Yet another crazy week – I mentioned on Wednesday that I had taken two days off because I had been edged off the road intentionally by a pickup truck and what was level snow on top of the side of the road turned out to be a 3″ drainage area. My back was tight and a bit sore, and worst when I woke up. It has gotten better each day, and I didn’t even notice it yesterday when I got up for my long run.
Because of all the work for Christopher’s birthday and also my day-job work, I didn’t feel I took advantage of our all-too-short warm-up. So on Saturday I wanted to make sure I got in a long run – Lisa had to be into work in the afternoon, which gave us time to go through bills and upcoming stuff for the kids and so on.
I headed out without a clear idea of exactly how long I would go, but I knew I wanted to do my ‘double hill’ loop at least. That would be very challenging and at least 14 miles. As I came down the other side of the hill I made the choice to head around the airport loop. I passed a guy I know on Facebook running the other direction – he is just coming back from injury, and apparently not much after I saw him he was doing more walking than running. I reminded him to take it slow, but it is hard on a day like that!
This picture is from the large hill, and while it is hard to see, the water flowing down through the snow has formed white caps because of how it was rushing down! Several places it crossed the road and I ended up with soaked feet … not that I am complaining!
Here is my weekly summary:
Sunday: 25F and snowy – 13.75 miles
Tuesday: (Unplanned) Rest
Wednesday: 18F – 7.5 miles
Thursday: 18F – 9.5 miles
Friday: 35F … 7.5 miles
Saturday 48F and very windy, did 20.5 miles
So that was my week – another 58.75 mile week that ended with the longest run I’d done since the Wineglass marathon! When I got home I was greeted with ‘wow, you went for a much longer run today!’
Sadly after this great warm-up we are rapidly plunging towards sub-zero temperatures again! Definitely not liking what I see on the long-term forecast! Oh well, as Little Bear sang, “we’ll weather the weather … whether we like it or not!”
A colleague I worked with for many years when I was at Shipley (which was later bought by Rohm and Haas, which was more recently bought by Dow) and she was at semiconductor equipment company Therma-Wave has a great blog where she details some great hikes she takes outside of the Bay Area. She is also a skilled photographer, and between the descriptions and pictures I really feel I am there – which has been great during this cold winter!
And this week over at Arman’s site, the ‘Spill It Sunday’ is ‘Book Edition’ – more fun questions to answer!
1. Favourite novel of all time?
2. Favourite genre (e.g. Crime, Thriller, Biography, Fitness etc)
‘Literature’ – I know it is a bit non-descript, but my favorite authors include Dostoyevsky, Joyce, Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson, VS Naipaul, Camus, Sartre, and so on.
3. Favourite childhood novel/Favourite teen novel?
Encyclopedia Brown – I loved these detective stories, figuring out what was going on and then the reveals. It was fun passing them down to my kids!
4. Favourite Series?
Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov – while later entries as the series converged with the Robots in the 80s were weaker, the original trilogy from the 50s remains some of my favorite science fiction, moreso because it isn’t purely sci-fi, but rather character and human studies.
5. Which book would you hope future generations will continue to consider a classic?
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – for many reasons people try to ban this book or revise the language or remove it from classes. But it is an amazing piece of art, and captures a spirit of Americana in a way that few authors have ever managed.
6. Worst novel to be written?
I tend to stay away from stuff that is supposed to be bad, so I haven’t read the Twilight books, or 50 Shades of Grey, and so on. But I have read a few books in the Star Wars expanded universe that were truly awful. Those would be probably the worst I can recall reading all the way through.
So what about you? How was YOUR running this week? Did you take advantage of better weather (did you HAVE better weather)? And how about YOUR favorite books?
Hope everyone has a great week!