Gut Check

I had an awesome run today, one of the best I have had in a while. My legs just moved, my mind and body just felt strong…I just felt…fluid. It is really funny to me how on some days you can crank out 8 miles and feel great the whole time, while other times it seems torture to eek out 3. I think today’s great run was due to a number of factors:

1. My roommate Albert and I split an entire 20″ pesto pizza last night. That’s right, we are pigs. Snort.
2. Bree Wee’s blog last night was super inspiring and fun. Maybe I was channeling that little girl I used to be who loved to just…run.
3. A fellow Timberman 70.3 entrant (who I met through a forum on Beginner Triathlete) gave me the heads up on a great podcast called Motion Traxx. Wow, it was awesome. If you haven’t tried it, you should.

Probably it was the combination of those things. Well, maybe not the pizza.

I wish I could find that place every time I run, bottle it up and let it out just before I step out the door. But really, a great run like I had today is something that you earn through toughing it out on some no-so-great runs (which in the end, are always good runs). And if your runs were always great, what would you do when you run out of gas in mile 8 of the run portion of a Half Ironman? Or mile 20 of the marathon? You might not know how to pull through. Worse, you might not have the guts to pull through.

Runs like I had today are to be savored. You have to put in quite a few runs that feel so-so to earn one of these babies. Hard runs – runs that make you dig deep to go one more mile – those are equally important and teach us more than the runs that feel effortless. We need the gut check in training so we can pull through when it comes to a race – or one of the other challenges life has to offer.

One more thing before I sign off. No more pizza. Promise. At least not half of a giant one anyway.

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