Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Longest Run Ever. Again.

It must have been around mile four that I left my Negative Nilly behind. She was really holding me down. All I wanted was to run at least five miles, but when I reached five, I wanted to do six and a half; I reached six and a half and I wanted to run eight.

So, I settled the conflict by running 9.06 miles.

I kid you not, over nine miles: it's the longest I've ever run in my entire life (I know I keep saying that, but it's true every time)! It had crossed my mind to run a full 10 miles and count the run as a double on the February goal, but I realized that I might start working toward goals for all the wrong reasons.

But nine miles! It solidified my choice to run the five-mile rach at St. Malachi on March 10.

I had originally set out this icy morning to just get five minimal miles under my belt and out of the way. But I started thinking about the race in less than two weeks. I thought that if I continued to stop at five miles, my body would be ready to stop way too early in a 5-mile race. I hope to prepare my body to race double that distance in the next couple of weeks, to be doubly ready.

When I was a swimmer, my dad always said to me that if I wanted to be an excellent 100-yard butterflyer, I should practice swimming 500-yard butterfly. And when I would swim 100, I would be more than prepared for the feat.

(I never actually followed my dad's advice, but I understood the logic. I may have been too interested back then in rushing home to hang out with Landon and gawk at the evolution of late-90s music videos, like "I Want You" by Savage Garden and the Take That video with Robbie Williams dancing in the rain.)

Blog Of The Day Awards WinnerP.S. Thanks to whomever nominated my blog for a Blog of the Day Award: that's awesome!


Anonymous said...

It looks like the nominator was a mysterious person called

John X.E.

John X.E. said...
Have you seen a small blog called Iron G in 2015 at It's more than a spectacular triathlon training blog. It's funny, insightful, and well researched. It's informative for anyone who's an athlete or not. I would like to nominate it. It's the best blog out there.

GP said...

Wow: go me! Haha. Thanks, John!

Landon said...

Oh, Robbie. How I miss those carefree days. And let's not forget that old chestnut, 'Sink to the Bottom' by Fountains of Wayne; maybe it was just the carbon monoxide buildup in your purple VW bug but I remember it fondly as the soundtrack to many of our voyages.

Congrats on the long run. That's completely amazing. If your race goes as well as I think it will, I have another racing proposition for you...