Away from my internets

I guess I needed a break for a few days? I haven’t touched my computer since last week. It’s been wonderful, actually.

But I’m back. So here’s what you’ve missed.

I bombed a 10-mile race.

BOMBED IT. It’s been a while since I had a total race meltdown. Saturday was the day. It sucked.

I decided to jump in to the American Tobacco Trail Ten Miler rather spontaneously, handing in my registration at packet pick-up on Friday afternoon. Several friends and teammates were racing and it sounded like a fun, flat, fast race.

It was fast…for about a mile. Too fast. Way too fast.

The plan was to go out at half-marathon pace (somewhere in the 7:20-7:30 range) and then work it down a little in the last couple of miles.

But fueled by delusions of grandeur and the excitement of being a part of the lead pack of runners (it was a staggered start, with the women starting first), I ticked off that first mile in seven flat. Shit.

I managed to keep it in the 7:10-7:20 range until the turnaround, roughly the halfway point. Through the 10K, I was still doing relatively okay, although things were starting to feel rather robotic and flat.  My 10K split was somewhere around 45-46 minutes, which about what I ran when I raced a 10K a few months ago. But unfortunately, I still had almost four miles to go.

My pace proceeded to grind to a halt and I shuffled miserably toward the finish line, cursing under my breath as each person passed me (most of whom, in fairness, were men catching up from their handicapped start). 8-minute pace. 9-minute pace. Whatever. My legs were totally shot.

I started the race in fourth place. I ended in twenty-second. Finish time: 1:17:50. A 7:47 average pace. Exactly twenty seconds per mile slower than half marathon pace. Ouch.

Lesson: Do not. Go. Out. Too. Fast.

I’m not sure if I’ll ever learn this lesson.

On the bright side, I can only think of one other time I’ve ever raced a ten miler, and that one I finished in 1:22, so I guess it’s a PR.  Cue ambivalent cheer.

…but I had a pretty great track workout.

Unfortunately, they don’t give medals for workouts. Or cash prizes. Bummer.

I totally nailed 8 X 400 at mile pace (90 seconds recovery). Take that, shitty ten-miler.

Sigh. No glory.

I ate things on crackers.

My husband was traveling all last week. I ate many meals that looked like this:

I also ate many salads and killed most of that bag of baby bell peppers. Perhaps that balances out the tub of pimento cheese.

I drank sunset beers.

It was a gorgeous weekend here. And do you know what I did with my free time instead of cuddling with my laptop, as usual? I sat outside on my little balcony, read books, and consumed beer.

This Rare Vos from Ommegang, a Belgian-style Pale Ale, was outstanding. Smooth, a little creamy, and just barely sweet with heavy carbonation but none of the pucker factor or perfume one often finds with American-style Pales. Just…very very pleasant to drink. 6.5% ABV.

Bottom line: Highly recommended! (Purchased at Total Wine, $2.25/12oz)

I also picked up a four-pack of that Dogfish Head Punkin Ale that everyone has been going OMG INSANE about for the last few weeks.

I respect what they were trying to do here, bringing the pumpkin in to a nutty Brown Ale. In theory it’s a good match, but I really did not care for this beer. Some of that is probably personal bias, as I’m not wild about Brown Ales generally: with their lower carbonation, they always seem a little watery and thin to me. And I’m not gaga for pumpkin flavor either. But I wanted to give this one a shot because it seemed to be so universally liked – and also, I’d never disliked anything from Dogfish. So I guess this is a first. I gave the remainder of the pack to my co-workers. 7% ABV.

Bottom line: Not my kinda beer. My opinion seems to be in the minority, though. (Purchased at Total Wine, $8.50/4)

I watched Center Stage.

I think I still have a VHS tape of this movie floating around somewhere. Alas, I have no VCR. So when I see it on TV…

(Image source: IMDB)

Having the remote control all to myself last week was bliss.

How was your weekend?

33 responses to “Away from my internets

  1. I don’t understand this not touching a computer thing. How does that work exactly? I’d lapse into catatonic schizophrenia. (and no, a phone IS NOT THE SAME THING.)

    Re: 10 milers – I find this is a tough distance to nail down. Per usual, I think it’s best to go out a bit slower than you want to average, but that’s often easier said than done.

    Re: Dogish Punking: You’re the second person to say it’s no good. I am taking notes.

    • I just had no desire to blog, tweet, book faces, etc. It wasn’t like a planned thing. It was weird, but I went with it!

