Friday, August 1, 2008

And the winner is …


But we must give Denise the credit. Since only three people left comments – sob! – and Mindy had already taken herself out of the running, Denise felt that wistfield – who loved the bag – should be the winner. How cool is that?

I’ll mail your bag to you, wistfield, as soon as you e-mail me the address where you’d like to have it sent.

When I logged on to my Blogger dashboard this morning, I was astonished to see this message:

I’d hate to see the Shrinking Knitter deleted, so I asked for a review. Apparently some spam-checking spider thinks the blog is spam, and a human will have to have a look at it. In the meantime, I’m going to check into one of those services that will print your blog in book form.

Yesterday’s tempo run was hard, hard, hard. I don’t run fast, ever. (I like to say I was built for comfort, not for speed. Heh.) But I understand that if I want to reach my goal of finishing the Richmond Half-Marathon in 2:30, I’m going to have to do some speedwork. I was supposed to do a one-mile warm-up, three miles at an 11:08 pace and a one-mile cooldown.

Here’s how my brain works: I figured if the first and last miles were at a 15-minute pace, the entire five miles should be done in 1:03:24. I did it in 1:02:47, but I surely didn’t do those middle three miles in 33:24. I had to alternate walking and running from the get-go. Which proves (to me, anyway) that I at least have the stamina and will to achieve the goal. Whether I have the legs to go the distance is the question.

Finally, I used to reserve Fridays for quotes over at SK. I’m not resurrecting the habit, but I did find a good one that seems appropriate to think about over the weekend … and for the rest of my life. Maybe you’ll find it thought-provoking as well.

When we are no longer able to change a situation —
we are challenged to change ourselves.

~ Victor E. Frankl

Enjoy your weekend.


Grumpy Chair said...

dGreat quote!

Reading about your training always makes me want to try harder.

Pretty cool, that Denise.

D said...

Tempo runs are not my favorite. I do not like to be uncomfortable :) But it does show you what you are capable of. I'm just not sure I want to be uncomfortable to show that I'm capable!

wistfield said...

Holy cow! I never win anything--I'm so excited. :) Thanks, Denise.

Tempo runs kill me, but I always feel so good about myself afterward.

Kerry said...

Maybe I'm missing something, but is there a link somewhere to email you, Debbi? Mine is wistfield at gmail. Hope the spambots don't see that. :)

Mary Gee said...

That bag was uber cool and I wish I had seen it so I could have left many comments!

Blogger thought my other blog was spam at one point, but it all got cleared up.