[No blogging Lent is officially a failure. Not reading blog stuff between other stuff in my Google Reader and skipping emailed comment alerts just got unwieldly. I could either continue to cheat and pretend I'm keeping my Lenten plan, try to start over or just quit. I never "just quit," but I'm trying new things... As my schedule on Sundays is changing and getting crowded, blog time disappears entirely, so I quit.]
If the title of this post immediately caused a flashback to another decade, you'll understand this post more fully than others.
Last week was a rough one in training. After a week of 70+ miles, which was my average in January, I tried a long run on Saturday, that was slower than planned and much shorter than planned - mediocre. Sunday was a short day with some sprints thrown in, top pace of 4:05/mile, which compared to my summer typical 3:35-3:38, was - mediocre. Monday I planned an interval workout, which I had scaled back to 5x1200m in 5 minutes, with 5 minutes rest; I did 3 repeats and quit - mediocre. Tuesday, I was dead meat from step one. Wednesday, I managed one mile, sat on a bench for half an hour, then managed the mile back home.
What was wrong?
It was time for the coach in me to take a look at the training. It was a mediocre week - if I were in shape. As things stand, it was one hard day after another and I dug myself a hole. I used to be able to train that way, but Coach said: you can't train like that; it's not the 1980's any more.
Good thing, really. If you didn't recognize the title it came from the following song, "Relax (Don't Do It)" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It's the only hit to come out of leather bars. Here's the banned from TV video... and, well, you were warned.
My mind sometimes tells me I'm still a kid and can run hard all day every day. It was a bad idea, even then. Speaking of which, I remember seeing this video when it came out and thinking, "People are going to see this in 20 years and think we thought this looked cool." Perhaps the ultimate 1980's thing?
To show you I'm not the only one who's aged badly, here's Tawny Kitaen more recently than that video (2002 mug shot):
And here's David Coverdale, from a celebrity plastic surgery website:
Yeah, you're welcome.
Today, I ran with Shannon after she did the Get Lucky Half-Marathon in a PR 1:39 (congratulate her here). She already is dropping names like Kel Doyle and Jason Husveth, so trails and long runs have seeped under her skin. She had so much energy finishing out her 20 miles on the hills around Highland Park, she'll have no trouble at all at her first ultra, Trail Mix 50K.
Tomorrow: 31 at Afton with Matt.
Hmm. This relaxing thing is going to be tougher than I thought.
For the few of you who missed this viral video, here's what made me laugh this week. Just TRY not to laugh along with little Evan!
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