Daily Archives: June 23, 2009

Mermaid parade

I’m not going to go into detail with the Mermaid Parade I was in Saturday, but know that it was debaucherous and mostly naked. I took no pictures, but here is one of me and a few paraders getting ready, stolen from Facebook.

mermaid paradeNot much else to say, other than it would have served to be drunker for the entire affair.

Today’s best in North Jersey news

Still without a camera, so a sampling of the Garden State’s shenanigans will have to do.

“Real Housewife” Danielle plans court action to ban sex pictures – note that she did not actually file anything yet. But still. Wish I were still covering Passaic County!

Montclair man jailed after attack on cop – this guy attacked a Clifton officer with a spike!!

South Plainfield teachers to boycott graduation – sort of a convoluted story, but kids said they wouldn’t drink at prom and then they did, getting themselves banned from graduation. Then the parents complained and the kids get to walk, but now the teachers say they won’t volunteer. Whatever. Drinking is for the shore!

Closing arguments in James Zarate trial – This is just a horrific story about a 16-year-old girl who was murdered. The brother, Jonathan, was convicted last year. I’ve been following the whole thing with a kind of sick fascination.

Tuesday track: Dodging gym class

I am increasingly wishing I had a track buddy or a training group for workouts. Unfortunately, my weirdo work schedule ensures that I work out when no one else is inclined to run. This is nice in one sense, as the track is rarely crowded, but also annoying because it becomes easier to screw around during workouts.

Today’s track set came courtesy of my friend H., who would probably do track with me if she weren’t all hurt with runningtoomuchitis. It went like this:

1600 in 6:38, 400 recovery
1200 in 4:55, 400 recovery
2 x 800 in 3:08, 3:11, 200 recovery after each
Now, here I was supposed to do 2×400, but 300 into the first one the high school gym class came out and started doing jumping jacks on the field. I was “distracted,” so I stopped and retrieved my shirt. Then I screwed around for .75 of a lap and did one 400 in 93.

All in all, not a terrible workout, but my knees kind of feel like crap now. Also, I feel myself spiraling into my old habits of “throwing” my workouts at the beginning – a.k.a., going out way too hard in the beginning and then not being able to finish strong. It is a stupid thing to do, and it totally pyschs me out. Also, it defeats the entire point of the workout, it seems.