Days 102-Tempo, 103-Swim, and 104-Spinning of 112 #timeforsomeinspiration
First things first:
- YEAH!! I am sooooo happy to be back home in Ann Arbor.
- Yes, it is a track party even if you’re the only one there and they try to lock you out.
- Damn! Oklahoma University LOST the WCWC to University of Alabama.
- Cool! University of Alabama is the first SEC school to win the WCWS.
- The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is one of the finest memorials and museums I have ever visited in my life (more on this at the end of the blog).
- There was NOTHING inspirational about my tempo, swim, or spin this week, and with 9 days left to the marathon, I thought I’d share some inspiration, also at the end of the blog.
After Monday’s solo 13-mile run, I decided to take a rest day on Tuesday and headed out the door on Wednesday a.m. for my tempo run. Sadly, because it was only 6 miles (3 fast miles at that) and I knew exactly where to go, I procrastinated getting out the door and had to run the whole thing in the sun starting at about 8:00 a.m.
When I run solo, I struggle with reconciling how I “feel” with what my pace is, which basically means Christy is going to have to run with me the rest of my life. I don’t care at this point if she is interested in this or not. We all have to do things we don’t want to do at times. Christy P has helped created this beast of a running monster I’ve turned into, and thus, she shall suffer the consequences.
Alas, mile 1 I was clipping along at a sub 9:00 pace and felt good. Mile 2 was a fast time (about 8:38), but it felt good. I wasn’t tired and I saw the benefit of being able to maintain this pace and not having to “speed up” for miles 3-5. Good idea, right? Um…..well, mile 3 was tough and by mile 4 I decided to be flexible-miles 2-4 would be my tempo miles and my easy miles would be 5 and 6.
Which begs the question….what is an easy mile? Honestly, 8:53 at the beginning felt like an easy mile, but 9:56 and 10:01 at the end did NOT feel like easy miles. My latest thing is that I will be running along and feeling fine and I look down and see I’m running a “fast pace” and then when I try to slow down, I feel like I’m barely running. Resolving this/coming to terms with this/mastering this, is something that I will need to get my head around during the next 9 days! And if I can’t figure it out, I’m hoping the following two Guardian Running Angels will be able to help me out:
Nothing much to note about Thursday’s swim except that even on the last day of what turned out to be both a physically and mentally exhausting vacation, I was up at 5:00 a.m. to head to the Oklahoma City YMCA by 5:30 a.m. for a lap swim.
At the YMCA in Ann Arbor, they have a “Thought/Question of the Day” that they post at the front desk. In Oklahoma, they have ones you choose. This was my message for the day:
Because my tendonitis in my right arms is still giving me some problems, the majority of my time in the pool was spent aqua jogging, which, by the way, apparently makes you the pool pariah. I know I look ridiculous! I get it! Especially when I get in the 3-4 feet of water and my aqua jogging turns into aqua recumbent biking so my toes don’t scrape the bottom of the pool. It took me 60 minutes to swim 1,100 years-500 of those yards I was aqua jogging and it took me about 40 minutes; 600 of those yards I used my arms and legs and did that in 20 minutes. Bottom line-it’s much faster to swim with legs and arms!
Woo hoo!! Back in Ann Arbor for my first workout with Christy P in 9 days! I know 9 days doesn’t seem a lot, but when you go 25 years without seeing someone, and then you start seeing them at least 5 times a week over the course of 8 months-9 days is like a drought! Especially when that person has become your mental marathon sherpa!
Sadly, all the alcohol I should have been drinking while in Oklahoma as part of an alcoholic coping mechanism (Disclaimer: I am NOT making fun of alcoholics or alcoholism. It is a disease. I understand this. I am making fun of myself for feeling the need to be drinking to cope with problems), I consumed last night when I got home in a celebratory manner and, as a result, woke up at 5:50 for a 6:00 a.m. spinning class. I got there at 6:20 and left with Christy at 6:45. I figured, what the hell?! I’m in taper mode. I’ve earned this. Hey, at least I got 25 minutes of exercise in.
So nothing too great to mention about spinning class except this:
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
Oh. My. God. This experience for me in Oklahoma was profound. The memorial grounds are just striking in their simplicity-from the monument to the landscaping-and the museum is one of the best I’ve ever been too. They do an amazing job of recreating the chaos of the day. If you are ever in Oklahoma City, I think it is well worth your time to stop by. Below are a few pictures.
Time for Some Inspiration
Not wanting to end on a sad note, I thought I’d share some recent inspirational messages that have inspired me. Courtesy of Lynne Mixer and Runners World:
“The first person you have to inspire every day is yourself. Running will do that.” Marc Parent, Runner’s World columnist
“Running is not a private activity. People are watching. Show someone what it’s like to want something.” Marc Parent, Runner’s World columnist
“Games require skill. Running requires endurance, character, pride, physical strength, and mental toughness. Running is a test, not a game. A test of faith, belief, will, and trust in one’s self. So hardcore all to itself to define the pain. When game players criticize, it’s because they aren’t willing to understand, not because they’re stronger. Running is more than a sport; it’s a lifestyle. If you have to ask us why we run, you’ll never understand.” Jessica Propst
Carry on friends, carry on.