Sunday, October 15, 2006

12ish & 42nd Week

Today we had 12 on the schedule. We did all if it but walked the last mile. Our legs were a bit tired and didn't want to over do it. I didn't bring Garmin and we had a really enjoyable run in our city. It's important sometimes to leave the computer and the gadgets and the music and the Gu's at home. Then it's just you and the running. It's nice to just get out there and be without the numbers game. What was my pace this mile, what was it last mile. I know that's important and I do it most everyday, that's why it was nice just to go out and RUN today. So I don't know how fast we went, probably not very fast at all, which I'm ok with. Too much stopping and starting down Chicago Ave becuase we left late this morning, but again, no big deal.

In preparation for the race we wore shorts and a t-shirt since it was probably about the same temperature that it will be on race day. I will wear a tank top and shorts and I felt that I would be fine in that kind of clothing in the kind of weather that we saw today. The only problem is that my toes and my fingers get a bit chilly, but warm up after not too long.

I realized that the race will be taking place on the 42nd week of the year, which for those of you that have read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams know's that this is the answer....the answer to EVERYTHING.

(for those of you that haven't read it, there is a really large computer named Deep Thought that is built to come up with the answer to Life, the Universe & Everything. Deep Thought works for a very long time (7.5 Million years to be exact) and it comes up with 42. When they ask the computer what that is supposed to mean, the following ensues
"I checked it very thoroughly," said the computer, "and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never actually known what the question is"
"But it was the Great Question! The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything," howled Lookquawl.
"Yes." said Deep Thought with the air of one who suffers fools gladly, "but what actually is it?"
So if you haven't read it, go get it, I promise you will laugh out loud....many many times. As I was just looking through it for the above passage I had troubles not typing in many more lines :-) )

AND of course a quick shout out to my good friend Barb who wrote this fabulous little story.

1 week to go people. 1 week.


Josh said...

"So long, and thanks for all the fish."

And the forecast looks chilly on race day ... granted we're a week out.

Running Jayhawk said...

I've been wanting to read that!!!!!

Nice run you two!! I've been doing my one week spaz dance

...and then watching you two cross the finish line over and over and over. Hehehehee...

Thomas said...

Are we mere unknown mortals still allowed to comment on your blog, now that you're famous?

1) Douglas Adams happens to be my second favourite author. I was devastated when he died so young.

2) I definitely agree with you on the high mileage in Pfitz's plan just before the marathon. I have followed his schedules very closely over the last 22 weeks, but I will probably cut out a few miles during the last week.

LeahC said...


Douglas Adams came to speak when I was an undergrad which was one of the best talks I have ever seen.

Full Metal Lunchbox said...

I really liked the Hitchhikers explanation in your post.