Tuesday, February 19

Rejuvenation

The primary reason to have a coach is to have somebody who can look at you and say, "Man you're looking good today." - Jack Daniels
I was looking good today.

I’m sitting here now, finishing the remnants of a favourite staple, sardine picante, my stomach slowly beginning to bloat after eating too much. I’m content. The last two days have left me emotionally spent and I wasn’t sure what to expect when I hopped in the car and on a last minute suggestion decided to drive up to UVic and run at the stadium.

I met O’Cal’s group as they were finishing their drills and although we were doing different workouts, and me believing that misery loves company, I jumped in and started with them. I can’t really explain what happened next. My legs had felt heavy and sluggish during the warm-up, which left me shaking my head as I split the first 400 in 1:12. What was I thinking? Okay, clearly I wasn’t thinking but when others are splitting laps between 60”-65” I thought I was going slow.

I was supposed to run the 800s on 2:40 but with the setting sun casting a warm orange glow over the track, and the cool night air tasting like a refreshing draught, I decided to let the cards fall where they might and proceeded to run smooth and in control. More importantly, I was having fun.

[2:32, 2:35, 2:34, 2:37, 2:35, 2:35, 2:36 & 2:34]


Training:
Sunday: mountainous 1:54:46
Monday: day off (scheduled)
Tuesday: 1:21:46 with 8x800 (2’)

3 comments:

Marc said...

Ok, you are now the second person I know who eats sardines....

"...and the cool night air tasting like a refreshing draught..."

Loved the imagery!

Glad you had some fun.

So sorry to hear your and Ally's sad news about her mother - my thoughts are with you guys.

Love2Run said...

"Man, you're running well today!"

Hope you allow some recovery from that effort though. BTW I think I'm the 1st person on marc's list. Very healthy snack!

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