Bite the bullet?

October 9, 2006 on 5:44 pm | By | In Training | 1 Comment

I’m kinda, sorta, somewhat committed to doing the Seattle half marathon in November. I’ve been telling people I’ll be doing it, I’ve blogged about it, and most importantly, I’m in the full throes of training for it. But I haven’t yet registered for it. You see, I’m all gung-ho when the weather is beautiful, but when it turns nasty, I’m a wuss. Fortunately we’ve only had a couple of really pissy days; although it’s indeed colder the weather continues to be glorious. As I write this there’s nary a cloud in the sky. But this IS Seattle after all, and the rain will be a comin’.

I just finished a half-hour of speed work and am feeling really good. Last Friday my darling and I ran my 10-mile long run together. While this distance normally makes me want to collapse on the couch afterwards, I had to gather the strength to cater a dinner for two that evening. But after a hearty sushi lunch I was up for the task. The couple was an absolute blast, and they were impressed with my accomplishments.

Although I’ve run the Seattle half marathon before, the course has changed (apparently they made it more difficult since it’s now a qualifying race for the Boston marathon). The race I ran was a nice flat one along the Burke-Gilman trail; it now starts in downtown Seattle and winds up and down along Lake Washington. The website claims it’s “moderately hilly,” but I intend to do a drive-through to see what I’m getting myself in to. Last week’s tempo run included some wicked hills; although my lungs felt like they were going to burst while in the midst of the hills, I was able to recover fairly quickly. But I know I need more practice if I want to reach my goal of finishing in under 2 hours.

So, do I just bite the bullet and sign up? If I register on or before October 15 it’ll be $70. After that it’s $75. Just a $5 savings, but I could buy 2-3 Clif ShotBlox for that! (Or a package of my favorite imported pasta). With my luck the weather will turn the moment my credit card is swiped.

1 Comment

  1. I say bite the bullet! Easy for me to say that though, isn’t it. 😉

    BTW I have been cooking (well, steaming and pureeing anyway) for two very hard to please clients. They’re not big talkers, so I’ve been trying to figure out how I’m doing by watching their body language. Have any of your clients ever taken a bite, frowned, shook their heads madly from side to side, spit out the food and watched it dribble down their shirts? If so, did you take that as a bad sign?

    Wendy

    Comment by Wendy C — October 9, 2006 #

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