The Part of Training I Love the Most
I’ve reached that point in marathon training where it hurts. My quads are sore, my butt needs to be rolled out and when I think about squatting I want to cry because I’ve already put my legs through so much. This is the part of marathon training that I LOVE the most.
I know a lot of runners live for race day, but I actually dislike a lot of things about races. I dislike getting up early, I don’t really like the pressure of racing and I prefer running alone to running with lots of other people. I sign up for races because I am goal oriented … and I do like collecting a medal at the end ;).
I consider races to be an integral part of my training cycles, but THIS right here is the part of running that I love the most. I like feeling challenged, I like knowing I’m making improvements and I just generally like that exhausted and accomplished feeling I get from a high mileage week.
The joy is definitely in the journey for me.
Last night I did yet another run on the treadmill. You would think I have money invested in treadmills at the rate I have been using them lately! Really, it’s just that the weather is at an agonizing high. When I got home from work, I changed into my running clothes and then saw this:
Mmmkay, that’s just a little bit warm for 7:30pm! I didn’t have the willpower to force myself to run in that so I hit up the ‘mill.
It’s been a long time since I’ve got running at the beach though, and it is my number one goal this week to get out for a beach run at least one time! It HAS to happen!
So, this wouldn’t be my blog if I didn’t bring up the sad news story about Cecil the Lion.
I’ve blogged before about my support for big cat conservation efforts, and this story hits close to home for me because … well, I have a cat named Cecil.
Cecil the Lion was a beloved inhabitant of Zimbabwe’s National Park and was tagged and observed as part of an on-going research project on Hwange lions by the University of Oxford.
The lions at the national park are not supposed to be hunted, but it is believed that Cecil was lured out of the national park with bait. He was shot with a bow and arrow. According to the Telegraph “the next day he was found wounded by the hunters and killed, before being beheaded and skinned.”
Trophy Hunting Auctions That Benefit Conservation Groups?
The man who killed Cecil, a dentist from Minnesota, had paperwork making it legal for him to hunt lions, and he claims to not have known that this particular lion was lured from the park. The dentist paid £35,000 or $54,600 to hunt a lion in Zimbabwe.
In the past this dentist has also paid $45,000 for the right to shoot an elk and he has also won an auction where he was able to shoot an endangered Desert Bighorn Sheep. Both of these large sums of money went towards conservation efforts, so I guess that’s good?
The dentist has also hunted and killed polar bears, bison, grizzly bears and cougars.
I understand that hunting is a perfectly normal thing to do, and there are plenty of scenarios in which hunting is not bad. I even understand that there is particular skill in hunting with a bow and arrow.
I just don’t understand paying huge sums of money for trophy hunting. In a way I am glad that a lot of the money this man has donated as gone towards conservation efforts. I had no idea that such efforts existed and I did a little research on the (controversial) auctions last night. If you’re interested I would read this article in Conservation Magazine. It cites several scientific studies and explains these trophy hunting auctions in a very neutral manner.
The article does end with an opinion from the author that I thought was appropriate:
“The sale of the right to kill an animal for a trophy surely reflects the value that animal lives hold in at least some corners of our society; that killing an animal for fun isn’t wrong, as long as you can afford it. It is right to worry about the sort of message that sends.”
I am sorry to end this post on a bit of a sad note today, especially since I think I started off really positively. Thanks for listening!
How is your training going this week?