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What Kind of Race Is It?

In Fitness Bliss, Mental Bliss on October 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I woke up at 4:30 in the morning on Sunday  to do the Adidas King of the Road race. I was not particularly enthused because I was not prepared—to be honest, I have not been prepared for ANY road race I have done for the last few years! However, I really wanted to follow through and earn a decadent lunch with friends, so I grudgingly got ready. I had also just turned 34 a few days ago, and for some reason it always seems appropriate to do a road race around my birthday. My main fears were coming in dead-last or my muscles—which have been tight from my new strength-training regime–making the run a miserable ordeal. In a move out-of-the-ordinary, I decided not to bring any hydration and rely on the provisions of the course—I realize I am probably making some people cringe with this statement! I was just in a lackadaisical state of mind!

As I sat quietly in the runners’ tent at dawn, I decided that I had to reframe my thoughts to make the next few hours bearable. I fired up my inner-dialog—and asked why. Why was I running this race? Yes Yes—yummy decadent lunch BUT what else could I get out of this experience?  Was it going to be another run where I lamented my lack of training and the fact that changes in my life have not let me focus on running as much as I have in the past? Would I bemoan my slower pace and curse myself when my legs did not do what I wanted them to do? I continued along this train of thought as I strolled to the starting corral. As the announcers attempted to fire up the reserved crowd—it dawned on me—this is my first Singaporean road-race.  I was going to go into this race with the mind of a journalist, philosopher and sightseer. I was going to do what my body told me to do, and see what happened.
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I Found a Rave Run…I Think

In Fitness Bliss on May 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Anyone who has picked up an issue of “Runner’s World” has seen the Rave Run spreads. Typically, they are inspiring…and a little sickening. You’ll see some athletic person (who most likely runs no slower than a 7 minute mile) bounding through gorgeous cobblestone streets in Rome, evergreen bordered trails in Colorado, or coastal paths in California. Despite my sometimes envious eye-rolling at these panoramas, I have to admit– there is something inexplicable about running amidst beauty. John “The Penguin” Bingham wrote an essay once about how mundane runs are the dues runners pay for the beautiful ones that come along every once in a while.

OK, so let’s bring it down to not-running-anything-near-a-7-minute-mile me! I have been paying my fair share of dues on a treadmill 2x/week in a Rochester hotel. To avoid hurting any feelings or sticking my HUGE Brooks sneaker in my mouth, I will just say I have been spending a lot of time in a very industrial part of Rochester. Basically, nothing around me in this vicinity has inspired an outdoor run from a scenic or safety perspective. This has been my excuse to retreat to the treadmill— I have been doing my runs in the little hotel gym while watching sitcoms. While it’s not terrible, it is hardly inspiring! The closest thing to runners high I have experienced is thinking “Winning” while watching “Two and a Half Men”. Treadmill running to outdoor running is what a frozen dinner is to a home-cooked meal—a functional substitute…at least mentally.

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