Runners are full of ‘em. Presently, I am obsessed by the weather forecast, which I must check somewhere around four times a day to get a sense of what I should wear (or not wear) for my next run, for the next long run, for the upcoming race. I’m watching this page like a hawk and honing in on May 26. Currently, the race forecast is a high of 65 and “abundant sunshine.” I’m happy to see a high of 65 come down from a high of 73, which would have me sweating like I was doing the Badwater ultra. (I am what some euphemistically call a copious sweater.) From the flyover of the course, it looks like it lacks shade. For a race that starts at 9am and will end for me (hopefully) just after 11, this is serious: there will be sunscreen. Gallons of it, perhaps.
Another obsession: shoes. I picked up a new pair Monday afternoon to replace the Launches that I’ve put about 350 miles on since the start of the year. This time, I’m trying Mizunos, a lightweight model with a little structure in the heel but less padding under the forefoot. My 8ish-mile run yesterday had me adjusting my stride to land in a more neutral position on my right side–I tend to heel-strike on the right, midfoot-strike on the left. I’m not sure how wise it is to mess with one’s stride, even if one is improving it, three weeks before a race, but nothing hurts and I feel light and fast. I take that as a good sign.
Another obsession: mileage. My training schedule is peaking, which means I did a 15-miler (9 easy, 4 fast, 2 easy) last Sunday, 7 plus strides yesterday, and will do 4×2-mile repeats tomorrow morning. If you had told me five years ago that I’d run 8 or 10 miles before work and not think too much of it (as long as I had at least two lunches handy for the day), I would’ve said you were crazy. I would’ve said the person who runs 8 miles before work is crazy. I might have been right. Still, it feels pretty f-ing good to be where I am right now, especially given where I was this time last year.
Run, Grims, run!