Running In Circles – No More..
I’ve been running in circles. Around and around, getting nowhere fast.
I have had numerous conversations with my running/friend/mentor over the last few weeks about (what else) running. She feels, that just getting out there every day and running the exact same pace and distance is enough FOR HER. And I agree. FOR HER. She tries hard to explain to me that there is no reason to run races or to run faster or to run longer distances. And some days, I agree with her. But, most days I don’t. Agree. With her.
I am the type of person that needs a goal. I need to see something ahead and work for it. Strive to get to that point and then move on to bigger goals. No, I am not thinking of running Badwater or Ultras any time soon. Actually, never will I think to run those, but I do think to run Halfs and trail races and I also think to increase my speed and distance. To me, it is a natural progression as a runner.
Think about it. A child learns to crawl. A child learns from crawling to shakily stand up and move forward. Walking. Then, quite naturally a child runs. Then runs faster. So, as a runner I should be striving for that as well. Or should I? Is this just crazy talk? The talk of a person who thinks she is all that and more? The talk of a runner who has no idea what she is doing?
I am not a new runner, but I am a different runner. Prone to injury with every step I take. Yet, I love it so. Running has given to me something I cannot put into words. So, I won’t even try.
Anyway, lately I feel as though I am running around in circles. Sometimes, the circles are big and other times the circles are so small they suffocate me. I have been looking unto different things to bring my running up a notch. Or two. Or ten.
I discovered this RUN NYC sponsored by Nike. They meet:
RUN NYC Training Run Schedule:
Mondays @6:30pm: NY RUNNING CO.+
Tuesdays @6:30pm: NIKETOWN+
Thursdays @6:30pm: NIKETOWN+
Saturdays @9:00am: NIKETOWN+
PLUS: NIKE Speed Series Schedule:
Wednesdays @6:30pm: Paragon Sports+ HOLLA!!!!!
Check out this workout: (last night)
Tonight it’s a Crosswalk-Interval workout:
We’ll warm up to 65th Street.. Starting at 65th Street, we’ll run to the first crosswalk, then pick up the pace and keep that elevated pace till the next crosswalk. We’ll continue that “off-on” Interval as we reach each crosswalk.
*3 Mile Interval – 65th St. to Engineers Gate (E.90th) and Back
*4 Mile Interval – 65th St. to E. 102nd Transverse and Back.
*5 Mile Interval – 65th St. to E.102nd cross & south on Westside, through lower loop
Fun and different. Plus, I know I will meet some cool runners. Because, lets face it – all runners are cool. Some cooler than others but all cool in their own way.
While I love my daily runs I just feel that I need some extra added motivation and a bit of a change. Am I taking crazy again? Crazy talk? Am I crazy? Am I even a runner? Who am I?
So this is my plan, and I am sticking to it. I have NYC Half Marathon in about 32 days. I am also signed up for this THE RAT RACE! WIth my bro TED. Sept 19th. I am really looking forward to that 10 mile trail race. Even more than the NYC Half. Plus, the RUN NYC workouts. And speed workouts as well. Weekly.
Also, last week I had the pleasure of my first runner – blogger – NYC meet up. TK organized it and I got to meet some cool (yeah) runners. You should check this guy out BrandonsMarathon. He does podcasts too and next week for his 50th podcast he had the amazing fortune to interview Christopher McDougall – the author of Born to Run. An awesome book. Go check Brandon out. He is a cool guy and very nice to boot!!
You can follow me here DAILYMILE. I write all my workouts and stuff.
I also want to give a shout out to this guy. Punkrocktriguy. He deserves some props for what he just accomplished. He fucking rocks!! I am going to use his quote:
I’ll leave you with this: Turn your back on your internal spectator and participate in life every chance you get. People ask me all the time why I do these silly things and I now know that the answer is simple – I can’t live with the alternative of not doing these silly things.
FUCK YEAH!!! Ron – you said it straight out.
Sitting on my butt is NOT.AN.OPTION.
In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through the mansions of glory in suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected,and steppin’ out over the line
h-Oh, Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we’re young
`Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run
Time for Jazz Hands. It’s the way I roll.
Had some nice runs this week. Ran 6 on Sunday in 1.05.46 Ran 6 today in 1.03.36 Had a nice fast 2 miler at 19.42. Ran a nice 5 miler yesterday in 51.42. Getting there. Slowly. Mojo and zen runs are in my head and I try hard to get that feeling into my legs. HOLLA!!!!
You only have to do a little each day, Michelle, to get a ton done.