Friday, April 25, 2008

Run? Done!

This is my last week of 5 days of boxing camp and I think that's good. Yesterday I was up at 4:45 for a particularly grueling workout that included lots of lunges and jumping lunges. And I wanted to do my last long run before next weekend's race. So I went out and did 11 hard miles, using every trick in the book to keep myself going. I don't know what anyone else does or thinks to keep going when they want to stop, but some of my devices include:
  • thinking of my feet as Pac Mans (you know, the video game from the 1980s) eating up the pavement
  • focusing on doing just one mile at a time
  • telling myself that I can walk or stop anytime I want to (strangely, this makes it less likely that I'll do either!)
  • thinking of Lance Armstrong and a particular story where he does like a 3 hour mountain climb on his bike in the rain, and then, because it didn't feel right, does it AGAIN!
  • thinking of ultra-runner Dean Karnazes who ran 50 marathons in 50 days
  • thinking of the ease I have with food and the ease I have in my clothes when I run
Today was boxing camp and it was especially brutal, not because of yesterday's run, but because only 2 people showed up, so the ratio of trainers to victims was 3:2. Seriously , I was drenched in sweat and very happy when it was over. And tomorrow I'm running 10 with 2 girlfriends who want to do 10 but have never run more than 8 at a time. They are in shape to do it and I think they're going to feel fabulous once it's done.

So that's it from me for now. I have two more clients today, both of whom are really fun. And the weekend will be filled with kid sleepovers (at our house, different kids, both nights!) and end of season gymnastics banquet (tonight) and maybe a trip to the dog park.

Finally, the next time I write it will be in response to and with appreciation for all comments that have been left here. Be a good one, everyone!

1 comment:

KatieFeldmom said...

I say a lot of Hail Marys to get through my (short compared to you) runs. The cadence of the prayer is similar to my running cadence, so it takes my mind off the pain and I swear, I don't get all cramped up and sore too.

Two sleepovers???? Whew!!!