Friday, November 04, 2005

Good and bad news

First the good news: we found out our insurance will cover (most) of Finn's ridiculously expensive cranial band. I mentioned before that he was diagnosed with plagiocephaly, and that after visiting our doctor, an orthopedic specialist, Finn's physical therapist, and the makers of the cranial band (or kid's helmet designed to straighten out their head) we decided that the cranial band was the way to go. We were very worried about the cost, and I have to thank Healthnet for coming around and doing their job in covering it.

The bad news? Well, that lousy night I mentioned yesterday was due to Finn getting a cold. Yes, last night was even worse and I was on duty for the midnight and 3 a.m. grousing. Needless to say, after two fairly sleepless nights I could barely pull myself out of bed. I had that "hangover" type headache you get when your body is desperately telling you to go back to bed, but with an infant crying and Haiden demanding her pancakes it was all hands on deck.

I finally got out the door at 7:15 for the day's hill work, and once I finished the first repetition up the vise-grip had released my head and I was feeling pretty good. I pretty much stuck to "steep hill running", and focused on the usual- raising my knees high and straighterning my back leg at takeoff. Four times through the 13 minute circuit, with the usual 3x160 windsprints at the end of each effort. All in all it was a good workout, I finished feeling much better than when I began. Since yesterday's 18 miler was hilly, this makes 3 hilly days in a row, so tomorrow's 16 miler will be pancake flat and slow...I hope.

I read over yesterday's post and I'd like to clarify one point. When I said I looked like a runner, I certainly didn't mean to place a dividing line between who is and isn't a runner. I respect anyone who laces up their shoes and makes the attempt, whether it be for one mile or fifty. Body type, goals and/or acheivements have nothing to do with it. The point I was trying to get across was that running is changing from a hobby to more of a pursuit. I no longer feel like I'm just playing the role of a novice taking on double the burden of training that I'm used to and trying to survive it. Instead, I'm slowly gaining the confidence I assume those towards the front of the pack just naturally have, and I give no thought to lining up beside them and believing that I am in the chase along with them. And when I say I blame Arthur Lydiard, I mean that by following his program and all the miles, effort, and consistency it demands I feel I am changed as a runner. I definitely have more endurance and more resolve, and instead of imagining all the ways I could gradually back off the pace in a race before I die a thousand deaths, I think about what it will take to drop the runners around me. In short, I feel like training Lydiard's way has really helped me, physically and mentally.

Training: 10 miles, 1:24:19, 8:21 pace, hill circuits with 3 minute efforts plus 3x160 strides x 4, felt pretty good.

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