Saturday, May 13, 2006

Time for a rest

Good morning (at least for me). I just got in from a shortened bike ride. We were supposed to do a 40 mile ride this morning. We were trying to beat the storms that were heading our way but didn't quite make it. We managed to get in almost 28 miles. However we did the last 7 or 8 in a drizzle or rain. We were going to tough it out until it started lightning. After that it was time to head to the cars and load up. Just spent the last 20 minutes drying and lubing my bike. Gosh . . . I spend more time taking care of the stupide bike than I do taking care of myself. Something just doesn't seem right about that.

Yesterday afternoon (6:00) I got in an easy 10k run. Actually, I was running with Susan. It was a fund raiser at the zoo. We had decided to run this together-she's trying to cut time off her 10k and I was needing to start back my running. I know the experts say to take off more time after a marathon but I've been feeling so good I figured it wouldn't hurt. Susan's goal was to average 10 1/2 minute miles which would put her around 66 minutes. After discussing her plans, we decided to let her set the pace for the first 4 miles but I'd keep tabs on it just to let her know if it was too slow. After 4 miles, I started easing her into a little bit faster pace. By 5 miles, I was talking her into a faster pace. She worked hard and didn't quit. We finished in 65:15. Congratulations to Susan!

I'm heading to Tupelo after a shower. I am ignoring my mom (sorry mom) this weekend to go visit Mona's mom. She still doesn't seem to have her legs back under her after losing Mona and as far as I know, Mona's brothers are not heading to Tupelo. I figure it is something that I need to do. I am going to see my mom on Monday night . . . I better have a great present for my mom since I'm not going to see her on Mother's day. Maybe a nice bottle of vino???

I started to call my buddy Shane in Tupelo to see if he wanted to run this afternoon but my legs and hips are shot. I think it is time to take off for a couple of days and rest.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and happy Mother's day to all you mothers out there!

3 comments:

Phil said...

Jim,

Considering the shape you're in, a 1:05:15 10k for you is "taking it easy" and you are certainly a good friend to help Susan pace herself and improve. Most of us males (myself included) are too self-centered to help someone during a race, especially if it means running much slower than normal. You'll have her running a 10k in under an hour in no time.

Phil

Ashville said...

Good you are going to see Helen, tell her we love her.Looking forward to that bottle of wine. This should be an email (I guess). So check your email.


Ashville

Amy said...

Helping friends skim off some time, and visiting mother-in-law on a tough day for her, I'm sure.

See I told you that you were a hero :)