Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Have Legs, Will Travel

Well, it’s been nearly three weeks since I took some time off from work and you can imagine how tired I am. How do people work an entire month without taking time off?? It’s not healthy. I don’t have gout but, if I did, it seems like it would start flaring up after a few weeks straight of work. All of that sitting in an office chair just has to do something to the uric acid, doesn’t it? Lesson learned: Don’t go this long without a day off again or risk gout. Time for a vay-kay-shun (or, as I call it, “minimalist working”).

Fortunately, I’ll be bringing my legs with me so there’ll be no excuse to not get a few miles in. Does everyone else try to keep the running going while on minimalist work? Or do you shut it down completely? Just how obsessive do we need to be about this hobby?

We are heading to Florida. In August. Yeah, smart planning, I know. It won’t be warm there, will it? Should I pack a hoodie? My kids kick-off – literally – their fall soccer seasons upon our return so there wasn’t much of a choice. Our weekends will be busy from now until…eternity. Upon return, we’ll drop them off from the pool to the pitch. To make matters worse, we are renting a house in land-locked Orlando, of all places, with some friends of ours and their kids. That means four kids, four iPods they can’t find but is somehow our fault that they are lost, and four sets of lungs we have to worry about filling up with pool water. Just how much beer is there in Florida anyhow? I know Florida isn’t the Caribbean. It’s kind of a minimalist Caribbean, in fact. But, if you knew me, you’d know I’m minimalist lavish.

I know what you are thinking: How do you have any friends and why would they spend a week in the same house as you? Well aren’t you the asshole for asking? Obviously it’s because I’m incredibly charming and my posture is amazing. I think both come across clearly on this blog. At least, my blog coach tells me so. I’ve spent all week shaving the hairs off my back moles. THAT’S how considerate I am. I wanted to do a word cloud from all of the wonderful comments I’ve received over the years to illustrate my personality traits but SOCIOPATH took up most of the results. (You couldn’t even see dickhead running along the side.) It seems you guys are the real problem. Haters.

Whenever we go out of town for any extended time, I tend to cram my long runs and hard workouts in the days before I leave – schedule be damned. During minimalist work, I want to just run some easy miles to keep the continuity but not hammer intervals and tempo runs, etc. So I’ll be heading out for yet another hard run this afternoon (9 miles - four at race pace).

Yesterday I followed up the previous day’s 13 mile long run with some 800’s at the track. If you recall, I just bragged about the 1200’s I was lovin’ on this year but here I am returning to Mistress 800, last year’s track slut. All of that nostalgic talk of 800’s got me randy anxious to try a few again. I figured I’d do 5 x800 meters (400m cool down lap between). Turns out, I pulled a Grover Cleveland. I did the first two 800’s but then forgot what I was doing, slipped into current habit, did a 1200, said “D’oh!”, and then went back to a couple of 800’s to finish up. A wayward 1200m right smack in the middle. In the end however, they were the best non-consecutive 800 intervals I’d ever done. Though Grover Cleveland was too heavy to have been much of a track man, he’d have been proud of my non-sequential abilities.

My legs are packed. My mind is already on minimalist work. Hell, once you get me thinking about antique American presidents you KNOW this boy is ready to party. By this weekend, I’ll be dropping some Taft on everyone’s ass. How much time will I take sitting around the pool discussing this mustache? Much.




President "Stache" Taft


I figure three runs in the 4-5 mile range each should hold me over until I return. Does that sound about right? Who knows, if any crocodiles jump out at me, I might get some fartleks in too.

Anyone else make sure to run during minimalist work? Anyone else pissed that Grover Cleveland threw off the orderly presidential list? I hate asterisks*.

Happy minimalist work!

*unless deployed by this blog.


12 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Nitmos at an Orlando, FL resort. That's just funny...

Viper said...

I hope you're wearing the proper minimalist shoe for this minimalist work. Cheers!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I love FL in August. No one is there to bug me.

Ironman By Thirty said...

"vay-kay-shun" - Is this a ripoff of the billboards for The Homestaed up in TC??? If so, busted! I saw those same billboards.

And don't forget... four mouths that are going to expect to be fed even though you are on "vay-kay-shun"

Jill said...

I think it's illegal to go to Orlando in August.

Elizabeth said...

you're funny. :-D I think getting a couple of relaxed runs in during vacation is like doing hardcore speed workouts during regular times because it just takes sooooo much more effort to make yourself do them when you are chillaxin...especially in FL during August. Ima born and raised Floridian girl myself, and will never live there again. But I have to visit there every summer to see my folks. I hope you have a wonderful vacation!!!!!! :-D

Beth said...

I went to Florida in June and everyone told me I was crazy. Even I know not to go in August. Vacationing with extended family or friends is enough to make me fit in as many workouts as possible. Being the unsociable person that I am, going for a run is the best excuse to get some alone time. Enjoy your trip!

Rachel said...

Florida's not the minimalist Caribbean, it's the redneck Riviera.

Have a great time, and try not to strangle the kids!

Drea said...

That is a LONG workout Nitmos! Should do you well on that half marathon coming up!

Adam said...

Yeah, I'll always run a few times during vay-kay-shun. It is the only way I poop. With my buffet intake at an all time high, making sure that the colon is clear is priority #1.

Irene said...

Going to Orlando in August is a workout. No problemo!

Jess said...

I try to run on vacation. You're going to need to get away from those kids at some point.