I’m a runner. It’s highly unlikely that someone like me, can feel that way, given how little effort I like to put into things. If there’s a easier, softer way for me to achieve somewhat the same result as you putting in the hard work, then I’ll take the easier way. Every time. That’s why I liked liquid diets in the 80s. 40 pounds? Gone. Shortcuts and speeding? My style.
However, this running gig: It’s different. I always thought doing *runs* was about balls out for however long (5K, 10K, Half Mary). I had no idea that there were strategies to this whole thing. For a year and a half, I’ve used C25K, and Hal Higdon, and opted out of the off day stretching crap, etc. I just wanted to run.
This all changed when I joined the TNT team. I decided with this running cycle, that I would learn as much as I could from CharlieBob and the other mentors. I would shut off my head, and forget what I thought was best, and do as they said. The first time we ran, someone said, “Oh we have to stop and walk for 2 minutes.” I’m like, whatEVER. I am going to run.
This past weekend, I decided to do what they said. You know what? I was fresher, I finished stronger and I felt better. All day. I remember the first time I did 6 miles, and I was in pajamas all day.
So, today was my 1 hour run, and I decided to bite the bullet, and walk 2 minutes after 2 miles. twice. Other than a sore back, which I’m off to treat, I feel good. Legs feel strong, and getting just a touch of liquid from my sexy fanny pack made all the difference in a 5.5 mile run at 70 degrees. I remember the movie Miracle, where the coach talked about putting *fresh legs* on the ice.
I’m listening. And learning. From CharlieBob, from your blogs, from your tweets. I believe I am humbly admitting that you know best sometimes, and that I have so much to learn.
Today, I get notice of a Half Marathon at Midnight in Modesto on August 8th. I think I’m in.