|This is not a fitness blog
||[Aug. 7th, 2013|07:01 am]
|||||andy guthrie: you'll be king||]|
A few somewhat remarkable things have happened in the past few days, they're small things when compared to the whole, but if you take them out of context and compare them to where I'd be otherwise, I think they're worth mentioning.
Clickenzee to Embiggen!
One is that last Wednesday I went out with the West Philly Runners and they'd left before I got there, I mostly knew what their route was so I plotted one of my own hoping to catch them on the way back and finish up the group run with everybody else. They're almost all faster than me, so I usually only see the bottoms of their shoes anyway, but I figured if they'd just run six miles and I was on my first I might be able to keep up. Who knows. But anyway, I started off after them, went a mile and a half and got a text that they were at a bar in the other direction, so I turned around. When I finally caught up with them, I discovered that I'd broken my 5k Personal Record, which I'd been doing every couple of weeks anyway, but notably this time a) I wasn't trying and b) I was running on the road with traffic lights and stop signs and other things. Also, the last few times I'd broken my PR it had been on a treadmill, so I wasn't sure if they counted.
Lately all my 5k runs have been part of much longer runs too, so today I figured I'd get up at 5:00 and find a patch of flat, uninterrupted ground, go all out for 3 miles and try and shave a minute off last wednesday's record.
I started out faster than I probably should have and spent the final mile picking out places that I could safely stop and barf if necessary which my track-star nephew tells me is simply the sweet taste of knowing that you're doing your best.
And ultimately, I didn't knock a minute off my 5k time, I knocked like four minutes off my 5k time. SMASH. And I now feel like I have a respectable 5k time to start working with. Though I'm running up the hill of aging, I assume it's probably possible for me to knock another five minutes off my 5k time over the next year before those numbers, inevitably, start going up again.
In other news, comic book artist MC Matz who made those super cool steampunk Roswell t-shirts started a project to do a tarot card deck of images of Amanda Palmer and asked me to do the Queen of Pentacles. Started a Kickstarter last week that I didn't even get a chance to blog about before it got fully funded, but you can still get a deck of cards and begin scrying into the future. All the cards I've seen look fantastic.
This came from an outtake of a shoot for a dress made by Heartless Revival at Amanda's house in Boston. I was happy to be able to do that an happy to be able to contribute to MC's deck.
Clickenzee to go to the Kickstarter!
That's about all the news from lake Woebegone.
Have a swell day.
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The downside of course is that now you've significantly stomped your 5k PB, you'll not be happy with anything slower.
i should have done this in 1m increments .....
I am tempted by the Tarot cards. I really am. And you're not hellllllpiiiiing. :D
I think I'm going to end up buying the tarot cards. Too many awesome artists I've admired for years not to.
Fast AND awesome: that's you!
"... picking out places that I could safely stop and barf if necessary which my track-star nephew tells me is simply the sweet taste of knowing that you're doing your best." See, that's the kind of stuff that puts folks like me right off of running. I like exercise that's enjoyable and leaves my lunch right where it belongs.
I found the kickstarter while randomly looking around on kickstarter.com yesterday. I would have been SO bummed if I'd missed it based on simply *not knowing* about it. Can't wait to get the deck. I might even have to learn to read tarot cards just because. :)
My aunt was in her late 50s when she started running. She's 66 or 67 now, and still running marathons. I don't know how much her times have changed, but the advantage of running when you're older is that there are fewer people in your age bracket, so you have a much greater chance at placing in your age group.
Ask the 91-year-old vegan who may have made a single-age record in this year's Knoxville half-marathon:http://www.runnersworld.com/races/mike-fremont-91-finishes-knoxville-half-marathon-304
That photo rendered into a tarot card is just ... guh. Fantastic. Beautifully done, a perfect Queen of Pentacles.
As for age and training, the Iron Nun is my inspiration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_Buder
As someone who is still trying to get faster despite having just turned 40, I got really discouraged by all the charts of how much time you lose as you age that I found a few years ago. Then I realized I wasn't running at 18 or whenever the "optimum" age was, and that I'm still not running as all out fast as I can right now. Optimum right now is a huge goal and will still be a PR since I don't have super fast times as a youngster to look back on.
Keep pushing, I'm impressed and inspired. It's nice to have to see some newish runner zeal around.