Sunday, November 15, 2009

I don't always pay attention, but I'm always thinking


I've been getting time outside these past few days because Mike had some local appointments, so it's been great. I did a five mile run on Thursday, testing out a faster pace, it was hard to know what it was exactly, since I wasn't on the treadmill and don't have a garmin (are you listening Santa?) Yesterday morning we hit the public market for some beautiful local produce, we came away with acorn and butternut squash, bibb lettuce, onions, garlic, turnips, shallots, avocado, red cabbage, carrots and parsnips. We came across a Bakery booth, and went a little carb crazy and bought a bunch of dinner rolls....jalapeno cheddar, multi grain, black olive and good old white...I intended to freeze some, but I think we might just end up eating them all. We roasted a bunch of garlic last night to make garlic and brie soup today, and later on I'm going to do a big batch of roasted root veg to eat with dinner during the week.

In the afternoon I was able to get out for a bike ride. Both kids are sick and crabby, Eliza is on antibiotics, so she was on the couch watching a movie and Mike played with Luke. I'm trying to soak up as much fall weather as I can, I rode for about an hour, and I was thinking how in a few weeks everything is going to be covered in ice and snow. And since I don't pay attention to things in general, at one point I drove right off the road and into a small ditch. No biggie, but once I got going again, this dog came running out of his house and bugged me out a bit. I hate when dogs come at me during a run or a ride, because you don't know if there is an electric fence or not. I was a little nervous about passing him on my way home, but the dog's owner was outside with him at that point, so it was okay.

I've been thinking about an article that was in the NY Times a few weeks ago. Basically it's about fast runners vs. slow runners, and how if you take a long time to finish a marathon, you didn't really run it. I can understand both views. If you're an elite runner, there are races like Boston, that you need a qualifying time for, which weeds out the slower runners. But if someone trains and is able to run the whole distance, and get a finishers medal, I think that means they ran it! There were a bunch of interesting articles about the marathon, including one about the heritage of the American winner Meb Keflezighi, so check 'em out.

12 comments:

Susan Fobes said...

I agree with your take on the slow vs. fast. Good gosh, if you can run the race at all it's an unbelievable achievement!

btw: Is Santa going to cave in and get the second Tinkerbell movie? My daughter wants it too, but I haven't decided if I could take any more of that on possibly a regular basis...

blueviolet said...

I think like you. You're a runner if you finish the race! Maybe you're not a qualifying runner, but you're a runner nonetheless. Some people aren't in it for the record breaking aspect. :)

CailinMarie said...

I get that some people race a marathon, but still, finishing is a big deal too!
I love your veggies picture. It looks like stew just waiting to be made.

JenLo said...

The elitist view of people who think you have to go a certain pace in order to be considered a marathoner really bugs me. Nobody is threatening their spot on the map, but they would prefer that slower runners not even join in unless they can compete with the top athletes. Annoying.

Ally said...

Mmmm, you made me hungry for fall veggies all roasted and yummy. The dog thing is always disconcerting. I have one dog that runs and barks at me, clearly they have an electric fence, but I always wonder...
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Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...

Um from a running hater, if you run it you RUN it and that's all. i don't care if it takes me 3 days.

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Tara said...

I'm glad that you were ok after riding into the ditch! I got a great mental picture of that and I'm sorry to say, that I had to laugh (only because you were ok).
I read that same article; really made you think, but it sort of made me upset. I'm with you, I think that if you train for a marathon and put that much time and energy into it, then technically you ran it no matter how long it takes you or even if you have to walk!!!

Debbie said...

I am a carb lover. Bread rarely gets frozen around here:)

kristen said...

Interesting article. I can see both sides too. Seems like the "faster" runners are pretty snobby though. They want the prestige of telling people they run marathons....Like at what point do you conser a runner not a runner. 4:30, 4:45, 5:00+. I've run two and frankly I didn't do it to tell people that I've run a marathon, I've done it to tell *myself* I ran a marathon.

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

i say if you finish, you ran it.

Amo said...

If I ran a race (which isn't likely to happen anytime soon, if ever), then I'd better be given credit for the race! If I cook a stew with those tasty looking veggies, and it tastes terrible, I still cooked the stew, right?

Jennifer said...

Well, it would take me about 6 hours to finish a marathon, and you better beleive I will say I did it! Plus I will wear my silver blanket and medal for a week! (Did I tell you I saw someone here in NYC wearing their finisher's medal five days after the race!!?? That's pushing it!)

The veggies look great! I a loving the fall veggies! I cut them all up and throw them in the oven together in this great big crazy medley, drizzled with olive oil and syrup!