I had Bob Seger along with me on my lunch time run today. No, really! OK, so maybe not physically, but his song was definitely playing loudly in my head as I ran. Because I run in the vicinity of a large lake, I typically hit wind at some point during any given run. However today was one of those runs where it felt like I was running against the wind no matter which direction I turned!
Don’t know Bob Seger? C’mon, I’m not THAT old….but here you go, just in case:
I headed out and felt strong, but also felt the wind pushing me back and decided I wouldn’t waste physical or emotional energy on fighting it. I have a 20 mile training run scheduled this weekend, so I didn’t feel the need to push too hard. I enjoyed the sunshine and celebrated the fact that I was lucky enough to have the time to get out on a busy Friday work day.
Glancing at my Garmin, I got a little jolt….8:35? Wow, I felt like I was a full minute slower! No complaints, I’ll take it. I continued onward and still felt strong. I continued to see 8:30’s and thought, “Wow, where is that coming from?” The wind continued to threaten my forward motion, but I felt strong despite the wind. Usually, I start to drag a bit during my last mile – regardless of the distance. Not today!! I glanced at my watch somewhere in the midst of mile 3 and saw 8:18 (DOH!) and, now that I was becoming completely focused on speed, looked again and again…. 8:05….
Holy thanks-for-lending-me-your-fast-legs-Kara-Goucher J Not truly a Kara pace, but I’ll take an 8:22 Lisa pace!
My run today was not intended to be about speed, but then again, I usually don’t specify the exact type of run I plan on doing. Maybe that’s bad training, but this “low pressure” approach seems to work for me. That’s not to say that I never plan speed work or hill work, but for the most part, I run how I feel. Today, I channeled my inner Kara Goucher to the beat of Bob Seger and it felt good. Damn good.
Do you listen to music while you run? If so, what kind?