I'm not feeling cohesive today, so you'll have to deal with my list mentality. Let the bullets fly:
- OK, seriously, what do you think of this new layout? Xenia says it's more cheerful than she imagines I am, which admittedly is a valid point. I only picked it because it's called "Snapshot Tequila." For some reason it spoke to me. Give me your thoughts, now!
- All this tapering makes me want to punch babies.
- The Viper is a
cheapskateconscientious shopper. Today, I ordered a new pair of shoes, two tech shirts and a pair of shorts for less than $90 from Joe's New Balance Outlet. There you will find some choice prices on last year's inventory. (Vanilla, I think even you'll find something compelling.)
- Decisions, decisions ... speaking of shoes, I don't know which shoes to wear during the Cleveland Half Marathon. I've only raced in New Balance, but last year I got a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 (for free!) after the Akron Marathon. The Brooks have proven to be a worthy alternate. Do I stay in my comfort zone and wear my New Balance 767s or do I go all variety-is-the-spice-of-life and wear the Brooks?
- Does the above point make me a shill?
- I was half a pound heavier than my goal race weight at this morning's weigh-in. Without my high mileage, I have to be extra disciplined about my food and booze intake this week.
- The Cavs play the Celtics tonight in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. That won't encourage me to drink or anything.
- Can anyone say "liquid diet"?
- It seems a bunch of people raced this weekend. (I see Amy and Chia and Laminator and Laura and Marcy and Nitmos and Razzdoodle and Topher and Vanilla and Xenia. And probably about a zillion others I'm too lazy to find.) Many of you took part in Nancy's 10K on the 10th, another stellar virtual event. I'm tapering, so the 10th was a rest day. I did 8 miles on the 9th and 8 miles on the 11th instead. Besides, I heard no beer was provided. No beer = no Viper. But great job, virtual racers! You're all virtual winners!
- On a completely non-running, non-boozing note: As most of you dear readers are also fellow bloggers, I figure you must have some interest -- if only a fleeting one -- in writing mechanics. Renowned writing coach Roy Peter Clark of the Poynter Institute has begun a new book called the "The Glamour of Grammar" as a follow-up to "Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer." I'm not afraid to admit I've had a man-crush on Mr. Clark since my college days. Visit his Writing Tools blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays to read segments of the new book as he writes them.