Saturday, September 09, 2006

Some Like It Hot

I, however, do not.

This morning we met in Prospect Park at 8am. I'd been calculating how many times I'd have to run around the 3.4 mile loop of the park to get enough mileage, and was very grateful when Coach Vanessa announced that we'd be takin' it to the streets instead. We ran the same Brooklyn Bridge route that we'd done a few weeks ago. Last time, I turned around at 14th St. in Manhattan for a total of 14 miles. This time I kept going up to 34th St. for a total of 16 miles. I felt pretty good until maybe the last mile, at which point the heat was kind of getting to me. I'm glad I'm running my first marathon in San Francisco in October!

Food: 1/2 a Clif bar (pre-run), Espresso Love Gu (how I love thee, Espresso Love) 1 hour in, Vanilla Bean Gu (not so much) 2 hours in.

Post-run: the remainder of the Clif bar, a fruit smoothie, one scrambled egg.

Much to my chagrin, I've gained about 6 pounds since I started training (totally my own food-loving fault). I'm trying to get that off now, because it turns out that running is a lot more fun when you weigh less.


Agent DLang said...

From Rush's "Marathon Lyrics", a way to beat the heat...and many other bits of wisdom that will certainly transcend the ages.

It's not how fast you can go
The force goes into the flow
If you pick up the beat
You can forget about the heat
More than just survival
More than just a flash
More than just a dotted line
More than just a dash

It's a test of ultimate will
The heartbreak climb uphill
Got to pick up the pace
If you want to stay in the race
More than just blind ambition
More than just simple greed
More than just a finish line
Must feed this burning need
In the long run...

From first to last
The peak is never passed
Something always fires the light that gets in your eyes
One moment's high, and glory rolls on by
Like a streak of lightening
That flashes and fades in the summer sky

Your meters may overload
You can rest at the side of the road
You can miss a stride
But nobody gets a free ride

More than high performance
More than just a spark
More than just the bottom line
Or a lucky shot in the dark
In the long run...


You can do a lot in a lifetime
If you don't burn out too fast
You can make the most of the distance
First you need endurance
First you've got to last...


Chad R West said...


Great reference!

I was under the impression you had to be at least one of the following to really know about Rush:

1) Hockey loving, Molsen drinking Canook

2) The same as #1, but from Western NY (because we aspire to be like our friends from Strange Brew, eh hoser?)

3) A mad percussionist who idolizes Neil Peart

NOTE: Growing up I was two out of the three. And since I lived about an hour from the border, and spent much of my pre-legal drinking days making the trip to the clubs. I feel I should be considered an honorary Canadian as well! :)

Chad R West said...

Btw, Gillian...

I have to agree Espresso Love is the best flavor they have, with Chocolate Outrage in close second.

A couple weeks back I forgot to bring some on a 50M ride in Tahoe, so we had to stop at a bike shop on route. They only had Cliff Shots "non-flavor" in stock. I'll tell you right now that crap is awful! It turned to liquid and tasted like super sweet cherry cough syrup. I had a real hard time getting it down and wasted a ton of water to chase it.


Gillian said...

Chad - you are definitely an honourary Canadian, we're happy to have you! (But you'll have to learn to spell "Molson.")

And DLang MARRIED #1, and is a Bills fan so he kind of qualifies for #2. Not bad, eh? :-)