Tuesday, April 29, 2008

4 Run 3, Week 4 (CT5K): Getting Better.....


Boy, was I looking forward to tonight's run. Never mind that it was chillier than it's been over the past few days -- 57 degrees plus (or should I say minus! ;-) ) wind factor, which felt like more like 45! -- I didn't care about that & bounded outside onto the open trails, eager to get my bod moving again.

Met my friend & we began our run at around 6:30 pm. It was a decent run. Felt especially good after the first few minutes of running. The body was warm, revved up & ready to go! [On those chillier days, I'm certainly thankfully for the body acting as it's own natural heating system. ;-)]

I wanted to run a lot faster, & knew I had it in me, but respectfully contained myself, as I promised I'd run at my friend's pace. I know that I really need to start running on the weekends, as I need to let those "wild horses" in my feet run free. ;-) Those of you regular runners know what I'm talking about. It's not just a need for speed, but it's a need to run unbridled & unencumbered by any other factors that keep us from running exactly like we were meant to do. I just need to break lose & go for it every now & then. It's part of why I run. It's the sheer freedom of being able to burst forth in a whirlwind of energy, when the urge strikes. It's not to say that I don't like running with my friend, because I certainly do, but I'm also glad to have those moments of running alone & in different environments than that trusty old lake.

Running at the lake is certainly easiest right now -- it not only saves on gas (which is at an unprecedented high in terms of price per gallon!), but frankly, it's also the path of least resistance. That second factor's important only because it gets me running. ;-)

My friend & I chatted a lot about facing challenges today. We discussed how important it was to focus on what we were doing right, in spite of us both being very stressed out right now, & in response, gravitating to those less-than-perfect "comfort foods." We also talked about how it was important to just let go of wanting to be perfect &/or trying to achieve everything at once, & instead focus on a few manageable goals. Juggling too many balls in the air at once usually means that the balls fly everywhere. ;-) Add extreme stress to the mix, & the number of balls that can be simultaneously juggled drops significantly.

So, it's back to baby steps for both of us.


cymrusteve said...

Great to see you back in the thick of things. Baby steps are a great idea at the moment and having a running buddy facing similar challenges can only be a good thing.

Keep up the good work!


cyberpenguin said...

Thanks, Steve. Nice to hear from you! You always seem to know just the right thing to say! ;-)

BTW, good luck with the Frederick Marathon!

cymrusteve said...

You're welcome. The old cliche springs to mind - "just take things one step at a time".

Thanks for the well-wishes. As usual I'm looking forward to Frederick and hoping for a good run. Doubt it will be a PR, but you never know what can happen in the last 6.2 miles :)

Have a great weekend yourself,


cyberpenguin said...

Well said. Regarding your comments about the marathon, that's what keeps racing exciting, eh?! There's always the element of surprise, & sometimes you surprise yourself with what you can do! ;-)

Thanks! It should be a fun weekend -- hopefully for both of us! ;-)

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