1. I never train with music. I used to carry my iPhone when I ran, but then I realized that it’s super sensitive to sweat (I’ve wasted a lot of rice on this thing) and have since gone sans tunes. I’ve been thinking about buying an iPod shuffle for, um, a year now and really need to just suck it up and do it. It’s only $49. That’s nothing in the grand scheme of training tools — or life in general — right?
2. I went out and ran with an awesome new group on Tuesday and I’m pretty excited to join them for my next (first real?) half marathon training cycle this spring.
I’ve been listening to the CAR goings-on for months and sorta kinda considering joining in for a run or two, but my IM training cycle and the fact that practices are in Arlington (blah, VIRGINIA) deterred me. Then this girl convinced me to come out for Tuesday am track, and I decided I’m hooked. It’ll be great to have a running-specific coach (who actually knows what he’s talking about when it comes to periodization and pacing, for example) and a group of fun people to motivate me. And, because I’ve never really finished any sort of (informed) run training cycle, I’m pretty sure this one will bring good results. The morning drive to W&L is just details. I’m going to find the fast, Rock ‘n’ Roll DC here I come!
3. Our elected leaders are idiots. You know that any story that starts with “pizza is a vegetable” is not going to end well. Unfortunately, proposed changes to the national school lunch program were shot down by Congress earlier this week, meaning tomato sauce still counts as a serving of vegetables. Because who needs broccoli and carrots and actual nutritious options? According to the NYT article, new rules for which the Agriculture Department now lacks funding would also have cut the amount of potatoes served, increased the requirement for fruits and vegetables and limited sodium counts. Sigh. This is just another reason why we as a nation are a health disaster. My little bit of public health experience is angry over this.