Sunday, February 14, 2010

Character Building

Remember my post about a month ago about the most fabulous run I had that day?  How my body and mind just felt so fluid and strong? 

Yeah, today wasn't one of those days.  Today's 12 miler was tough.

Maybe it was the lack of proper fueling the night before (I ate taco soup and about 20 Oreos).  It could have been that I ran hard the day before (6 miles in 51 minutes - for me, that is flying).  Or that I was a bit distracted by a full on flame-out-the-flue chimney fire and a house full of company (fire burned out, all is well).  I guess I could use any one of those excuses.

Really, I think it was just one of those days.

I like to call runs like I had today character building runs. You never really find that groove, your legs just don't feel quite right, your stride is off, you are running way slower than you planned, and all you want is to get through the run.

I am sure any non-runner reading this will probably be convinced that I am a masochist when they hear me say that this is a good thing.  As runners and triathletes, we need runs like I had today to remind us that running doesn't always feel awesome and effortless. 

I believe you have to struggle a little to make gains.  When things get tough, you have to search somewhere inside yourself to go that one more mile, to pick up your pace a little more, to stretch that stride out.  That struggle teaches you something that prepares you for whatever race day (and life) has to throw your way.

Do I call this run a bad run? No way.  It was a good run.  I ran 12 miles before 9am, getting more done before the average US citizen has put down their second cup of coffee.  I like those bragging rights.


Tri Sam said...

Hey...good work. I had a decent run today. My calves held in there, but still reluctant warriors, not wanting to give me the go-ahead to push the pace. But still...7.11 miles averaging 7:47 (I'll take it).
But that's not the workout I wanted to tell you about. Yesterday...busy from dawn to dusk. Running kids here and there. Finally, 7:15 pm, I drag my butt down to the basement to attempt my 1:30 ride. I'm already tired as heck. I can't find a good movie to put in, so I settle for Arnold in "The Sixth Day". It's a decent enough movie, mildly entertaining, but not perspirational enough to keep me hangin' on. At 1:00 I compromise with myself and I do everything I can to hang on for 1:15. ...But wait, there's more! I lifted legs in the morning before taking our oldest boy to watch his friends and neighbors play hockey, but I didn't get to arms. So, I force myself to lift and do crunches. I felt stale throughout the workout, but I manage to finish it out.
Character building happens.
Keep it on.

Lisa T said...

Yep, I was definitely still sipping the coffee while you were running!

Caratunk Girl said...

Sam, great story. Love it! Way to push through. I would love to have a pace like that BTW!

Lisa, hey I have days when I am just crawling out of bed when some folks are done with their runs! :)


Jon said...

Just remember this run come Timberman. You have been here before, and you KNOW you can do it again. You just have to convince the legs :)

Caratunk Girl said...

Thanks Jon, this one is definitely in the ole bank for Timberman! Go legs, GO!

Jon said...

Re: trainer tire. Its continental's Ultra Sport Hometrainer tire. For some reason I can't post a link here. I have a link to it on my post.

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