For the Europeans here: 90 F is indeed 32 C
I have been dragging my feet so to speak about doing any sort of speed work since Grandma's Marathon. But that was 12 days ago now. I'm not sore or injured and yesterday was an easy day. So the time was now.
1. the track is too hot in the sun
2. the treadmill is too boring and injurious
So I settled for yet another long run... until the guy shows up. What was he thinking? Nobody passes me in Hixon (except SR and Jake Hegge, okay, okay - I'm kidding -sort of). So I ran as fast as I could to drop him for about a mile up a large hill and doubled over, dripping in sweat. And after I took a large drink of water I realized it was fun. So for the next three hours I did intervals in the shade of the forest up to "look out point" which has a view of the entire city of La Crosse, The Mississippi and La Crescent, MN. Hill repeats, I guess, or bluff repeats more specifically. It was badass and awesome. And the only way I got myself to do it was the promise that I could write about it afterwards. Plus my heart will thank me for this when I'm 60 if I keep it up.
This could potentially be about SR's current trip to Minneapolis, but it is actually about sugar free gum. It is the next thing I need to give up. My stomach does not do well with it. Please give me convincing reasons to stop chewing a whole pack a day!! I know it is not healthy, but now that my belly has shrunk, I'm getting lazy.
Speaking of which, I saw a guy buying lots of packs of A&W Diet Root Beer today at the grocery store and trust me, I took note of his belly - I couldn't help but speculate. Who knows if it was the diet soda in his case. I just wonder how many people deal with the same problem I had and don't know it.
I was looking at little finger food snacks for Mattias at this same store (Woodman's) and they sell little banana cookies for infants fortified with Vitamin E!!!! What on earth are they thinking? Vitamin E supplementation is good for nothing and has been associated with increased mortality in so many population studies. WHY would they put this in infant food? Does anyone know of a single reason a person should take Vitamin E??? I can't think of one. This then led me to realize there is also Vitamin E in my prenatal/lactating mom vits, which I should throw in the trash. I now understand why so many people who live in the US are freaks about looking at ingredients. I am certainly becoming one. I keep telling SR I want to get a small community of houses and people together where we all grow our own food and make our own clothing (and running shoes -which would be tough!) and only use the energy we make - anyone in? :)
I just picked up a used copy of Minnesotan, Scott Jurek's book "Eat & Run". I love autobiographies. I can already tell it will be a good read. And there is a whole chapter about Voyageur! Speaking of which the Half Voyageur is now on and it is looking good for the full Voyageur (at least in some form).