|There were a lot of Big Bird images flying around Facebook the next day.|
After watching the debate, I couldn't help but think it is incredible that two parties can hardly see eye to eye on anything right now. Are we really all that different as people? We all want peace, love and harmony (along with good healthcare, top-notch schools and a steadfast economy) but our ideas on how to get there vary greatly.
Disagreement is everywhere. Even when it comes to something as simple as running there appears to be two camps.
Supportive vs. Minimalist
Road vs. Trail
Less is More vs. High Mileage
And all of the above come with strong opinions. I would like to see a debate between someone like Scott Jurek and say, Dean Karnazes. I'm sure their approaches to running and racing are quite different and this could make for some good conversation. It would probably be more entertaining than this week's presidential debate; that's for sure. I have heard some ultra runners talk a whole lot of smack about Dean Karnazes. Where is the love, people?
Do you belong to one of these "camps?"
I am somewhere in between. I'm not quite minimalist, I love trails and roads, I listen to music 50% of the time and I am still trying to figure out my ideal weekly mileage. I would call myself a moderate. :)
It's Chicago Marathon weekend and I am wishing I was running it! I'm from Chicago, for those of you that don't know, and this is a very exciting time in the Windy City. I still have yet to run Chicago as I was injured last year and cheered Ang on instead. I did jump in at mile 13.1 one year and ran the entire second half with Angela. I was able to experience the excitement, the crowds and half of the course. It was pretty spectacular and I absolutely have to run it one day. I also LOVE fall in Chicago. I miss the change of seasons and the way the trees go from green to bright orange, vivid red and golden. I miss the sound of dried leaves crunching under my running shoes. I have a Runner's World calendar hanging in my cubicle at work and this month's photo makes me miss fall running in Chicago.
|Doesn't that look enticing?|
Who is running Chicago this year?
I may not be running Chicago but Santa Barbara is NEXT MONTH. Already. Race day comes really fast when you sign up with less than 2 months to train. Ang and I discussed my late registration and how it may actually be a better option for me because it gives me less time to injure myself. I tend to overdo things, and since I only have 1 month left, I don't plan on packing in a bunch of 20 milers. I'll be happy with two. I've been enjoying this training cycle, if you can even call it that, and did Yasso's for the first time in an eternity last night. I forgot how fun Yasso's are!
I haven't done 800s in a million years, so I did 8 x 800 and was happy with that. I will run my first 20 miler in ages this Sunday. Wish me luck!If you're not familiar, Yasso's are 800s run at a pace in minutes and seconds that is the same as your marathon finish time. Confusing? So, if I want to run the marathon in 3 hours and 25 minutes, I would run my 800s in 3 minutes in 25 seconds. 3:25 - 3:25. Get it? The goal is to eventually build up to 10 Yasso's.
**I apologize for my rambling. It's Friday, and it this point in the week, my brain slightly shuts down.