Indolence Achieved…

On September 15, 2008, in Lifestyle, Racing, by Meghan

…when it comes to training, at least (The rest of life, however, is a little on the ridiculous side of things at the moment.).

I’ve had two weeks off of running and all of the sport’s fabulous accoutrement, during which I’ve mastered both the arts of indulgent physical slothfulness and high volume ice cream and chocolate consumption. As a result, I simultaneously feel wonderful from the idleness and like crap from the sugar.

Meghan and Junebug achieve exquisite indolence on a summer day.

August was a big month of play for me, easily the biggest I’ve had in my still short and waxing ultra running career. Burning River 100 began the month; a crazy-long-fabulous Tetons play day highlighted the middle of the month; and, the TransRockies Run rounded out August. While I was mentally ready for a little training reprieve, the only real physical injury I’ve been healing is the bum shoulder acquired in a little digger at Burning River 100 (Don’t ask. I always fall.).

Today begins a new season of running! The next 6 1/2 months will hopefully include lots of play in some new California terrain, some good (and still largely undetermined, due to beginning a new job) racing, and then culminate with the Marathon des Sables in March 2009.

What better way to inaugurate a new running season (and begin burning off all that ice cream and chocolate) than with a speed workout, especially when one hasn’t done a speed workout in just shy of 2 months? I’ve lost no cardiovascular fitness in the intervening time, but my leg speed was unimpressive. There was a bit of flailing around involved due to moving my legs faster than they really wanted to go, but I accomplished the goals of Day 1’s mission.

I didn’t have time to post Teton adventuring photos back in August, but I will in the next few days. Stay tuned for some high quality Teton porn!


10 Responses to “Indolence Achieved…”

  1. Holly says:

    How much more enjoyable is your winter training going to be now that you’ll be further south? Big difference?

  2. mary says:

    Meghan – I hope your move has gone/goes well. Once you are in CA, know that if you ever want a training weekend, few days in the Bay area you have a place to stay. I may be in Yosemite in October. If you are there by then I’d love to meet up with you for a run. Take care, Mary

  3. Leslie's Keith says:

    Too many big words early in the morning..need more coffee…

    I’ll re-read later…


  4. olga says:

    Your previous post reminded me Ed Abbey’s “Desert Solitary” ending. You will be alright:)

  5. Meghan says:

    Hi y’all!

    Holly- SO MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE. You have no idea how much I’m going to live the more mild climate. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mary- I’ll be in Yosemite by October, and I’d love to get together and run. My email is on my Blogger profile page; feel free to use it to organize the deets. I’ll definitely be visiting the Bay area for some races at the very least, so thanks for the nice invitation.

    Keith- Must. Have. Coffee.

    Olga- You’re right. I will be alright, fur shures. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, girl!

    Be well!

  6. Danni says:

    Nice!!! I am already back to the running thing myself.

  7. JeffO says:

    Teton trail porn? Now THAT’s worth downloading! I want some big center-folds!
    Found a great, free utility that stitches photos together like magic.

    Now that you’ve had ice cream, how about a cheese-burger? I can’t picture you holding still for more than a day.

  8. CoyoteGirl says:

    You’ll be fine. You’ll love Yosemite! And you will always be able to go back and visit your old digs. It’s not too far away.

  9. Meghan says:

    Danni- Oh lookit’ you, you runnin’ fool. You have a good time with it, alright?

    JeffO- You’re right, I can’t hold still. I was busy walking the dog, coaching xc and running with my high schoolers, packing my house, trying to find a place to live in California, and filling out the oodles of moving paperwork. You know, the usual. Teton porn is now posted for your viewing pleasure. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Coyotegirl- Thanks for the nice thoughts and, you’re right, I’m going to be fine! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks everyone!

  10. saschasdad says:

    Now, did you really do a speed workout, or did you just play on the track? Hmmmm…?? Flailing legs – I am sure of, though.

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