That wasn't me out there running today. Uh-huh. Must have been somebody who looked like me. Yeah, that's right. I really need that full week off for marathon recovery.
OK, it was me. But I wasn't really running. Call it, er, fast walking. Really fast.
Full disclosure: I ran 4.2 miles at a leisurely pace just to burn off the stress. So sue me.
Now that I've got the confession off my chest, let's share some other running news, stuff that people might actually care about.
- It turns out Chico was well represented at last weekend's Eugene Marathon, too. Blogger Greg Fischer writes about Paul Smith (the speedy 32-year-old who often travels down to Sacramento to win our races) getting a PR of 2:27:34, and highlights the race of 24-year-old Lindsay Nelson, who was the third overall woman and came within two minutes of Olympic qualifying at 2:48:15.
- Weirdest running story of the week had to be the development of an indoor trail marathon. Yes, indoors and trail. It will happen next February on an indoor motocross course in Wisconsin. Details here. Being in California, we can't quite grasp the allure of the indoor marathon craze in the Midwest (brrr...). Running 26.2 around either a track or on the concourse of a hockey rink just seems dull. Maybe the motocross mini-hills might make things more interesting.
- News organizations have been reporting all week about how the alleged Times Square terrorist wasn't very skilled in car-bombmaking. Well, it turns out that Faisal Shahzad isn't a very savvy runner, either, according to CNN.com. A neighbor of Shahzad told the network that "He would wear all black and jog at night." C'mon, we all know that's not safe. Faisal should have been wearing reflective clothing on those night runs. Then again, maybe he had a reason he didn't want to be noticed.
- Kind of quiet weekend for local races coming up, except, of course, for the massive Race for the Cure 5K at Cal Expo. Details here. Expect thousands. Have fun. Me? I'll be there in spirit. I can't race. After all, I'm in recovery mode.