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Apr 15, 2007



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Running Accomplishments:

3:25:46 Marathon (Seattle '07)

1:36:56 Half Marathon (Whidbey '07)

1:34:30 Half Marathon - in race (Seattle '07)

53:02 12k (Rhody Run '07)

6:55 pace 14.52/185 mi relay (Northwest Passage '08)

Short-Term Running Goals:


June 1: 163  157!

June 8: 161  156

June 15: 159  156

June 22: 157  153

June 29: 155

July 6: 153

July 13: 151

July 20: 149  August 1: 149.6!


Oct 26: Cape Cod Marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Emulate my stepfather -- still running at 87!


I know a secret technique for opening mangos taught me by a Wolof sorcerer. I was briefly a political appointee at the U.N. I am intimately familiar with a disciple of David Hume.

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Mizuno Elixir Lifetime Miles: 128.80
NB 890v2 Lifetime Miles: 106.80
Kinvara 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 328.45
Merrell Sonic Glove Lifetime Miles: 9.90
Kinvara 3 Red Lifetime Miles: 83.10
Kinvara 3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 99.25
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Set sail in the U.S.S. Minnow on a stunning New England fall evening for an 8.5 mile tour. Intention was to run past Alewife to Fresh Pond, do a circuit, then back via Porter Square.

Everything was seaworthy, except the navigation system. Took a slight wrong turn--onto the Concord Turnpike. Nice soft dirt shoulder, if you can ignore the eighteen-wheel rigs whizzing past at 70 mph...

Half a mile or so of that was my limit: took the Lake Street Exit (literally), but had no idea where I was. Headed down Brighton Street in what turns out to have been Belmont/Arlington. Got to a large cluster of assisted living apartments in a green belt, many old people driving large SUVs very slowly. Ran the parking lot, decided to turn around and go back to Pleasant Street (which actually is only so-so). This seems to have been a mistake. If I'd just followed my nose I'd have gotten home a lot sooner.

Ended up doing a loop through Belmont Center, past the Macy's, under the bridge, which iswhere I started recognizing landmarks again. At that point it was kind of a lark. The air was crisp and fine and the dying light was like something out of a dusty bottle in a cellar in Avignon.  Ran Claypit Pond and took Concord Ave home via Porter.

Anyway, there's my long run for the week, folks. Did it in about 1:40.

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Thoroughly unsatisfying workout. Joined a track club to whip myself into shape over the winter. First workout yesterday, when I told him my situation (plateaued at about 7:00, conditioning erratic during the dissertation, diet needs work, but now looking forward to moving to the next phase) the coach told me bluntly "you can't keep up with any of these guys" and instructed me to run with the lead pack and then backtrack and pick them up again rather than following my own pace.

Stupid idea. It was a crazy run: hurt without giving me any real benefit in terms of a consistent pace and heart rate. Felt lousy afterwards without any real satisfaction in a completed task. Not to mention the wind was coming off the water at about 40mph so the stretch was impossible. Hopefully next week will be more useful.

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