Three more runs down. They didn’t quite happen on the correct days, or in the correct order, but they are done.
Wednesday: 4 Miles – Treadmill Interval Training (Originally Tuesday)
Thursday: 6 Miles – Outdoor Long Distance Pace
Friday: 2 Miles – Outdoor 5k Race Pace (Originally Wednesday)
Exhaustion and working late keep disrupting my plans. In fact, as I am writing this I am nodding off. Why are there only 24 hours in the day? To be fair, everyone has 24 hours in a day. It is how you allot that time that determines your success at anything. Of course, my body right now is playing the veto card on my choices.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, during his speech to the graduates of the University of Southern California in 2009, addressed the issue of sleep.
“I’ve always figured out that there 24 hours a day. You sleep six hours and have 18 hours left. Now, I know there are some of you out there that say well, wait a minute, I sleep eight hours or nine hours. Well, then, just sleep faster, I would recommend.
Because you only need to sleep six hours and then you have 18 hours left, and there are a lot of things you can accomplish.”
Click here for the entire speech and transcript.
I am surprised to hear the Terminator needed to sleep at all! All joking aside, the rules are so simple. Why are they so hard to follow?
While on the night road I met only one evening runner. The encounter occurred as I entered a dead end around the third mile. He stopped his run, and stared as I approached. For some reason he seemed fixated on me. I don’t think he even blinked. I noticed his drool formed a pool on the pavement beneath his small, dirty feet. I closed the distance to the end of the street. He waited. A few steps closer my eyes adjusted and focused while his beady eyes reflected back the streetlight. Then he bolted in a nearby bush.
This evening prowler was an opossum, a dirty, dirty opossum. Its face was ghost white, its body a light grey. They are some creepy animals. They look like rats on steroids. I would say I would not want to meet one in a dark alley, but I pretty much did.
I started the six mile run tired. I ended tired. The pace was terrible. During the run I felt terrible. The wind was terrible. I shall dub this run “terrible.” But I got out there and finished it. It needed to be done. Sometimes training isn’t fun. Sometimes it isn’t pretty. Sometimes it just needs to be done.
With the run done and behind me, I felt great. No matter how bad the run, I find it cleans out my stress and worries. They may come back later, but for a few glorious seconds, my mind is free of all things save the sound of my pounding heart, and the deep breathing of my lungs.
My two mile runs are really meant to keep a close eye on my pace and beat out my previous 5k race pace. Of course I should have checked before I left. I figured it was somewhere south of 10’00” and that is what I kept an eye on. The two-miler ended up at 9’46”. Sadly the 5k was less than that, 9’36”. Next time I will aim for 9’30”. This run was a nice finisher to three days of running. It was lite, just hard enough, and timely. Being on a Friday, it was a nice way to end out the work week and clear the mind. Typically I listen to music on short runs, this was no different. I asked for music suggestions on a previous post and Queen and the Police were nominated. I like to mix things up so for this run I ran with the Sucker Punch the Soundtrack. More importantly I ran to track number 4, a mash up of “I want it all” and “We will rock up.” It is composed by Armageddon aka Geddy. I don’t know much about him, but I do know it is a fantastic mash up of two great Queen songs.
Looking over my marathon training schedule, I realized there is a crucial flaw. A vital problem, it seems. I am training for a non-existent marathon! I have not signed up for one, nor even found a possible one. I need help. I need to find a marathon for the September 22nd or the 23rd. I want my first one to be a good experience. It doesn’t have to be a giant event, just a good one. I need to start looking. Any suggestions?
All and all, it was not an eventful week of runs. Tomorrow is a ten-miler around my neighborhood. It will be good to get above ten miles again. The time commitment is going to increase, of course. The longer the run, the more time it will take. Solution? Speed up! Time to do some speed work.
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Does anyone have any suggestions for a marathon on September 22nd or 23rd?