I couldn’t come up with anything coherent, so I thought I would fire off a few random, useless thoughts on running.
1. You know technology has progressed, and that it has you in its clutches, when you use your GPS watch to get data on how far you walked when you mowed your yard. 1.44 miles in the back yard. I would have had a faster pace, but my yard was out of control.
2. I don’t know whether to be excited or a bit scared for Bay To Breakers in a couple of weeks. I think I will be ahead of most of the debauchery, and I am on a rather tight flight schedule to get home, but I want to see the “sights.” Might need to have an R rated recap for that one. It should be really interesting. Ryan Hall, the US Half Marathon record holder is running. So are folks like this:
3. Motivation of the day #1:
“Have you ever felt worse after a run?” – George Sheehan
I don’t think I have ever felt worse after a run. I have felt plenty bad. Beat down. Winded. Drained. Bloodied. But never worse. . .
4. Speaking of costumes. It was fun to wear a bit of a costume in the KDF Mini-marathon. I am not fast enough to look like a serious runner, so who knows, a costume just might be added to the rotation here and there for the larger races. Heck, I wore the same shirt for 4 of my first 5 half-marathons. A little variety is in order. It is fun trying to think of something new.
5. Motivation of the day #2:
“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” – George Sheehan
Works for me. I gave up beating the other runners long ago. . .But I also signed up for another marathon because the last one kicked my butt. That little voice said to try again.