Truth will get across the finish line. – Trey Bailey
A simple email with the subject line of “How’s training?” from my coach prompted a small moral dilemma. I haven’t really been plugging away any miles or cross-training activity. Do I lie to him and get sacked in the gut with an insane training plan? Or do I just own up to my crappy training attempts, or lack there of? Settling on a truthful response, I received a “Truth will get across the finish line,” and a “enjoy your free time” which I have a feeling was accompanied by some maniacal laughter that didn’t get translated into the email.
With that fire under my ass, the roommates and I ended up doing a double day. It was my first day of double runs – one afternoon run of 3.5 miles with some hill work and a pretty spooky and spectacular midnight run down to a waterfront park. It all sucked because I took so many months off since my last running stint. My brain loved it because it was getting juiced off of endorphins, but lungs and heart were fighting so hard. I guess if you don’t feel like death warmed over, you’re not going hard enough. Also, there were a lot of T-rex style running, snot rockets, and quacking ducks.
Recent good running-related reads:
The Summit Seeker by Vanessa Runs (Kindle version)
The Joy of the Non-Race by Yitka Winn (Trail Runner magazine editor)
Uphill Both Ways, Preferably
4 Ways Serious Competitors Think Differently by Jeff Cain (OnMyWaytoSparta.com)
Fatty by Trisha Reeves (Barefoot Monologues)
Shame and Camel Toe by Krista Cavender (Running Naked on Sharp Pointy Stuff)