I Believe I Can Touch The Sky
I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly
And nobody else has to believe in me, except me. Thanks Cris for mentioning Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s. I dig them.
I won’t write about the fact, that I almost jacked up my knee yesterday doing wrong form squats. I won’t write about the fact, that deep down I started panicking because the weather has turned into prime running weather, and I could have been sidelined. I won’t write about the fact that even though I felt a twinge in my knee, I kept on doing wrong form squats because I needed to finish the workout.
A day off and 2 advil later, I will write about that fact that I did a kick ass speed workout. My first EVAH. I spent way too much time trying to set up Seth for the workout with no luck. I am a technical geek that knows nothing. Well, if you count pressing start and stop knowing something, then yeah I rock. So, I did it the old skool ridiculous way. I literally reset Seth after each interval. Yeah, thats the way I roll.
I have to say I loved loved loved this workout. By no means, is this an epic amazing workout, but I loved it. I loved the sense of speed I felt running into the wind. I loved how I ran right by somebody and how he told me afterwards that he couldn’t catch me even if he tried. I especially loved how it made me feel right after I stopped to a very slow jog to recover only to do it again and again.
Now that I have experienced a speed workout, I am hooked. I am addicted. I want to do it again and again. Ok, well once a week. I think this speed thing is exactly what I have been looking for the entire summer. All my frustration has been built on the fact that my pace has been stagnant and even though I ran my ass off, my pace just stayed the same. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t progressing.
Speed workouts are where its at. It may not be for every runner. I guess it all depends what you want to achieve. I now have a few races that I am signed up for.
October 24th – Nike Human Race in Prospect Park this is a 10K I believe.
November 22nd – Turkey Trot 5K up on the boardwalk where I run daily! WOO! Winner gets a turkey! I want to make this race a yearly tradition. I am friends with the man who is the organizer of this race. Good guy! (ran this last year in 27.55)
November 26th – Prospect Park Turkey Trot 5 miler. Another race I want to make a tradition. What better than to run 5 miles and then eat?
December 12th – NYRR Holiday 5K Prospect Park
Of course PR’s would be phenomenal but I will do my best and that is the best I can do!! But, I do have some thoughts flowing around in my head about how I want to handle these races. I also realized today, that I do much better in shorter races. I ran two very hard and disappointing half marathons, neither of which I reached my goals. No excuses at all. I just know I do better and enjoy shorter distance races. So, why stress out thinking I “have” to run halfs or marathons. I don’t and I probably won’t.
So, my workout today went something like this:
Warm Up – .50 4.54 (9.52 min/mile)
Interval 1 – .51 4.10 (8.16 min/mile)
Interval 2 – .50 4.09 (8.20 min/mile)
Interval 3 – .50 4.20 (8.46 min/mile)
Interval 4 – .50 4.15 (8.32 min/mile)
C/D – .50 5.33 (11.07 min/mile)
What is the proper amount of time in between each interval do start the next one?
I feel great and really enjoyed this workout. ST4’s did their job. No biking today but I am digging biking a lot. Whole different workout, whole different perspective, whole different blog post.
Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, “I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.” It’s more than just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.
EDIT: I lost another toenail today. That makes two with another very loose and flapping back and forth. Just thought I would share.