Fit To Ride
The 2020 La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Time – 1:11:54 minutes
Pace – 23:10 minutes per mile
Rough calculations had suggested that I would need to do 10 laps. I was happy to find out that I only needed nine. Why?! The distance was unchanged, 3.1 miles. The number of laps was irrelevant. Yet, it felt “shorter”. The brain is weird.
I had planned to walk on Sunday, the day of the original run [Virtual Bling]. Weather was more conductive to walking on Saturday.
I occupied myself by texting/chatting with friends (waves hi!), although my conversation descended into emojis and grunts after a while. Otherwise, I alternated a lap of listening to an audio book with a lap where I let my mind wander. For listening, I had an interesting, educational, non-fiction book lined up. Instead, I reloaded False Value by Aaronovitch (Daw 2020). I don’t know about yours; my concentration is shot these days.
My time was glacially slow. Almost 18 minutes longer than last time [Walk Report]. In my defense, I had a lot more turns, particularly around the tree, more hills, and off-road, so I couldn’t march along as one does on asphalt. Mostly, there were no crowds to get swept up in. Left to my own devices, I puttered along. I strolled. Enjoyable; not speedy.
No medal yet. All of the packets they had planned on handing out now have to be packed and shipped. Per email, “Your race packet, which will include your race shirt, medal, and souvenir cinch bag, will be mailed out beginning the last week in May. With the volume of packets to be assembled and mailed and while navigating supply chain delays and social distancing guidelines for workers, we ask for your patience as we navigate this process. ” While I’d love to have the bling in my hot little paws, I’m cool with that.
Since this should have been XC Saturday, I represented. LRK3DE
I had planned to trim my face out of the photo. I decided that you might not hate how I look as much as I do. Those jowls!?! To quote from, So You’re Feeling Too Fat to Be Photographed… “You’re the only one who notices. The rest of us are too caught up in loving you.” Or at least interested in what I look like.
16 years ago? Yowza.
From the Bookcase
Found two semi-related books, Timescape by Benford & Rainbow’s End, which reputedly have segments set at UCSD in La Jolla. Downloaded samples but never got to them. See above re concentration.
Update. Swag arrives, [Bringing Home The Bling].
Stay safe. Stay sane.