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May 04, 2005

I'm turning it on, I'm working my legs

Well, I wasn't quite so blissed out as I was on Friday, when I had to drag myself off the treadmill, but today I did it: three miles without stopping. And while I didn't feel exhilaration, I was certainly able to tap into the comfort of physical exertion, and that was rewarding.

Now that I can run three miles, I feel like I can try doing the loop of Prospect Park. I'm feeling a little anxious about it; just as a quarter-mile track is not simply a long treadmill, the running lane around Prospect Park is not simply thirteen quarter-mile tracks laid end to end. For one thing, there are hills! That go both up and down! For another thing, anything I want with me, I have to carry. Jackrabbit Sports has these FuelBelt gizmos that Monica recommended. Seems like a one-bottle version of that would hold just the right amount of crap.

There's no point in stressing about these things, though; I have to start logging road miles, and now is a good time to start.


Postscript: I bought a new pair of shoes at Jackrabbit this weekend! My old pair were Brooks Adrenalines; the new ones are Asics GT-2100s. The run this morning in the new pair felt great; I should probably have gone in a little sooner, but I was trying to game the timing on when I'll need another new pair before the marathon this fall. I was chatting with the guy in the store about how often to replace running shoes, and he said, "Oh, you know, every six months or 3,000 miles." But although I thought, "Huh, that doesn't sound quite right," I didn't say anything, because I couldn't remember the numbers I'd read, and I didn't want to look stupid. Sigh. As a person who hasn't owned a car for almost five years, it took a day and a half before I realized he was making a joke!

Posted by Rose at May 4, 2005 04:44 PM


I think you'll like the Asics - they're great shoes and all I wear these day! I'll have to remember your shoe guy's joke. 6 months is *maybe* 400 miles or so for me these days....

Posted by: Nancy Toby at May 5, 2005 02:52 PM

The 2100s are an update on the shoes I wore last year - the 2090s. They are wonderful shoes, but I found that they needed to be replaced at about 150 miles. kinda annoying seeing as how much they cost! You'll probably need at least one more pair before the marathon..

Posted by: Diana at May 16, 2005 11:45 AM