Thursday, August 14, 2008

Oh Yeah - We Run Around Here

Gee, if you didn't know any better you'd think I was a swimmer judging from my past posts. Alas, I am not (aside from that one year in high school when I did the breaststroke on the swim team... it was not my forté).

Since Michael Phelps only swam a semi-final and I have little to jump around the room for him about today, let's get back to running.

I usually participate in the Runner's Lounge Take It and Run Thursday, but I'm going to skip over that this week. I'm feeling a bit distracted today and can't get myself in the mood to write for that.

Instead, let me share this article with you that I read last night in Runner's World. Ryan Hall is running in the men's marathon at the Olympics on August 24. He currently holds the record for the fastest American half-marathon (under an hour, dang!) and ran a faster debut marathon than anyone else. He's favored for silver... but we all know he's going to run his heart out for Gold. I hope he and Michael have been exchanging motivation techniques. I loved how this article revealed a lot more about Ryan to us aside from his athletic abilities. He's another one of those athletes that I think we can learn a lot from and that makes for a good role model.

Yesterday I went for an easy run at the gym, and I witnessed something that made me laugh and reminded me how many runners are so set in doing things a certain way. I watched a man come in that I have talked to before because he runs a lot of the same local races I run. He went to the front row of treadmills where there are 5 in a row. Four of them appeared to be on and no one was using them, but he got on the one with the blank screen. He tapped and pushed and nothing happened. Instead of getting on one of the other 4, he got down on his hands and knees in the floor to look under it and mess around with the cords. Next thing I knew, he had it on and he was running on it. I won't lie... I also have favorite treadmills. In the summer, it's one that gets an exceptional draft from the air conditioner and is away from the heat of the windows. In the winter, it's the one near the window where it stays cooler. Sometimes, it's whichever one is open near a hot guy. :) But I have never figured out why one wasn't working to use it.

I've opted to only set one goal for the 5K I'm running tomorrow night: run it in 30 minutes or less. I'm definitely still getting back into the groove, so I know I won't be smashing any records. I've done 5K's in like 23 minutes before, but that was when I trained for that distance. My body is used to running longer and more slowly. It should still be fun. I'll let you know.

Enjoy watching Michael go for Gold #6 tonight!


Jackie said...

good luck tomorrow!

Eric said...

The Ryan Hall article is really good.
I enjoy it. It is inspiring.
good luck tomorrow