Sunday, January 10, 2010

Party like it's 2011

That's right - my wife and I spent the last week in the Mayan riviera just south of Cancun. We spent the week at an all inclusive resort - which is pretty awesome if you just want to veg out for a week. We did nothing of cultural significance beyond watching the director's cut of The Lord of the Ring's Trilogy. I got in some reading in as well - I read Russel Brand's My Bookie Wook and To Hellholes and Back by Chuck Thompson. The former is a surprisingly funny memoir by someone who is really famous in the UK, but I'd never heard of him until two weeks ago. He was on NPR's "Fresh Air" where he uttered the funniest thing I've ever heard on that show - "Terry, I don't know if you've ever smoked crack, but it can really mess you up." Thompson's book is about traveling to "hellholes" - which include The Congo, India, and finally Disney World.
The third book I read this week (which I just realized I left on the plane!!!) was Running on Third Wind by Mike Tymn. It's a collection of columns that Tymn has written over the years. Tymn wrote mainly for National Masters News - as well as the main paper in Honolulu. He also wrote for both Runner's World and Running Times. Mike peaked as a runner in his early 40's and focused much of his writing on master's runners. Most of the columns are interviews with great runners - but, he also writes about many of the same debates that are never ending: are big races that emphasize "joggers" good for the sport? are runners weird? what is the definition of an athlete? It's a great read and I'd highly recommend it.
As for the running - it was flat and sandy. Not the greatest, but hey, I got to run with my shirt off for a few days in early January - can't complain about that.

Last Week
Monday: 8 miles
Tuesday: 9 miles fartlek 4X 35 sec 2X 75 sec 1X 2:30 2X 75 sec 4X 35 sec all at R pace
Wednesday: 9 miles
Thursday: 9 miles 20 min tempo 5 min easy 10 min tempo
Friday: 0 miles
Saturday: 15 miles
Sunday: 6 miles
Total: 56 miles

This Week
Monday: 7 miles
Tuesday morning: 4 miles
Tuesday evening: 11 miles 4 X (200m R pace 200m jog + 200m R pace 400m jog + 800m R pace 400m jog)
Wednesday: 7 miles
Thursday: 11 miles 7 miles tempo
Friday: 0 miles
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: 17 miles
Total: 65 miles


RM said...

1) You read books on vacation? Lame.

2) While watching LOTR is always a good way to spend a day, I hope it was raining that day because why would you spend 14 hours watching the trilogy when you're at the beach!!!

3) Russell Brand has hosted the MTV Movie Awards, was in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall and in general is just a British guy that is really famous there but not so much here. But he got engaged to Katy Perry so much respect.

alyssa said...

gahhhh Ryan beat me to it but I can't believe you spent time in mexico INSIDE watching movies!

movies with gremlins and elves, at that.

Ben said...

Don't worry - we only watched LOTR when it was dark out or cloudy/raining. Thanks for your concern.