But I digress, because it all doesn't really matter. Larry came home from work last night and announced he is doing lent. To me, of course, as an all-out-or-nothing person, it meant going vegetarian. He quickly back-pedaled and explained that "in Western culture" (and I am what, from Ancient Greece?) it simply means giving up something important enough for it to be difficult. He is going without coffee-beans products (he called it caffeine, but I am sure he didn't mean not drinking tea). So, I figured, what the h...ever. Our dates are close enough (see info insert below), I might as well, and to make it more interesting, I am giving up coffee-bean stuff, dairy and grains. I love me a slice of cheese!!! That'd be a tough one. We both figured we'd do the "dirty drinking" on Sunday though, you know, weak "Western civilization" and all. So, if you see either one of us in the next 40 days disobey, make sure to slap our hands.
In another news, I am still in complete owe and stunned at my marathon. I guess when the pressure doesn't exist, body regulates everything that much better. Although according to official photos I looked pretty dang focused wherever they were taking pictures. And seemed that I limped in the final sprint. But the good thing is - I am not any worse for wear and tear afterwards! I am thrilled! My foot locked up Sunday afternoon, as I took Stephen to skatepark and spent 2 hrs working in the lab, and it was rather odd on Monday, but by the end of Monday it released itself (OK, I did work on it), and became pain free. It was so odd. I saw my ART dude on Tuesday morning, and I surprised him as well. It hurts as much (or as not much) as it did before that stunt I did running 26 pavement miles off the couch. Overall, my body feels pretty good too. I kept thinking how weird I don't have much soreness, and may be those Hoka's are doing what Dave Mackey claims - cutting the recovery time for old folks. But last night I went for a little jog to meet Larry coming off his workout, and the quads showed me who the boss is - and it wasn't me. I shuffled, quietly laughing at myself. Human after all:)
My next venture into running - I sent a check and an application for a Prickly Pear 50k in San Antonio on March 10th. It is a 10M dirt path flat loop, boring out of my mind, but it is close by to make a day of trip, and I don't see myself doing a long training run for April race otherwise. I will also be volunteering at Nueces races on Saturday prior, as usual.
As for this weekend? A trip to Portland, to visit my adult child, squeeze a few friends in and a couple of runs on lush soft Oregon trails.
Western Christianity date of Lent 2012Start of Lent 2012 (Ash Wednesday) - Wednesday 22 February 2012
End of Lent 2012 (Holy Saturday) - Saturday 7 April 2012
Eastern Orthodox Christianity date of Lent 2012Start of Lent 2012 (Clean Monday) - Monday 27 February 2012
End of Lent 2012 (Friday before Palm Sunday) - Friday 13 April 2012
Don't forget to get extra-clean next Monday!