Pardon me, but would ya mind if I fired me cannon through your porthole?
I know I treat running as if it was a complicated scientific experiment ~ but really it is simple. One foot in front of the other faster and faster. So easy and so simple.
I have been doing speed workouts and fartleks during my daily runs. And it is all working and making me faster.
But, I don’t want my running to be complicated. I want it to be joyful and enjoyable and fun. I want to end each and every run with a big grin on my face. I don’t want to hurt myself doing what I love, because then I won’t love it anymore and I can’t have that.
After reading a post by my friend Cris it really got me thinking. It got me thinking how much I DO NOT want to run a marathon. At least not right now. I don’t want to burn out during training. I don’t want to come to hate each and every run. To me, that is not what my running is about.
Sure, I want to run faster and I will. Sure, I will run races but not marathons. Shorter distances for me are much more doable and much more enjoyable. Not wanting to run a marathon doesn’t make me less of a runner. I’ve had some pretty darn good runs lately.
Sunday 5 miles 49.32 Felt amazing and could have run more but decided to stop at 5. Today ran 6 miler in 1.02.39. Another run that felt easy. Perhaps the speed workouts I’ve been doing are actually working?? Why have I never done speed workouts before? Plus, I am feeling healthy, no injuries to speak of. So why play with what is working for me? Why screw up a good thing?
Here is a bit of a write up about my 55 mile bike ride called NY Century!
You know when your wearing a hat all day long ~ then you take the hat off but you still kinda feel like your wearing a hat? Well I feel like my helmet is still on my head, only its not.
What a ride. This was the most I have ever ridden. EVAH! The reason it says 52.87 is because my garmin decided to run out of battery. And it was fully charged when I started the ride. NOT COOL GARMIN!
Some funny stuff:
We rode by Nathans in Coney Island and I saw many of the cyclists eating there and on line to buy hotdogs. So, I stop and ask is this a rest stop ~ and they all scream out “this is our informal hotdog reststop”. Now, I live about 10 minutes from Nathans so why I stopped there is anyones guess. Why I then bought and ate Nathans french fries at 10am in the morning is also anyones guess. They were really good though! :O)
Then we rode right past my apartment building at about mile 25 I think.
We rode through many many “hoods” that I would never ride to by myself, which was actually pretty cool. Then some not so nice “hoods”. Lots of turning and hills and ups and downs.
The Triboro Bridge was really bad. I guess if I had looked at the sheet they had given us at the start I would have seen this:
“Onto Triboro Bridge Ped/Bike Path Dismount and Walk Bike Caution – Many sets of stairs. So I dismounted – many times.
All in all it was a fun day. My quads – legs – shins all fine.
I think I may do this next http://www.nycc.org/eny/ Sounds like a nice route.
It was a lot of fun ~ this cycling.
“Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly” – Sir Francis de Sales