Thursday, February 8

A step in the right direction

"Your training partner's name is pain. You start out trying to ignore him. Can't do it. You attempt to reason with him. No way. You try to strike a bargain. Hah. You plead. You say "Please stop, please go away. I promise never ever to do this again if you just leave me alone." But he won't. Pain only climbs off if you do. Then you're beaten. "
- Scott Martin

I received an email from a friend early this morning asking if I wanted to run with him tonight. After yesterday’s miserable slugfest, I was skeptical of how things might unfold and declined the invitation, sometimes misery doesn’t love company.

As events would have it, there was a knock on my door just as I was kissing Ally goodbye. Rather then soldier on alone, I was having companionship (sporting his new Adistar Cushions)… and thankful for it.

For fear of realizing how slow I might be going, we/I decided to head for mixed terrain: the predictable and always enjoyable Beacon Hill Park, a cliff side path along the lower edge of Dallas, the beach, and even King George Terrace. I loved every minute. Unlike last night when it was wet and dark, we set out early enough to enjoy the fading light and catch the sunset across the Strait.

Although I didn’t feel quite myself today (slightly achy), the run was good. I thought my HR was +/- 5 bpm higher at the start but the average (134) doesn’t reflect my initial concern. With a little luck, a bunch of vitamin-C and some quality food perhaps I can enjoy some normalcy, as tomorrow, I’m really going to need it.

Legs felt good, no cramping; stomach mildly upset (an improvement).

Training: a relaxing 1:03:28, AHR 134. MAX 157


Christopher said...


A few of us are now running around my area for 90:00 to 1:20 late on Tuesdays, like 9:00 pm.
And MOndays rom 7:00 for 60:00

Come on out. I know it's across town, but traffic is quiet, you could be here in 12 minutes.

Michael said...

Thanks, I'll see what the schedule looks like. As for Mondays though, they are always an off day.

Pain said...

Always a pleasure.

Christopher said...


Now I thought you were a Lydiardite. ;o)

Now unless I am mistaken, Lydiard didn't know what a day off was.

He said that if you are totally beat up, tired and just don't want to run. Run anyway, for 10 minutes. If you are still too tired, turn around and go home. There you have a 20:00 run in the bank.

:o) Mondays are real easy.

Michael said...

I walk to and from work, there is 30'... real easy!

I like the idea of a day off, at least once a week. I know a coach who advocates 2 days off during an easy week!

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