MarTrain Day 9: ice cannot be trusted. ever.

If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.

run rest repeatHoly shit it was icy. Legit took my life in my own hands. Some very close calls. I really need to get yak-traks. I know, I say it every winter but I need to make it happen this year!

At any rate, despite the conditions tonight I was faster than I have been in ages. I mean, I wasn’t ever truly fast so it’s not like I’m that fast, I’m just faster than I have been lately. But every time I shave some time of my runs, I feel like it’s a tiny victory. Obviously I know I won’t be breaking records (have I mentioned that before?) but when I get quicker (even just a wee bit) I know that my training is paying off. Quite honestly, there are days whilst slipping and sliding out there that I wonder to myself: “what the feck am I doing out here?”

Then I finish. I get that famous runners high. And I’m reminded why I lace up. I love running. I can go out there with a mind full of junk but come home empty and refreshed. People are always surprised when I tell them that I rarely go running anymore with music. It started a few years ago when I was training for a race that wouldn’t allow earbuds (now a lot of races won’t for safety) and ever since then I just stuck to it.

At first I found it tremendously difficult, after all it was Eminem and G-Unit that got me through some incredibly tough runs. But after time it grew easier. To stay focused & motivated, I memorized the words to ‘Rise & Shine’

I repeated it over and over and over in my head while training. And on days when I wanted to break down, I dug in and said it out loud. I imagine I looked foolish. Oh well.

Rise And Shine Nike Motivation Find your greatnessEver since then I haven’t really needed music to kick me in the butt, though I haven’t been out running for multiple hours at a time in quite a while. I imagine I’ll have to get a good running playlist on the go for the days I’ll be out for double-digit runs. If you have any reco’s, leave them in the comments please 🙂

Just curious:

 

Day 2: 3.5 mile run

Today was Day 2 and I had to complete a 3.5 mile run. My time was 32 minutes (can’t remember seconds and deleted from watch.) It was a pretty good run, despite almost being hit by a guy cutting through a parking lot. Oh FYI, don’t eat Indian before you run. I didn’t have any “issues” during the run, but it would have been a different story if I had to go any longer! I know most of you are rolling your eyes (I am too) and don’t kid yourself, I knew it was a bad idea myself, but it’s my kryptonite (especially chicken korma from Surahi).

I must also report that I have my first half-training injury: a blister! It’s nothing compared to some I’ve had but it’s at an awkward place on my ankle – one where I won’t be able to keep a band-aid on it. Therefore, I’ll be buying a new roll of duct-tape tomorrow (tip: if you have a blister in an awkward spot, put a band-aid on it and then duct-tape over it; works like a charm!)

 

One other thing that bothered me through this run was my shorts – the leg elastics aren’t tight anymore and I had to keep hauling them down (awkward!) Can anyone out there recommend a good pair of shorts? e.g.: flattering, yet effective. I had two pairs of the same Nike shorts for almost ten years and have to lay them to rest due to holes. I have to say, not a HUGE Nike fan, but they were the best darn shorts I’ve ever bought and well-worth the investment. Anyone wearing Lululemon shorts? They worth the million dollars?

Off to get my recovery drink and snack in. Happy trails!