Tuesday, July 8, 2008

scuttlebut

I know, I know, I've been lazy.  My postings have been far and few between since the long dance on June 15.  My apologies.  The thing is I was a little discouraged.  I completed the MB Marathon on Sunday June 15th and on Monday June 16th I checked the training schedule for the Twin City Marathon.  It seems I was already two weeks behind schedule!  What's a guy to do? 
I've been training 5 days a week for the last couple of weeks.  I'm averaging 26 to 30 running miles per week with a fair bit of commuter cycling in between.  The weather has been on the hot side, but not unbearable.  Today and yesterday were actually pretty chilly for July.  I've been running solo which is very different to what I've been used to for the last several months.  I find solo running fine for the shorter runs but the longer runs (like today's 12 miler) can be pretty boring.  I ran with Vivian and Gwen on Sunday and that was great fun (Vivian is considering a full marathon this fall with David and Gwen seems content with the Half - Mary's for the time being).  Chatting with a couple of buds absolutely makes the miles go by faster.  I'll probably be running the Twin City marathon alone so these long quiet runs are good mental preparation. The picture above shows my gazebo; it's my place of solitude and rest. It's where I go to come down after a run (i.e. read "nap").  
You know it... it's a good day...  M

3 comments:

Naomi said...

Mike, I absolutely love the name of your new blog. Very witty. Don't get lazy on me now, I am just getting back into consistent running and your blog inspires me. If you have any 12 mile or less days, let me know and I would love to pick up and run with you, although I am not sure I could keep up any longer!

You should have lots of time to blog now that school is out. :)

Michael said...

Thanks Naomi, I would absolutely love to run with you! I did my long run yesterday because I'm at the folk festival this weekend, but I'll be back to a normal schedule next week. Next Sunday (or Saturday), not this one coming) I do a 14 miler. Perhaps we can hook up for a portion? I'll be in touch. Mike

Jen said...

I know how you feel about the lonely training. I've done it for the last two years and I was pretty jealous reading about your awesome group. It's nice to have time to think, but there's only so much thinking a person can do. I rely a lot on my i pod. Songs can take you anywhere to any place in time and really make the miles pass quickly.

Thanks for your encouragement! I appreciate it. And I love the new blog look! Very appropriate for a teacher and all.