We have been having one beautiful sunny fall day after another here, until yesterday when we had a little bit of wind and rain- our disappointingly mild experience of Hurricane Isabel. I love it when it rains, especially if there have been too many sunny days in a row. Too many sunny days bother me- I’m stuck inside working or studying and always in the back of my mind I’m thinking “I don’t want to be here. I really should be outside enjoying the weather. There should be something, I don’t know what, that I’m doing outside to fully take advantage of that weather.” So when it rains, it’s a nice reprieve and I can remain inside and be cozy, since I have to be inside most of the time anyway!
We’ve used the same pair of running shoes since last spring. This was really not wise, we probably should be on our third pair of shoes by now. We went to the mall a few days ago and got new running sneakers. The first four or five pairs of shoes that I requested resulted in the salesgirl coming back and apologetically saying that they were all out of the shoe in my size. I finally had to settle on a completely different brand of shoe.
Now, what I would like to know is, where ARE all the people who purchase running shoes? If they purchase these expensive shoes specifically made for long distance running, where are they doing some real legitimate running with these shoes? The streets and roads of Vermont should be filled with stampeding hordes of runners, as evidenced by how popular running shoes are. However, this is not the least bit true. The majority of the population use these running shoes mainly for stylish purposes. Just another
one of my pet peeves!
Not to jinx things, but Steve’s first week as an independent translator exceeded all of our expectations. He’s gotten more work than he knows what to do with. We hope it keeps up!
Day #174/#13 to go- You know you’ve gone off the deep end marathon-wise when you consider a 7 mile run “short”, a 13 mile run “not bad at all” and today’s 18 miler “great!”. There was a drastic difference between last week’s 18 mile run and today’s 18 miles. I actually picked up speed in the last six miles, whereas last week I was slowed to a crawl. I had no aches and pains, no tight muscles. I cut about 20 minutes off my time. I hope I feel as good on the day of the marathon as I did today. Maybe it was the new shoes.
All right, I’m ready. Bring it on.
Sep 21st 2003Uncategorized