THREE THINGS TUESDAY… Go!
1. Pretty Happy on Last Night’s Run.
I’m not a very emotional person at all, but sometimes when I’m running I get all teary eyed and ridiculous just because I’m so happy for the experience.
A few years ago I wouldn’t have wanted to walk 4 miles on a Monday night, let alone run four of them. If I did have to walk that far, I would have been too miserable to take in the beautiful sunset and cool breeze. I would have just been tired from walking and grumpy because I was sweating. I’m so grateful that’s not me anymore!
I still super appreciate the air conditioning, but now I can survive when I’m sweating … for a little bit.
2. I’m terrible at pacing myself.
This is an area where I am VERY clearly still a new runner (even after 2 years). My coach gives me certain paces or pace ranges to aim for on every run, and I usually get somewhere in the right area … but a couple miles are bound to be 15 – 30 seconds or more off the mark.
Usually the miles I run over the bridge I go too fast because I’m sooo worried that I’m trudging up it too slow. I need to really work on that! And maybe just look at my Garmin more frequently.
3. The Ol’ Foot Is Holding Up
As I mentioned last week I have a pinched nerve in my left foot. It feels really uncomfortable when I wake up in the morning, and sitting around at work can be pretty uncomfortable too.
Oddly enough, when I get out running it feels the best. The doctor said that’s pretty atypical but not unheard of. When I get home from the run? Well, icing feels really good.
3B. One More Thing
Over the weekend I started reading Sage Canaday’s book, Running for the Hansons: An Insider’s Account of The Brooks-Sponsored Marathon Training Group Made Famous by Olympian Brian Sell.
Sage is currently an elite ultrarunner, but previously he attended the Hanson’s camp with the goal of qualifying for the Olympics at the marathon distance. So far it’s an interesting look at what life is like attending such a camp. (I hope he writes another book in the future about winning ultras!)
Sage is now a 2-time olympics qualifier and in 2007 he was the youngest person to participate in the marathon trials at only 21 years old. These days he’s focused on tearing up the trails at ultramarathons. That’s pretty awesome.
Do you have a favorite running book?
– I think everyone knows my favorite is “Eat and Run.”
Do you check your Garmin a lot during a run to make sure you’re on pace, or are you able to go by feel?