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.
Holy 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.
Ever 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 🙂
This morning was my last run in Arizona before my Remembrance Day 10k in Calgary tomorrow, where the temperature is hovering around the -16 mark. Good grief!
Surprisingly this morning, the temperature here was cooler than it has been all week, around 65 F. But I completed the usual 5k and didn’t mind it at all; I even could’ve thrown a long sleeve on (imagine that!?). My legs felt a little heavy; I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t stretch enough or if they were just restless. I made it in under the thirty minutes, but don’t know pace/best pace because I didn’t use RunKeeper to track it. I definitely could have run further, but I didn’t want to push it as I need to conserve energy for tomorrow! After tomorrow, I’ll be half-way to half-marathon and I will be starting my next round of training on Monday – no time for breaks!
The past week has been awesome– it was like a nine-day cheat retreat! We had hot dogs, nachos, chips, chocolate, beer, wine, margaritas and loads and loads of Mexican food; simply delightful! And although I’m not looking forward to the cold weather in Alberta, I am looking forward to getting back into a routine (I’ll likely forego cheat days for the next several weeks). HUGE thanks to our friends, the Millar’s, who opened up Hacienda Millar to us so we could relax and enjoy some beautiful weather. We’ll have to hang onto the memories to get us through the LONG winter in Calgary!
Tonight we head back to Alberta and to the aftermath of a blizzard (so we hear). Time to really break out the snowsuit and winter gear. But as Anthony D’Angelo would say:
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
Hope everyone is doing well out there, especially those of you in the eastern United. We’re thinking of you every day!