What a blah week it's been. Actually, to follow up on Thursday's post, I slowly started to come out of my funk Thursday. Part of it was that I went and did some writing at a Barnes and Noble. I've been staying here to write for the longest time and I needed a change of pace. Another part of it was that I went out and got in a run. That's always beneficial. So hopefully I'll be able to continue splashing cold water on my face to get out of this funk completely.
Here's a hodgepodge of stuff to finish the week off with.
Week In Running Tweets
Since some/many of you aren't on Twitter (and I don't blame you; it can be a time toilet), here's some of the tweets from this week that stood out.
Real Runners (@runningquotes)
Do not wait until all the conditions are perfect for you to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
All glory comes from daring to begin.
If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.
Hal Higdon (@higdonmarathon)
When you run long distances, your energy requirements increase. Refueling thus becomes the key to success.
Complex carbohydrates are best. Forget high-protein and low-carbohydrate diets. They simply don't work for endurance athletes.
Stopping at stoplights, does it make any difference whether you stop your watch or let it continue running? We often get hung up on numbers.
Resistance training is beneficial to runners. It may not produce increases in maximum oxygen uptake, but will improve muscle endurance.
Go out too fast and, ugh: You bonk! Pick the pace best for you and don’t set the bar so high that failure becomes inevitable.
Elevation charts make courses look hillier than they are. So does riding them in a car. Sometimes, we simply need to get out and run.
I totally blogged from my BlackBerry on Thursday. I wrote my blog post on my phone, in an e-mail, then e-mailed it it. Have you set up your phone to do the same? It's really simple and allows you to send a full post from your phone. It's convenient and comes over just fine. You just put the blog title in the subject line and then type away.
Beach Trip Looming
I can't wait for Monday! Actually, I take that back. I'm going to enjoy my weekend and then on Monday I'm going to have some fun! I'm taking the girls to the beach on the first day of their spring break. I got a taste of it on Wednesday as I went down to the beach for a work thing. I was in Manhattan Beach, though, and not an OC beach, where I'll be Monday.
Still, the view was nice.
Yeah, not bad for early March. I'll have my camera with me on Monday and will take plenty of pictures so don't say I didn't warn you.
City Boy Now
I live in a city now and I didn't even have to move. Earlier this week, the people in the now-city I live in voted to incorporate. I actually voted against it - I didn't and don't think we have a whole lot of business and industry here able to sustain a city, but oh well. Still, I'm now living in the city of Jurupa Valley, which incidentally is the name of my alma mater. Jurupa Valley will officially become a city on July 1, so for now we're in a transition period.
Yeah, I'm gonna be officially a city boy.
I've only actually lived in a city for brief periods of my life. I was born in a city (Orange), spent my first five years in one (Santa Ana), lived briefly in one as a married man (Riverside) and that's about it. I grew up in Temecula before it gained cityhood and now this.
We'll see what happens. I suppose I've got to support it now that it passed. Who knows? Maybe a nice new city job awaits for yours truly. Yeah, I'm dreaming now.