Item One - Long Beach 1/2 Marathon
After much deliberation, I've decided to not run the Long Beach 1/2 Marathon next month. After learning about how much of the course is run on a concrete path, and after last weekend's run on a fair amount of concrete which culminated in some PF soreness, I decided it's not really worth the risk. Thanks so much to all of you who posted last week with your encouragement and words of wisdom. It's not really like me to be so mature about these things. I guess that's what 9 months of dealing with injury will do, increase maturity.
As you might guess, I'm heartbroken, but I'll survive.
Side note: When I went to PT this morning, Brett my PT had already "heard a rumor" that I had some soreness after running...the result? More squats and lunges for me!
Item Two - My toe
I'm guessing that by this time tomorrow, I'll be a 9-toenailed person. It's been quite awhile since I lost toenails due to running, but I think that those first five, downhill miles of AFC did the damage, so soon, I'll be sporting this look.
Truth is, due to the fabulous red polish, I had no idea that my toe had sufferred so much damage until last night. The nail is hanging tough, but I'm guessing it's not long for this world (or my foot). I suspect that I'll be polishing the nail bed soon.
Item Three - The winds
It's damn hot here right now...DAMN HOT. Not like the kind of thing they're experiencing in Sydney right now (yes, thanks to the blogosphere, I am aware of the weather in, say, Perth* now**), but it FEELS like the sky should be red and dusty.
Photo pilfered from the Sydney Morning Herald, but I only found it because Mel linked to it on her blog.
It's that time of year, only it shouldn't really be that time of year. Usually the Santa Ana winds don't come until October, but they've come early this year (and really, the Christmas decorations are up in Costco, so why shouldn't the Santa Ana winds also come early?) I fear for us this year and how we'll ever make it through fire season.
So it's dry, and dusty, and the WIND...can I talk about the FREEKIN', NASTY, EVIL, HOT, DESERT WIND?
I woke up this morning with a headache and wondered if I was coming down with a cold or something, but really, it was just the change in the pressure as we moved from the lovely offshore, tropical, winds to the desert winds from the east.
Yep, there's not much weather to complain about in SoCal.
Anyway, because it's Santa Ana time, I'm compelled to include my favorite Raymond Chandler quote about the Santa Ana Winds
"There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge." --"Red Winds"
I only wish I could write like that...
Item Four - We were glowing!
Last weekend, before the Santa Ana Winds, it was merely hot and HUMID. One of the volunteers for the track club was taking some photos at one of the aid stations. He captured this
Item Last - GLEE
BWAHAHAHAHAHA...Best line of the night from the Evil Cheerleading Coach? "I'm busting out of my box" I do love this show.
Running this week? Yeah, I've run once on the 'mill (did I mention that it's HOT here right now?) 3 miles of 800 repeats. Felt fine afterward, no pain. One day of PT so far.
Oh Damn...I kept thinking it was Thursday and I didn't have to teach tomorrow. Just realized I have an 8am class...nite nite!
* I really don't know what the weather is like in Perth right now. I just didn't want you to think that I knew only one city in Australia...GEEZ!
** Actually, if I wanted to, I could certainly find out what the weather is like in Perth because I do know how to access weather.com and look it up...just to be clear.