another roadside distraction

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The starting line is less than four days away, but for some reason, I just can't focus. True, I've been running and have had some amazing breakthroughs in recent weeks (unbelievable tempo run last week), but I haven't stuck to my training program and haven't completed the mileage and speed workouts I had originally planned in preparation for Sunday's race.

Take today, for example. I set out on what I hoped would be a 5-mile lunchtime run, but my workout turned into a 5K. The reason?

This damn mushroom.

I ran past a whole bunch of them and got excited because I thought they might be morels, so I cut my mileage short, doubled back and started picking mushrooms. You should've seen the check-in desk guy at the gym when I came back from my run carrying a big, black, dog-poop-looking mushroom: "So, um, what do you have there?"

(I actually now think the mushrooms are black elfin saddles, which are still edible, though not as good as morels. But don't worry -- nothing will be consumed until I hear back from our mushroom expert friend. No death by mushroom here, thank you very much!)

Anyway, I have a feeling the Kaiser Half is going to be a test to see exactly how well I can race with just the minimum amount of training. This is definitely going to be interesting.

1 comment:

Michelle Panik said...

Good luck on Sunday!

I'll be curious to find out how you prepare the mushroom, whatever variety it might be.

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