My goodness but the news is gloomy. Aren’t you glad you have running and cycling and swimming to keep your mood in check? I am.
This weekend I needed to run 12 miles in preparation for the Nike Half Marathon on Oct 18 – the one I have not trained for 1 bit. As you may recall I ran almost 9 miles last Wednesday and could barely walk on Thursday. I was doubtful about being able to force myself to run 12 solo so I went to the Nike group run and lined up with the 10:30 pace group.
I had my earbuds for my iPod in my ears but didn’t even turn it on for 6 or 7 miles. That’s what running in large group does. It makes the miles tick by and the experience remarkably pleasurable. The only reason I turned it on for the last part is because by then our tight knit group had sort of spread out and it was sort of a loose collection of people all running on the same path in the same direction and my legs were getting tired. The last 3 miles were a bit of a challenge but in an effort to bring it to an end I picked up the pace and brought it home.
Perhaps one of the best parts of running with the Nike group is that the Jamba Juice people were there at the finish, doling out cups of Jamba Juice. And there was Bare Naked granola and some baked potato chips and other tired, sweaty runners, all of us happy for having gone the distance.
I feel okay today – not bad at all. Tomorrow I swim with masters and then run about 9 with some friends. If you don’t hear from me for a while after that you’ll know its because ramping up my running volume so fast has made my legs fall off.