Tuesdays are one of my "workout" runs, either an interval or tempo. Today I wasn't feeling either one. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and yet I couldn't find my typical run spirit. I convinced myself to get out of the car and just. get. moving. Start the warmup and the rest will come, right? A two mile warmup turned into 3.6 miles. My mind continued to make excuses and battle with itself.
Finally, I pushed myself forward into the tempo part of my run. As my legs started to move faster, my mind began to focus on the task at hand. In the next mile, I ran past my Big Girl's school. The kids were outside on recess (and yes, I was the crazy mom doing the wild-wave trying to get my child's attention. I think every kid saw me but my own.) Even with that little escapade, I clocked a 9 minute mile. It felt good. I bunkered down and tacked on three more tempo miles. My goal was to get them all under a 9 minute pace. And I did... 8:50, 8:50, 8:52.
As I jogged another 1.1 miles back to my car, I felt a sense of satisfaction. I had completely turned my day around. I could have easily skated by with an easy run (or none at all!), but instead I got it done. These little personal victories in training add up on race day... and spell out P.R.
Total: 8.6 miles in 1:22 (9:34 pace)
I posted this quote on Facebook over the weekend...
"Enjoy every mile. There’s not a lot of fun getting from point a to point b as fast as you can.”
Most of you agreed with Galloway's quote. However, I have to respectfully disagree. I love the feeling of running fast. It makes my blood rush and the endorphins fly. Competitive in nature, I get great personal pride when my times get faster and I knock out an old PR. Yes, I enjoy an easy run in a pretty setting, but 80% of the time, I'd rather run fast and sweat my butt off - especially in a race situation.
... which ironically brings me to my latest news. I just registered for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on November 10. I really debated this race after reading reviews on runDisney events. It won't be a PR, possibly even my worst time ever if I take part in all the photos and fun on the run. I definitely need to approach this "race" a little different than the others.
What do you think?
Run fast = Run happy
Run fast -or- Run happy