Sunday, April 10, 2011

Deep Thoughts

"If you're an ant, and you're walking along across the top of a cup of pudding, you probably have no idea that the only thing between you and disaster is the strength of that pudding skin." Jack Handy


“If you ever fall off the Sears Tower, just go real limp, because maybe you'll look like a dummy and people will try to catch you because, hey, free dummy.”  Jack Handy

Hey, happy Sunday everyone! Remember Jack Handy from SNL?  Makes me laugh every time I read one of his quotes.

Anyway, reason for the post title is I had some cool revelations about running, while running.  I headed out solo for my six miler yesterday to practice a little race strategy and push myself a little bit, and I've got to be honest with you... it SUCKED.  For about the first 1.5 miles, my shins were killing me, my stride was all goofy, and I just felt plain out of shape.  I was running about a ten minute mile, which is my plan for race day, and I felt beat and ready to call it a day.  But then I tried to picture myself at the race... cheering spectators, big mile markers, and my favorite, cowbells. .. I glanced at my watch, and it said I was running a 9:10 pace.  Nice! The rest of my run was awesome, fast, and fun.  My last mile was sub-eight minutes, and I felt strong.

That's when I realized how thin the line is between a great run and a total bust.  I think it's all about making the right decision - if you quit when the going gets tough you may miss out on an awesome experience.  Sometimes during a run when I feel like junk, I get it into my head that it's a bad day and tell myself there's always another run... but I wonder how much of the bad runs are caused by me giving up on them...  hmmm. 

Schedule for the Week

Monday - Upper Body Workout
Tuesday - Easy Track (4 x 400)
Wednesday - Lower Body
Thursday - Easy 2-3
Friday - Rest

The theme for the week is stretch, stretch, STRETCH!!

Hope you all have a great rest of your weekend!



  1. way to go on your run!! I am a strong believer in a positive mindset....I really think it can make a complete difference in our runs. SO excited for your half! you will do amazing!

  2. Great points... yours and Jack's. I haven't run in sveral years, and my (first and) last marathon was in 2001, but your thought is something I'm going to try to remember as I work through other challenges.



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