Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Feeling the running rhythm and hanging with the cool kids

I got out for an early morning run today. 8km (5mi) at a nice steady pace. Lately I've been having a harder time getting into my runs. I still like them. I still get out the door to do them. I just haven't been getting into the rhythm. I rarely run with music, because I like to hear my footsteps, and be fully aware of my surroundings. I've been reconsidering it though, because sometimes I feel like I could use the distraction.

Today was different. Today I got out there, did my usual short walk to warm up, and then started running. I generally make a point of running easy for the first kilometer. Once I was through that, I just ran. It was one of those perfect runs. I didn't set any records or anything, but I felt great. Easy, but not too easy. None of those mind games I have to play with myself to keep me running.

It was over too quickly. In fact, if it wasn't for the fact that I need to be back by 6:15 (so my husband can go to work), I probably would have thrown an extra kilometer in there just for fun. If only I hadn't dallied so much after my alarm went off, I could have...

On another note, I had a good swim Monday evening. I chatted a bit with a couple of the triathletes (ironmen, to be specific) in the pool. Sometimes, I feel like they're the cool kids at school, but they let me swim in their lane with them and even give me the occasional tip - be it swimming technique or advice on local races.

In reality, I recognize that they are simply a few years ahead of me in this sport. I enjoy talking to them and hearing about their experiences because I know I can learn a lot from them. I wonder if they'll ever realize how much of an inspiration they are to me?


  1. I recently just had the same thought...they are simply a few years ahead of us! We'll get there :-)

  2. I love runs like that!! Totally make up for all the crappy ones.

    You are an inspiration to others just like the ironmen are an inspiration to you... do you know that??

  3. I find that I get really bored with no music. I used to run 'naked' all the time but haven't done that on purpose for probably over a year now.

  4. I've never run with music. I find the music distracting.

    Don't sweat not being in the groove. It happens. In fact you'll rarely be in the groove for all three sports. If you are it probably means you're coasting.

    Glad to hear the swimming is going well. Which pool do you usually swim in?

  5. I don't listen to music either as I'm always running with a friend or with the dog. When I have Oscar I like to be alert in case we get chased down by one of the million random off leash pets where they shouldn't be ;)