My chaotic weekend included a conference, British daylight savings time, continuing to lose the battle against the Dissertation Chapter That Will Just NOT DIE, a night of 12 straight hours of sleep, a day where I laughed so much that my abs were actually sore the following day, the consumption of three hamburgers and the first of what may be several craptastic Yasso 800 sessions.
Because English weather is now back in full force (rain, rain and more rain), I forwent the track (a very special one which I will post about, against my better judgment, at another time) and attempted 4 x 800m on a treadmill at the gym. Not only did I have to contend with the soul-sucking hell that is a treadmill, but I also have never done speedwork consistently so the mental anguish was rather dire to say the least.
Instead of four repeats, I completed two. Physically I could have completed four, but I was suffering under time constraints, mild shin splints and mental weakness. Again, I’ve never done this before so I think starting with four repeats was a bit optimistic. And by a bit I mean a lot.
So Yasso can kiss my ass-o. Instead I’ll be following the Runny is Funny method of repeats. Since I successfully completed 2 x 800 last week, this week will be 3 x 800. But if I don’t complete all three within the prescribed time (a pathetic for you but optimistic for me sub 4:30 each), then I will repeat it each week until I do and only then add on an additional repeat. I like this method because it speaks to the perfectionist in me while also making sure I don’t bite off more than I can chew. It’s a win-win situation really...except for the fact that I have to do speedwork in the first place. Yuck.
Since I’m majorly behind the times, I only recently saw the ten-minute video for the Lady Gaga and Beyonce song, Telephone. It was emailed to me by a friend who I have a long standing disagreement with re: Lady Gaga. My friend likes her music and thinks Lady Gaga is an artist in respect to both her work and fashion choices. I like Lady Gaga’s music but I acknowledge and accept the fact that she’s clinically insane.
I present to you Exhibit A:
I rest my case.
After I watched the video, I replied to my friend with a list of my comments. To state it simply, they weren’t complimentary. Instead of re-posting my email here, I will just direct your attention to this parody video which another friend brought to my attention. It summarizes my thoughts quite well.
All right, folks, that’s it for me. Hope you all have a good week ahead. Catch up with you when I can.