Persistence Running & Stuff.
This is a “Persistence Hunt” of a Male Kudu, by tribesman of the San on the Kalahari Desert of Africa.
Thoroughly blew my mind! And, my mind is not blown easily!
So, yesterday I had a pretty awesome run. It was neither fast nor epic in mileage but somehow, it felt like it. It was just a Sunday longish run of 8 miles.
I ran this with Samantha which made a ton of difference. I see to prefer running long with a friend. Mostly for the motivation and camaraderie that ensues. The run seems to fly by.
I love to run. I am not a Kenyan nor am I a fast runner. I am not an elite runner nor will I ever be. In fact, I am hardly a really good runner either. But, who cares? I am still a runner and I am proud to be a part of such an amazing community. I have never met a runner I didn’t like. Seriously! If they exist I have yet to find them.
I love everything about running. From the ritualistic way I get ready for my runs, to the walk to my boardwalk, to the little stretch routine I do, oh and that first left – right – left making myself propel forward as the wind blows through my hair. What a freaking way to start the day. Come on, I am tempting you here, my friends. Incredible.
So the 8 miles went down like this:
Ran 4 straight miles without stopping and then took a quick GU/WATER break. After I hit mile 5 I walked for 1 minute. After I hit mile 6 I walked for 1 minute. After I hit mile 7 I walked for more than 1 minute and also stopped at the water fountain to gulp down water. Mile 7 to mile 8 was tough because I knew it was the last mile, yet I was quickly running out of steam. Samantha got me though it by encouraging me and not letting me stop.
8 miles 1.31.59 11.29 min/mile
Fastest mile was mile 4 at 10.44
Now, I need to put this out to the universe. I am starting, as of today Monday July 27th, 2009 100 pushups and 200 situps programs because my upper body is pathetic. I already took the initial tests for both. I was able to do 8 good form push-ups and 40 good form sit-ups. I think this is going to be fun and I am looking forward to building up my upper body and very flabby tummy.
New kicks too. Brooks Defyance. The name fits me huh?
“Whatever you have in your mind- forget it; Whatever you have in your hand- give it; Whatever is to be your fate- face it” -Abu Sa’id