Actually, I first heard this joke with “naked lady” instead of “hotdog,” but I don’t want to be forced to drink hemlock for committing the crime of corrupting the youth. And hotdog works better, frankly. FRANKly. Ha ha. At any rate, this is my way of introducing the theme of this post, which is ketching up.
1. After a long and arduous twenty-two days on the market, we sold our house. The closing date is expected to be on August 14. I’m going to miss lots of people, lots of dogs, lots of places. I’m also incredibly excited to be setting off on a new adventure, one that I expect to have a big influence on my running life, the details of which will be chronicled here for your bemusement.
2. Oh, hey, does anyone from the Olympic Peninsula area read this blog? Want to help us find a place to live? We have three dogs, so there’s that.
3. During the Gathering of the Barefeet in NYC last September, I met Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee. They gave me a copy of their book which I promised to review but never did. Hopefully promoting their very cool looking movie will help ease the guilt:
4. Instead of running yesterday, I leashed myself at the hip to one of our trees. Standing on a descent, I did 2000-Ups. My miles have been few, but my calfachilankle is feeling ok and I’ve been doing other exercisey things. I’m feeling good.
5. How good? I think I have another sub-18 for the Kernersville 4th of July 5k next Wednesday. This will be my last local race. It’s also the only race I’ve run every year since I got back in the game. My times were:
22:07 (2009 in walmart aquasocks)
19:45 (2010 barefoot)
18:26 (2011 barefoot)
6. The Scream Half ten days later is harder to predict. Have my minimal miles refreshed me, or depleted my endurance?
7. For endurance, I was going to find a used stationary bike to purchase due to the heat. My morning time is limited (work starts at 7am, half hour drive), and I just don’t see the benefit of running in extreme heat. I’m not saying there isn’t one, I’m just saying I don’t see it. I can’t, through the misery of the heat. Anyway, stationary bike, thinking of buying one, then PRESTO! There’s Angie Bee pedaling away on the very contraption I’d like to have. Iris did her Team Sutcliffe Mastermind Magic and ABRACADABRA! I have a FitDesk too. Stay tuned to Iris’ blog for a chance to get one of your own. It’s great. I can be productive fitnessly speaking while wasting time on the internets. My only complaint is that the seat is too cushioned. You know how I feel about cushioning.
8. I left a comment on Jason’s blog that I feel like sharing:
If you’re competitive and having fun, you’ll be fit.
If you’re having fun and fit, you’ll be competitive.
If you’re fit and competitive, you’ll be having lots and lots of fun.