Tax Day ~ The Day To Come Clean…
So, twice now I ran with a new friend. A lovely lady that lives in my apartment building. And twice now I did something that I promised myself I wouldn’t do.
We met at the pre-determined time. We both started our GPS devices and started off. I, immediately said “you set the pace”. Simple words really. And simple to follow. And I did. For about 5 minutes. Then I did what I ALWAYS do. I started running ahead. And, this is not to say that she runs slow. Quite the contrary.
I am obsessed with the numbers. The time. The garmin is both a beautiful thing and a curse. To me, anyway. Instead of embracing the run, I make it stressful for myself. And I fuck up what should be a nice run with a new friend.
I do not think I am a better runner than anybody else. I am not. I just become somebody who every few seconds glances at Seth (Garmin) to see if I am in the “range” or whatever the fuck that even means. I know my pace. I know where I am at right now. So, why look?
I have had a 10 week break in running and now I am attacking it as though perhaps it will be taken away from me again. This is not the way I want to run. I love it and love the way it makes me feel, if I let it. I don’t want to be the runner that everybody hates to run with. And you know I wouldn’t blame my new friend if she said to me that she’d rather run on her own. It certainly wouldn’t surprise me.
I am not a new runner but I have a lot to learn. When I say “you set the pace” I need to mean it and I need to run “with” another not run “ahead” of another. It is common courtesy and it is what I strive for. I would want it done for me.
So, new friend next run is our run. Not your run and my run!!
And speaking of running, I’ve been doing just fine. No toe pain at all. I was joking to someone that my blister hurt much more than the darn broken toe did. The blister has now turned into a big ugly patch of dead skin that for some reason doesn’t want to peel off. It is a funky color and its ugly so I will spare you the visual. I guess it just has to be ready to peel huh?
I am keeping a 10 min/mile pace give or take. I just read some cool news today about the Brooklyn Half Marathon:
This years half-marathon in Brooklyn on Saturday May 30, is going to be the best one yet. Come out to the borough that features Prospect Park, Coney Island, and the famous boardwalk, where the half-marathon will END this year.
The race is ending in MY HOOD!!! Five minutes from where I live. I am excited to be able to show Ted where I grew up. YO! My hood. YO! That is cool! I am looking forward, with nervous excitement, to running this race. The first time I will be running the Brooklyn Half Marathon that is ending in my HOOD!!!
Stats for my last run:
4/14/09 5.39 miles 56.03 10.24 min/mile 637 calories burned.
|actual||+/- avg||actual||+/- avg|
|1||10′ 28||+0′ 04||5.7||-0.0||0 ft|
|2||10′ 53||+0′ 29||5.5||-0.3||0 ft|
|3||10′ 53||+0′ 29||5.5||-0.3||+3 ft|
|4||11′ 34||+1′ 10||5.2||-0.6||-3 ft|
|5||9′ 32||-0′ 52||6.3||+0.5||0 ft|
|end||10′ 00||-0′ 24||6.0||+0.2||-3 ft|
|Versus average of 10′ 24 min/mile: Slower Faster|
The Universe told me today:
Give it thought, Michelle. Consider every angle. And then speak your mind.
You’ve not been drawn into anyone’s life just to listen.
Loud and proud,
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Please, take that step!
I may be securing a cool G-Post. Stay tuned.