A story of going from being a non-runner to planning for a marathon in three years...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I really thought Monday night's run was going to be cruddy. I felt slightly nauseous and dizzy on the train on my way home and I was so exhausted that I could have fallen face down on to my bed and been asleep within seconds.

However, I know that running tends to make me feel better, not worse, so I sucked it up and went anyway.

My training plan had me doing 5.5 miles at a 9:00 minute pace but I just haven't been feeling the tempo runs lately. I think right now I'm just happy to get out there and get in the mileage on Mondays.

So, while I did end up running a decent pace for 4 miles I focused more on enjoying the conversation I was having with my running buddy, Jacob.

We talked about books. I recently finished reading Unbroken.

I guess Runner's World had an article on this book with some excerpts. One of the club members lent me the book and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It's heart wrenching in parts and it's certainly not all about running but I highly recommend it.

Jacob told me he's currently reading What is the What.

I admit I tried to read What is the What but just couldn't stay with it. I feel like I should try again, though, because it's a part of the world about which I am woefully ignorant.

But instead I'm now reading Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife.

Talking about books made the 5.5 miles go by quickly and, just like I suspected, I felt much better once I was actually out there running.

What about you? What are you currently reading? Is there a particular topic that makes the time fly by when you're talking about it?

Monday OPRC Run by snmnstrz21 at Garmin Connect - Details


d.a.r. said...

I just finished Unbroken as well...how do you like Spook?? Looks really interesting!

Rose said...

I'm currently reading one of my favorite trashy mystery novels. I can't remember the name. hahaha.

Maribeth said...

I just finished listening to "Sex at Dawn". I liked it, explored some interesting non-traditional topics.

Anonymous said...

Currently reading "Just Another Judgement Day" by Simon R. Green and "Undone" by Rachel Caine. Enjoying both.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have a running buddy for that reason! I have "Hunger Games" that I received for Christmas that I am going to start soon. And I also just got "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" on CD. I'm excited for that one!

kilax said...

How is it that running almost always makes us feel better? Even when we are exhausted? Amazing! Good for you for running! And I am happy you got to catch up with Jacob!

I am embarrassed by how little I read. I could read on the train. But I use the computer. When I try to read at night, I fall asleep. So lame. Anyway, right now, I am reading Racing Weight. I am actually somewhat disappointed in how little "new" information is in it.

Amy B @ Second City Randomness said...

I was never a tempo fan. Kind of wish I were, but to each their own, right? When it comes to my plan, I just like getting out there to "run". If I do it faster, I'm psyched (because that's a goal, too), but the tempo had me feeling way too much pressure...

I'm reading "Blink" right now. It's a random departure from the comedic short essay collections I usually go for.

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