must stop at some point shouldn't it?

These down weeks are hard to deal with.

Thomas said...

A medium-short long run? Now that's a novel term. And I finally twigged that you can't give out to me about the soccer anymore, seeing as you're into volleyball yourself.

Take it easy, those 12.5 miles sounded a bit ugly for someone still in marathon recovery.

UMaine Cooperative Extension said...

Pizza, beer, and ice cream? Does your sister need any more work done?

Love2Run said...

Icecube? Now where did that come from? It's always vball season but I'm not always energetic enough to get out the door for it. As long as I don't go and take up hockey too, eh?

Actually Marc my sis has enough work for 2 or 3 of us for a few months. Too bad it's so far away!

Phil said...

Sounds like you had a great time at your moms. What's going on outside the windows in the picture. Looks like somebody is doing some serious digging.

Thanks for the recent comments by the way. I appreciate the input.

Enjoy your "recovery" phase.

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