So, today’s run…hmm – let me preface it with a few things:
- When I set out on it, it was 28 degrees – and I foolishly thought it would get warmer. Um, no, it definitely got windier AND colder, 25 by the time I completed 12 miles.
- I realize it’s colder in other places, but I guess with this otherwise mild winter, I got acclimated to the 40’s and above (spoiled, I know) so this felt like a run in the Arctic.
- I almost wimped out and treadmilled it…but as fate would have it, DEMON CHILD was pounding away in the gym so I used that #rage and toughed it outdoors.
Okay, so back to the run….
Although it wasn’t a race, as I was running today, I was in this mindset where key points were getting stuck in my mind so the following is a run recap…including my (somewhat) deep thoughts that emerged those almost-2 hours on the road. So, get ready for a look into my crazy brain – and hey, why not start it off with a song?
She’s just waiting for the summertime when the weathers fine…
It sure didn’t feel like any kind of summer to me, but halfway through my run today (after I listened to the latest episode of the WDW Radio podcast) I switched my Pandora onto the Jack Johnson station. I realize, it’s kind of a weird thing to listen to on a run, but if only for a second, the way the songs play warm me up and make me envision that I’m on a beach in Hawaii.
Even when my run looks more like this:
Anyway, I digress 😉 On LRs, I often take a while to settle into a comfortable pace – often bobbing around between too fast and too slow…as per these splits:
Mile 1 – 8:48 / Mile 2 – 8:29 / Mile 3 – 8:49 / Mile 4 – 9:07 / Mile 5 – 8:59 / Mile 6 – 9:09 / Mile 7 – 8:50 / Mile 8 – 8:35/ Mile 9 – 8:42 / Mile 10 – 8:27 / Mile 11 – 8:21 / Mile 12 – 8:41
(12 mile average – 8:45)
With my 1/2 Marathon Goal, my LR should be anywhere from 8:36 to 9:52, so I was good on that, but it wasn’t easy. And by not easy, I don’t mean physically or emotionally, but really a weird combination of both.
You see – this past week, I saw a comment that made me think. I cannot recall if it was on my Facebook, twitter or instagram, but it was worded somewhere to the effect of, (in reference to a not-so-magical run) “thanks for saying it was a hard run, you make it sound like they’re always great.”
Now, that stuck in my mind for a few reasons – one – well, I love running, but as in all things in life, it isn’t always awesome, magical, sugar-coated or easy – but I am thankful for EACH AND EVERY healthy and injury free run I can log – two – I am definitely a person that believes that your attitude determines your outcome…you know, you only get what you put in, that kind of stuff? Well, it’s true – oh, and three – I was thankful for that comment because it provided me something to think about today 😉
This song, Dreams be Dreams, by Jack Johnson – has nothing to do with running, but there are a few lines that spoke (or sang?) to me today…
A dreams a dream
And all this livings so much harder than it seems
But girl don’t let your dreams be dreams
You know this livings not so hard as it seems
Don’t let your dreams dreams
Your dreams your dreams be dreams
I run because I am able to run. It boosts me up, clears my head and I like to think it’s made me a better person. But I am not just lollygagging around, either…you see, these long runs, sessions of speed work – 400s, 800s and 1200’s, tempo-paced and sometimes barf-inducing workouts – they’re all toward a big goal in my training toward a Boston-qualifying marathon. When I say, in a daily mile update, that I felt great, that doesn’t always mean that I pranced away after an effortless treadmill session – it means that I felt great that I made another step toward my running aspirations.
I know, it’s scary, declaring to the world that YOU WANT SOMETHING, but you know what’s even scarier: NOT making an attempt to make it happen! I wasn’t born a runner (really) but I made myself into one. I might not look like a runner, but I know I’ve put in the miles…and I may put in hundreds, even thousands more before I get where I want to be, but I am willing to work. This passion drives it all – those whiny moments of lamenting the weather forecast, second-guessing another early-morning wake up call or feverish edits to a training plan – it’s all part of a bigger picture…and I know it will all be worth it, someday.
So what are YOUR GOALS and what are YOU doing to reach them? Maybe it’s not even about running! Life is too short to sell yourself short. Look at yourself and imagine what you can achieve – you might even surprise yourself!