Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The thing is...

The problem with me not blogging is not so much that I haven't had time to blog, it's more a problem that I haven't had time (read: self motivation) to run! That's really the problem.

So anyway, in order to be "allowed" to post today, I ran two miles this morning. I also ran 2 on Sunday. While it doesn't feel like a marathon, it does feel like more than "just 2 miles". It's amazing how long it takes to build up to a distance, and then how fast it goes away.

I registered a while back for a 5 mile race this Sunday. It's actually the first race I ever ran, back in 2000. (Back then it was a 5K.) So I was actually looking forward to the race. Also, when I broke my 5K PR I thought that my 5M PR was relatively weak, and that I could break it this race. Well, so much for that.

As it turns out, I've barely been running. Also, I had to move around my call schedule, so now I'm on call for both my group and the Emergency Room, on both Saturday and Sunday. And to make matters worse I'm supposed to go to a wedding in New Jersey at 11 am!

So I'm not sure I'll even make this race. If I do I definitely won't be setting and PR's; I'm probably not even going to run the whole thing straight. My main motivation will be to a) get another run in, and b) finish my 9th NYRR race of the year. That will give me automatic acceptance to next year's NYC marathon. (And I've got a long time to worry about whether I'll be able to run it or not.)

So that's my running story. In other news work is building up, which is good. (Professionally that is. It sucks for my leisure time.) I've been working on a website for work. Since I'm kind of teaching myself how to do that, it's taking a while.

I've also had to make two trips home (i.e. my parents' home) in the last couple of weeks. I travelled to Toronto two different ways. The first was with Air Canada, and they sucked! I try not to fly with them. Initially my flight was booked as a United flight, but apparently that's just a trick, and it was an Air Canada flight. The night flight got cancelled, and because I couldn't find my passport I couldn't get on the right morning flight. (I got on the next flight with a birth certificate.) The commute took 21 hours total. One good thing is that I had a nice evening. I met some friends in the airport that were supposed to be on the same flight. We all got cancelled and put on the same flight the next day, so they invited me back to their place that night, rather than me going back and forth to the Bronx.

The second trip I flew with JetBlue, and they were awesome as usual. Unfortunately they don't fly to Toronto. I flew to Buffalo, rented a car, and drove to Toronto. In the end it was cheaper, took less time (5 hours door to door), and was way more pleasant. I love JetBlue.

Toronto was nice. I spent time with my family. I saw all my brothers, my nephews, and my niece, which is not too common. I also met up with some old friends I hadn't seen in a while.

My nephews not cooperating for the picture.

(I got a lot of other cute pictures, but not all the people involved consented to being "on the web". There's still this strong paranoia about that. Maybe I'm just naive, but I'm not sure what people can really do with these pictures. But anyway...)

Like usual, there was a Jewish holiday involved, and like usual, that involved lots of eating. (Not running and eating a lot, is a combination that's not really working for me.) Check out Mom's cheesecake.

It tastes as good as it looks.

That's it for now...


Blogger Susan said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip, it's always nice to catch up with family. Except when you come back fatter from eating cheesecake. ;)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006  
Blogger LeahC said...

sounds like a great trip. I have heard lots of good things about toronto. good luck getting back into running. those first few steps are always hard.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006  
Blogger Rae said...

Yummy cheesecake!!! Would your mom Fed Ex us some for a housewarming gift????

Good luck in your race, if you do it!

Friday, June 16, 2006  
Blogger ShoreTurtle said...

To race or not to race..

Have fun tomorrow either way. We're going down to Philly tomorrow. I may run up the art museum steps like a tourist. We're definitely hitting Cereality for lunch. hmmm. cereal.

Saturday, June 17, 2006  
Blogger Darrell said...

You are a very brave man to take two little boys into what appears to be a toy store. If you can survive that you can survive about anything, I say.

Monday, June 19, 2006  

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