      I think the problem was that I treated the race like a 10K when I should have treated it like a half marathon.

      Fortunately, I guess, I’m not really sore…I guess running the last few miles at cool-down pace will do that.

      • I’m more or less attached to my laptop. I get freaked out if I do anything else for too long, even if I am just mindlessly surfing.

        REASON #4584859043859403 WHY I AM NOT GOOD AT RELAXING. lolzerbeams.

  2. I still haven’t had the DFH pumpkin beer, but I still really want to try it. Preferably on your balcony at sunset. I’ll bring the crackers and peppers.

  3. I try to do the off the internet grid thing often. It is a nice little fast that allows you to remember what you actually like doing. Generally though, no phone, internet or even TV is allowed (except DVD and single player video games). I’m sorry about your race. Although, to me – being able to run that fast for that long of a duration is short of miracoulous. I’m up to being able to do 5.5 mi/hr on the treadmill for 60 seconds at a time. =)

    • Oh yeah, I hit up that TV big time. But instead of having the TV on plus laptop on my lap, I just…watched TV. Baby steps. :)

  4. I love Center Stage! Ahhhh.

    Also, have you tried the Southern Tier Pumking? Maybe you won’t like it because of its pie-ness, but it’s delicious, high grav, and goes down real smooth. 😉

    • I haven’t tried that one yet, but one of my co-workers swears it’s amazing! I’ve been keeping an eye out for it.

  5. I always try to disconnect from the internet when I go on vacation. I come back to 29384739 junk e-mails and unread posts on Google reader, but… oh well.

  6. Bummer about your race. I have no concept of pacing myself, even with a Garmin strapped to my wrist, so I understand all too well.

    What I would give to be able to have a beer right now…even a bad beer!

  7. I’ve definitely had races like that…not fun. That track workout looks awesome though! I can’t wait to get back out to the track.

  8. Center Stage… wow… that takes me back! I feel like there were 4 or 5 years of a serious wave of corny teen flicks. And there’s a good chance I watched (and loved) 95% of them.

  9. Hmmm I am not sure I will ever learn the lesson about not going out too fast…

  10. i just saw center stage for the first time a couple of months ago! and i’d already watch it again. internet-free time is awesome.

  11. Can’t remember if I told you this already: my husband picked up a six pack of Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale. It’s only 5.2% ABV but he said for some reason one beer gets him wasted. So, something to consider.
    But: winter lagers, stouts, warmers and porters will be around soon, a much better season for beer if you ask me!

  12. I avoided it this weekend too. I just felt burned out from the internet! Instead I vegged in front of the TV. Caught up on hours of Law and Order SVU, NCIS, Dexter and American Horror Story. Win!

    Sorry about your crappy run. :(

  13. Center effing Stage. Yes.

  14. I am not ashamed to admit that I saw that movie more than once in the theatres. I was a theatre kid, what would one expect of me? Sorry about the crappy run, but at least you got your crappy run out of the way, right?

  15. My weekend was great! I went to a wedding in Newport, RI and now I’m in Charlotte for a few days. Extended weekend for me!!

  16. sorry your race sucked! but the rest of your weekend – beer drinking and reading on a deck – sounds lovely. mmm.

  17. Center Stage! I own that movie too!

    Sorry about your race. The cracker meals look lovely though. Seriously. I’m doing that tonight. I put just straight butter on my crackers though. Is that nasty? I never know.

  18. I also went out too fast on a race this weekend I hope I’ve learned my lesson. It was painful in the end, and I didn’t come in as fast as I wanted, but it was still a PR. So I guess I’ll haven an ambivalent cheer for myself, too.

    Also, if you’re ever in need of it, Center Stage is on youtube in about 14 parts. I may or may not LOVE to watch it that way from time to time.

  19. Best. Movie. Ever. Soooooo junior year of high school.

  20. I had Punkin Ale last year, and it was the second most disgusting beer I’ve ever had in my life (“aged” Genny Light will most likely reign for a long long time).

  21. I only have the VHS (and no VCR) of Center Stage too!!! Gahhh it’s such a tease. Best movie ever!

  22. I heart Center Stage-have it on DVD! For whatever reason, it’s a movie I like to watch if I’m chilling the nite before a race and nothing good is on TV :)

  23. Thanks for giving Punkin a shot. (And I gotta admit, that cracker dinner looks pretty darn tasty.) Cheers!

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