Thursday, August 14, 2008


So I haven't been able to watch much of the Olympics so far...mainly because I've been exhausted and in bed so early (which will probably happen again tonight). It still is amazing to see these athletes though, and the levels they are at...but at the same time, I wonder about their lives...I mean seriously...they gave up their childhoods to be where they are...and all the pressure that they have to go through, and then the scrutiny and questions if they aren't good enough OR if they are too good. It's so much pressure, how can anyone deal with it?? Is it all that pressure that pushes them toward illegal things?

And seriously...why are the women's volleyball teams dressed so skimpily and the mens not???

I finally got my cars oil changed was so overdue...and tires rotated. I'm set for my trip to my parents that I'm most likely making after my 20 miler on Saturday (not looking forward to that one!). And while the oil and tires were being dealt with I did a nice little 10.5 miler (I was going to go ahead for 11 since I knew I'd be over 10 but legs were feeling a little dead so figured it was best to quit). I managed an 8:08 pace, plan was a tempo, I picked up pace for mile 3 (wanted 2 for warmup) and was just over 8 minutes, then I had a bad hill and wussed it and slowed way down for mile 4, 8:49, but miles 5 and 6 were 7:40, mile 7 was 7:50 and mile 8 was 7:33. I finished off the last two and a half just over 8 minute miles and all was good. Still not sure it's good for my 8:00 minute miles, but I'm getting there...just a couple more days and a fall back week that I think I really need. Legs are feeling very dead.


Anonymous said...

Listen to your legs! It sounds like they need a little break. Treat them right. :)

As for the men's vs. women's volleyball uniforms. . . . I'll vote for guys with no shirts or something. ;)

Molly said...

Your running is so amazing! I can not believe how much you do!
I vote for no shirts on the volleyball boys too!
Take Care

Jean said...

I am absolutely loving the Olympics. It is killing my sleep schedule, but this has been just fantastic to watch.

And, for the record, I have no issues with the women's volleyball uniforms... ;-)

Dori said...

Yeah, I've wondered the same thing about women's v-ball. Yeah, Olympians have no life; they really have to give up a lot. I have to think it's a relief for them when they can retire from competing and do something besides eat, train, sleep, repeat.

I'm with Molly--you're running is amazing!