Run now or you'll regret it.
The words that finally got me out of bed.
No rain. No wind to speak of. But I really really didn’t want to get up yesterday morning. When I heard the girl’s alarm go off, I started thinking about when I could run later in the afternoon.
Lets see. I’m going on a field trip with Mookie. I can run after the field trip.
Wait, no. Can’t count on that because we might get back right at the end of the day.
I can run before Bell Choir.
No again. I have Bobob until my BF gets done with work.
Run after Bell Choir?
Yeah, you know you won’t run before bed.
Get up. Run now or you’ll regret it.
It was 6:30 before I was actually out the door. Cutting things really close so I decided to head to the track and do some speed work.
¾ mile to the track. 6 sprints on the straightway with the curves as recovery. I think that’s 6x100? I didn’t do track in high school, like my sister. Just one year in 7th grade because practice interfered with church choir practice.
My sprints were right around a 7:00 pace. Maybe next time I’ll do some more controlled 400’s. Something closer to what might be a better 5k pace than my current 3 miler slog. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself because while my head remembers that I can run, my body will be quick to tell me I’ve not been running for a few years if I try to set over-ambitious time goals. Still, it would be nice to run the 5k in December at something close to 35:00.
I smile when I read the bloops about goals of sub 25:00 5k’s and paces that I have never seen. (My 5k PR is 27:xx) Running is an awesome sport. We are all competing with ourselves. Sure we race other people, but in the end, we are working at the consistent self-discipline necessary to become better, stronger and faster than we were. Ultimately, that self discipline transfers into the stuff of daily life. This is good for me.
I contemplated two more sprints but decided I had worked hard enough and it might be wiser to head home. No sense in doing too much too soon and getting sidelined before I’ve begun.
The field trip with Mookie went well. Outside learning about salmon life cycles and it didn’t rain till our drive home. Thankful for the ability be flexible with my work schedule so I can go on these things from time to time.
P.S. Not entirely sure what category my bloops belong in. I am training for a 5k in December soooo... But most of my bloops feel like they are ramblings loosely gathered post-run. Happy running all.