Nobody cares if you're not a good dancer. Just get up and dance. The same holds true for racing. Whether first or last, we all cross that same finish line. Just get out there and run.
- Dean Karnazes

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Endorphins... My Drug Of Choice

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Last week was full of training, Zumba and cookies and lacking in running. This is a new week and I have a goal to reach by Friday (2 more pounds). Yesterday, was full of good intentions but my tire had another idea, I blew a tire on the way to the gym to train and run. I was fortunate enough to have some very nice gentlemen at the gym change my tire for me but training was out, I was shaken up. Thankfully, I have an awesome friend in Shannon, we took the kids to paint pottery, painted a little ourselves and it really help take my mind off the stress of the day. Then yesterday evening we went and got a little Zumba in because that's how I roll.

This morning Shannon, K and I set out for a run together, we didn't have a distance plan but we did have a plan to run 4:1 intervals. Let me just state for the record that heading out in the frigid weather has to be classified under bad ass because otherwise it might be classified as DUMB. I was wearing thermal underwear, and a million layers, because like I've said before, six years in the south have made me soft. This was also my first time trying out my new garmin watch that I got for Christmas. Can I just tell you that I may not have the super snazzy one but I am loving this thing! We set out, somehow we decided to do the whole loop around on the marked course. I started to fall back somewhere between miles 3 and 4,  but where I would normally freak out, it actually turned out to be a good thing for me. I kept telling myself something Shannon had said to me yesterday about running for no one but myself. It was really good for me mentally, because I pushed through even when I wanted to just quit and walk the rest of the way. That being said, I did walk more than I would have liked, but there's no point dwelling on that because there is nothing I can do now to change that. According to the garmin, we went 5.97 miles, I finished is in 1:33:35, not my best time but I can't complain about it either.

I rode the endorphin high from the morning the rest of the day. It just felt so good to get out there and move.

2 comments:

FruitFly said...

I agree - running in the elements, whether it is heat or cold or rain - it is so bad ass!! I just laugh when people assume I didn't go running because of the rain. Really? Well if I can't run in the rain in Oregon then I can't really run. Period!

I like your drug of choice!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Girl, you re-did your blog. It looks great!

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