Warning: this post does not make any mention of food, nor are there photos of food. Proceed with caution.
I’ve mentioned previously that TC and I made a pseudo-New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, and we’ve done OK with that. A couple of the other “resolutions” I made this year were to get my mind and my body in better shape. Since it’s been proven that success correlates with goals that are specific and quantifiable, I decided to:
1. Read at least
three books per month.
2. Train for and run the Oakland Half Marathon on March 25th.
Re: #1. I’ve been pretty good about reading so far this year, though it definitely helped that I started 2012 with two books from the extremely addictive Hunger Games trilogy. Originally, I thought two books per month was a decent number, but I’m upping the ante to three! It has definitely helped to be around the corner from the main library, and to be able to read during my bus commute. So far, I’ve read:
- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
- Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
- Solar, by Ian McEwan
- The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
- An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami
I highly recommend The Art of Fielding. I’m still trying to process the meaning behind the story, but the prose is unpretentious and elegant. I also really liked What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, though my bet is that it’s probably less of a crowd-pleaser. Murakami is one of my favorite writers; thus, I found it interesting to read about his transition from a bar owner and a 2-pack a day smoker at the age of 33, to a novelist and a marathon runner. So, as a fan and as a runner (and a wannabe-writer), I could relate to parts of the book. It does ramble on a bit, but the book is so short that it hardly matters.
On my list of books to read:
Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann (currently reading)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
Tomatoland, by Barry Estabrook
The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood
If anyone has a book recommendation, please leave a comment below!
As for resolution #2, I really wanted to get in shape, and what better way to do so than to start running again? I knew that signing up for a half marathon was the best way to get back into running because I can pretty much run a 10K without training, but 13.1 miles is a different story. Throughout 2011, I ran in fits and starts, never more than 7 miles in one week, and often a lot less than that. And to be honest, this resolution was partially motivated by my vanity — I had accumulated noticeable girth around my midsection, which I was also looking forward to decreasing, if not altogether eliminating. Anyway, the Oakland Half Marathon sounded perfect, as it starts 3 blocks down the street from my apartment and is a relatively flat course. Plus, what better way to mark my first year as an Oakland resident?
Training has been going well so far. I didn’t realize until last month that I had never run more than 4 miles in my Vibram Five Fingers and I began to get anxious about whether I could pull off 13.1 miles in minimalist shoes. Well, there was no looking back, since I gave away my Adidas during the move. Luckily, besides a bit of tenderness at the soles of my feet, things have been going well in my VFFs. I’m up to 9 miles without injuries (knock on wood) and way ahead of my training schedule. Woot!
One thing I haven’t yet decided is my goal for this race. The “problem” is that my PR (personal record) for my one and only half marathon was actually decent (for me anyway) — 2:09:42, or 9:54/mile. My current training pace is about 10:00/mile, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to break my PR. I know that one thing I was disappointed about last time was that I got slower — A LOT slower — after mile 10. So, I could focus on not crashing out in the last 3 miles. Maybe some of you more experienced runners out there can suggest some good goals that I should focus on?
Thanks for letting me ramble on. I promise to post about food next time!