So what’s going on with the running?

Posted: 12/23/2012 in Uncategorized
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So last night, before bed, I leaned over and whispered into my dog’s ear “Tomorrow is Sunday. And we can sleep late on Sunday. So there’s no need for you to wake me up at 7:30. You can sleep late too.” See how I did that? Pointed out the positive for him in this. I talk to my dog like he’s human.

Every weekend where I get to sleep in, there are two big brown eyes perched on my side of the bed with a wagging tail and the repeated nudging of a wet nose into my elbow saying ‘hey…hey thumblady…I gotta pee. Can you open a door for me?‘. This was something Ginger used to do, but Jack has taken up the habit since she’s been gone. He does this at 7:30. Which isn’t really that bad since Ginger thought 6:30 was wake-up time. I’m up at 4:35 for bootcamp (okay, 4:46 post-snooze) and 6:10 on any other weekday. 7:30 is actually pretty late under that circumstance. Except that it’s Sunday no-alarm-day. I have fantasies on Sunday no-alarm day where I get to sleep straight through until 10am. Fantasies, I tell ya! Just about the time I consider being a big meanie-stupidhead and telling him to go back to bed – he puts both front paws up on my arm in this post we call ‘Buddha’ (I taught him that!) . Insufferably cute. And then I am awake. The day begins.

I read somewhere once that the first four minutes of your waking mostly determine your mindset for the remainder of the day.

This morning – he woke me up at 7:47. My little speech worked! kinda. Cut the dog some slack – English is his second language.

I guess there are worse ways to wake up than to a fuzzy thing doing the ‘Buddha’ for you.

It’s my busy season, so I haven’t been able to post much. Busy season lasts from October-to-end of February and it gets in the way of a lot of things. Sanity, particularly.

Which is part of the reason why I’m way off plan on my running schedule. I’ve been keeping up with bootcamp three mornings a week, though it’s still not challenging me as much as it used to. But I’ve only been getting in two runs a week when I’m scheduled for three. And I haven’t gone over six miles since Thanksgiving.

But, but, but, but…

I’m running happy.

Honestly, I feel awesome about it. That’s good too, right? Somewhere in the middle of finally figuring out some pace control and getting rid of the intervals, I’ve found a happy place.

After the running group ends in November, there’s a few little sub-packs that keep meeting to stay motivated for the 6 weeks between one running group session ending and the next beginning.  They also fill in the 3rd & 4th runs in the training plans where the official running group leaves off at two. (It’s designed to run 2 group runs & 1-2 on your own runs.) I’ve been invited to join this subgroup for over a year now and have never gone b/c frankly, they’re faster than I am by A LOT and I didn’t want to get left behind. Bawk! Bawk! Bawk!

This time – feeling much stronger than I have in the past – I decided to go.

I have had SO MUCH FUN!

First off, I found a running buddy that’s majorly good company.  She’s struggling with a few of the demons that I seem to have conquered this past Summer with letting go of intervalling, picking up the speed, and essentially – not quitting on herself. So I get where she’s at – and she’s a bit slower than I am. But I really don’t care. We ran the first time together as the only two slower runners out of the pack, buddying-up for safety on an after-dark run. I decided to let the slower pace help me focus on clean inclines and good form. Not to mention, I can talk while I run at that pace. And so can she. Which opens up opportunities to be encouraging. Since I spend a lot of time focused on my own run goals, I run in a group – but not really with a group – I don’t usually talk to people during the run. It throws my breathing off. But for this round, I decided I can work on speed on my own time – and when I am feeling like I need to pick it up – she doesn’t take it personally. Changing up my habits a bit, I made a new running friend. Yay me! Yay her too – I’m pretty awesome. 🙂

Also, when January rolls around & the marathon group fires up, I’ll have a few familiar faces there. Most of this sub-pack is marathon people. They’ve gotten to see my face in a smaller group setting & I theirs. So now they know I drink beer after a run & we are all instant friends. We’ve done some pub runs togethers. In fact, one of those runners organizes a pub run – outside of any other official organizing group – to raise money for Girls on the Run. No registering or fees, no chip timing – just show up and go. She does a voluntary ‘Split the Pot’ raffle & makes the run into a scavenger hunt as well – with clues at each of the 4 bars. Distance was 4.5 miles with 4 stops. I think there were about 40 people there & she raised $200. HOW COOL IS THAT?!!! People, anyone can make a difference if they want to.

Marathon training fires up January 5th – and I’m thinking that’s still where I’m going to start to prep for Run the Bluegrass – and then I’ll decide if I want to run the Flying Pig Marathon or Half-Marathon after that’s over, when I know how recovery is going. The trick will be integrating the long runs into the weekends that I have Yoga Teacher Training – as that is going to chew up significant time also. May end up doing a lot of the long runs alone. Challenging.

But seriously, what’s a few challenges to a runner? We bust that shit up all the time.

Comments
  1. Steena says:

    hehehe, My dog did that as a puppy. He’s lazy now, and I’m the one waking him up now!
    Running happy? BEST possible way to run! That’s great! Keep THAT up!
    I vote Flying Pig! I don’t know why… maybe it’s because it’s one I want to do one day.
    Happy training!

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