Friday, August 31, 2007

Nothing gold can stay

And, so with the labour day weekend upon us, and school starting up again, summer draws to a close. This last week of summer for me has been busy, but not frantic - just the way I like it.

Yoga classes ended this week. They'll start up again in about a month. Until then, I'll practice on my own, probably a bit at the end of each workout.

I'm debating about taking the Level 2 yoga class on Saturdays again, but I think I might pass this fall. As my long weekend runs get longer, it means I'll either have to make the decision to get up darned early each and every Saturday in order to make it to the 11:00 a.m. class, or go for a run after lunch, which pretty much will mean the entire day is shot. So, I think I'll run long and enjoy a more flexible schedule.

Running this week was up and down. Good speed training on Tuesday, but mediocre hill training on Thursday. This weekend's running schedule is still up in the air.

I'm trying to figure out how to get more miles in... I'll have to do it mindfully so my knee behaves. At this point, I run every other day, but I'm not convinced that I can build a good mileage base for a marathon that way. Anyone got any thoughts on that?

A few anecdotes for the week:

1) I've discovered that one of my cats, Shady Guy, like pizza crust. He's especially partial to the bits with the crunchy cheese that gets baked onto it. Go figure!

2) I spent some quality time with my dentist this week, having a crown re-done. I was wearing a temporary one for a week and this week the final product was done. When I went in to have it cemented, the dentist decided she wasn't happy and called the dental technician over, had him look at it in my mouth, removed it, handed it to him and then sent him away to fix it. He went back to his lab (across the hall, in the same building) and an hour and a half later I had it back. It's now firmly cemented in place, replacing one that was 21 years old. I'm very happy to have it replaced.

3) Gord discovered a small leak in one of the copper pipes in the basement. This will need to be fixed at some point. He says that by looking at the mineral buildup on the pipe, it's been leaking for a long time. Luckily, my brother is a plumber. Unluckily, he's out of commission after some recent carpal tunnel surgery. I doubt the basement will flood any time soon from this leak, but it is now on the list of things to tend to.

And so, as summer gives way to fall, some things wrap up, somethings are discovered and many more are in process, reminding me of one of my favorite poems:

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

- Robert Frost


robtherunner said...

I'm frantic now as school starts on the 4th. I want my mommy!

Downhillnut said...

You can definitely build up M-distance by running every other day. Just make sure that your long runs once a week increase very, very gradually over time. Keep the other runs shorter and varied in distance and intensity.

Find an online plan like this one, and modify it to your needs:

I refuse to panic about back to school until Monday. Off to the lake now :)

Sarah said...

I ran marathons for a few years on every other day runs. If you are just going for the finish I think that would be fine. But to improve after that, I found that I needed to run more often. I generally run T,W,TH, Sa, Su. I added in the W run by starting short and gradually building the mileage on that day. Same with Su.

Best of luck with the new school year!

Backofpack said...

I'm with the other Sarah. I run T-W-R and S,S. Twice on Thursday - but I built up to all of it. I also do Pilates on M/F. I should find some time to lift weights - but, sheesh, how much time in my day should be devoted to exercise? I gotta relax sometime...

The gear up for school (from my end) has begun. I'm looking forward to it!

Turtle Guy said...

In the movie Shawshank Redemption, the character Andy, who spends 19 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, describes to his best friend a place of great beauty - the place where he proposed to his wife, the same place he invites his friend to visit, once released.

"It's like something out of a Robert Frost poem..."

Journey to a Centum said...

Sounds like you are ready to hunker down and go back to work. At least you will have a nice smile after all your dental work;-D

I love yoga! I had yoga for lunch today. I think it was vanilla bean!

If shorter runs keep your knee feeling better then perhaps two-a- days will need to be in your training plan until the knee comes around. Creates more laundry for you but at least you build the miles. Perhaps you could also train on and eliptical machine or do some aqua jogging.


Turtle Guy said...

I came back to read some comments and my eye hit the sidebar archive list.

Happy Second Blog birthday! (a week and a bit ago?)