There are good days, bad days & really really really EPIC days.
26.01.2011 - 26.01.2011 30 °F
In the world of running there are good days and bad days...but you keep running.
"The day has been OK so far. You missed your 6am swim, and opted to "sleep-in". By 9am you have finished an hour and a half of full body lift circuits at the gym, had breakfast and grocery shopped for the OWLs debate / parents night. Most of your friends are still sleeping. But still, you feel anything but productive. There has been a general 'blah' looming around the past couple days. No explanation, other than perhaps 'the season' or at least that's what the general public seems to blame their 'blah' feelings on this time of year. In any case....you habitually put on the run tights, bright jacket and ear-warmers. Your Ipod is on place, fully charged....and ready to pound some Ke$ha into your ear drums. Heart rate monitor has been dusted off and you note that your heart rate surprising low.
Then you set out, 30 degrees and still. It's a beautiful beautiful afternoon.
You have no expectations of the run, and figure you'll just go until you don't want to go anymore at a speed that you feel like going - blah.
At the two mile mark you turn right. RIGHT! Which leads to the gorge 3.5 mile hill, as your climb and climb you notice that your pace is what it should be on flat terrain. You're flying. Effortlessly (almost). Massive ice formations glow a majestic blue and line the road, as snow flakes just barely fall from the sky.
Top of the gorge. Another right.
You spend the next 4 miles thinking about how not to many seasons ago this 12 mile loop used to be enough for your days workout....on the bike. And now for training session #2 of the day you are running it. Your feet feel lighter with this solid evidence of progress, forward motion and self-imposed challenge. Faster. Your watch tells you that you are lined up to run this hilly 12 mile loop significantly faster than the flat 12.4 you did the other day. Faster still. Miles 10-12 your body is numb, but not with pain, you're in a new 'zone' - one that you haven't ever felt before while running. 6:30 paced miles bring you back to your start point, where you stop, breathe and laugh/cough outloud with frosted lungs. 15 minutes faster than your run the other day. Content. Understatement.
You sit quietly in salmon burger heaven after a long stretch, and think. You think about how it's runs like that that reaffirm the passion, the goals and the reason you are doing what you are doing. It's runs like that where everything you do and everything you are make sense and feel right. The mediocore morning and the 'blah' are suddenly insignificant and a distant memory."
Here's to Peace, practice and potential,