Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Reason to celebrate: Beat the big ass hills and made it to 200 posts

Today was hill training - 5.5 miles at 5 AM. Average pace: 9:47 per mile. It had rained the night before, providing the morning with much fog and many puddles. Fun stuff. I blister easily and don’t like to run with wet gear. My shoes were the only things to get wet today – and since I already had blisters from the half – my wet shoes only added to the festering pus. No biggie. The last 2 miles were a slow hell; they brought my average pace down considerably. Being run over and dragged by a car for 2 miles would have been more pleasant, I suspect.

I saw two shooting stars this morning. The second was bright and lasted so long, I thought for a moment its trail might touch land. My wish was for more hill training.

But the run is over, the morning young, and I’m off to irritate my co-workers by being absurdly wide-awake.

31 Comments:

Blogger Kate said...

Even the stars are celebrating for you!

You're getting so much faster.

(Psst - nice semi-colon use) ;)

10:26 AM  
Blogger D said...

Nice way to start out a day. I hope you are enjoying irritating your co-workers as I type this!!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Zara said...

Wow! Your description of victory brightened my morning, too!

Congrats on beating the big ass hill!

10:35 AM  
Blogger Swordspoint said...

Congrats on the hill and the 200 posts. Now do some work and irritate all those lovely people you work with!

10:38 AM  
Blogger Al Carter said...

isn't it great to irritae somnambulant co-workers when you arrive all firsky after a decent work out. Way to make them feel inadequate ; )

Anyway - congrats on the hill cracking!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Al Carter said...

lol I can spell somnambulant but not frisky!!!
or maybe firsky is a new word - like being the first to ski or something - who knows????

11:11 AM  
Blogger Wylee said...

Yay for shooting stars! My co-workers are also completely annoyed by my bright cheery disposition so early in the morning. When I start skipping and singing around Santa's workshop they start ask me what I'm taking and why I'm not sharing. Oh your poor feet, a nice long soak in a hot bath with epsom salts should help.

11:13 AM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

You know us trail runners seek out water and mud so we don't look like we were out running on the roads when we get home. We have our image to maintain.

11:24 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

conga-rats on your time!

have you annoyed kate yet? do it do it do it.

she especially hates it when you mock her many & expressive facial expressions.

(i love you, kate)

11:47 AM  
Blogger The Spandex-King said...

Great job on the run and posting. That rain you had last night has turned to snow for me today. I will run in the snow today. Its hard but very peacefull. It will also make for a white Christmas. After that I wish it would go away. Take Care.

12:16 PM  
Blogger TryAthlete said...

Ah. Endorphin rush.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Danny said...

your dedication is inspiring...

1:29 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Good job Susan ;)..kick ass

2:15 PM  
Blogger Hilda said...

You are so dedicated!! At 5:00 am, woow!! Your are running very fast on hills.

Running inspires, and with those stars around sound like magic!!!

2:37 PM  
Blogger Flatman said...

I'm actually very jealous of your festering pus right about now...!

Nice run.

2:41 PM  
Blogger 'Zilla said...

festering pus? (gag!)

Shooting stars must have more than made up for that though - how NEAT! :)

2:45 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

See Suzie.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Elle said...

lol...funny girl.

4:15 PM  
Blogger craig said...

I too ran in the aftermath of the brief rain last evening. Your thoughts have been encouraging. Thanks for the inspiration.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Mia said...

You are just flat out hilarious. And getting faster too.

4:34 PM  
Blogger D said...

Great idea incorporating Devil Crunches into bootcamp!!! When I am in Tx I plan to do bootcamp w/you! :0

5:02 PM  
Blogger Bolder said...

um, hello, too much information!

or, should we be thankful you keepin' talkin' about your body parts???

6:40 PM  
Blogger Iron Benny said...

Only a runner (or triathlete for that matter) would wish for more hill work. That kicks more ass than I can possibly explain. You just earned yourself some serious Benny respect. A five-gallon bucket worth.

I love that people hate you when you are absurdly alert in the morning. My wife hates that! Amazing she still finds a way to love me. What a women. Hates morning people (that's me), yet, she still loves me. I don't get it, but there are things in life that you just don't question. Good luck with the pus. No I'm not talking about a cat.
Benny

6:47 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Haha... know what you mean by "absurdly awake". I did 8 miles before heading to work today and I think my high energy annoyed everyone!

8:44 PM  
Blogger David said...

We need pictures of pus!! (not really)

8:58 PM  
Blogger E-Speed said...

i love reading your posts! I am always impressed with how you wake up early and get to it. What an awesome way to start the day!!!

9:30 PM  
Blogger Richard Maas LMT, MTI said...

Do people usually do hill work to recover from running a half marathon? Great job today.

10:13 PM  
Blogger a.maria said...

nice. love it and..... congrats!

10:30 PM  
Blogger ~The Modern Tragedy said...

Susan, I;m gonna say this..... You told us your wish now it wont happen:(

12:20 AM  
Blogger susie said...

I'd say the shooting stars were a sign of something. But I'm always looking for a sign. Great run.

6:08 AM  
Blogger Rae said...

Good for you! I love shooting stars. Congrats on the 200 posts, doesn't time fly?!?!?

7:03 AM  

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