Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Why I Run

I was a little nervous about going into "Track Tuesday" this morning with only five hours of sleep, but it was a great (albeit butt-kicking) workout.

My training plan called for 4x1200 and 4x400 with 400m rest intervals and half mile warm up and
half mile cool down (6.75 miles total). Here are the splits -
1st 1200 - 4:54 (6:35 pace)
2nd 1200 - 4:52 (6:32 pace)
3rd 1200 - 4:57 (6:36 pace)
4th 1200 - 4:48 (6:25 pace)

1st 400 - 1:26 (5:49 pace)
2nd 400 - 1:25 (5:57 pace)
3rd 400 - 1:34 (6:16 pace)
4th 400 - 1:31 (6:07 pace)

I sure hope all this speed work pays off in my upcoming races. Phew!

In this post I shared one of my favorite running quotes, and asked why you run, and if you saw yourself as the lion, the gazelle or something else. You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the cool comments. I really loved reading your thoughts.

So now I will share mine. If I had to pick just between the lion and the gazelle, I would definitely be a lion. I am strong and determined. I run with purpose and intensity much of the time. And yet the lion doesn't quite fit me.

As I have thought about it, I have decided I am definitely most like a horse. Have you ever spent a lot of time with horses? I worked with horses (lots of thoroughbreds) for years. While it is horses' instinct to run from predators and danger, horses don't just run because they have to, they also run because they want to. They run because it is a part of what they are. It's in their blood and in their spirit. They run because it is what they do.They run because they love it. I have never seen a horse happier or more content than they are after a good run. You can see it in a horse's eyes that running is fun. Horses run when they are feeling good. They run when they are mad. They run when they are stressed. They run when they are frightened. They run with friends and they run on their own. Sometimes they run light and bouncy, and sometimes they run flat out as hard as they can. They run because there is something inside of them that tells them to "go".

Yes, I am definitely more like a horse than a lion or a gazelle.

A baby horse is up on it's feet almost right after it is born, and can run at a gallop by the next day. I don't know why it took me so long to find this part of myself. I don't know why I didn't go for my first run until I was 32 years old. All I know is that when I went on that first run, I unlocked a part of myself, an instinct, that was just waiting to be found, and even though running was HARD and I was slow, I loved it, and I was hooked.

There are lots of reasons why I run. I run because it has helped me get into (and stay in) shape. I run because I want to get faster and to be able to run further. I run because it clears my head and calms my soul. I run because it's fun. I run because I love the "me" time. I run because it feels good, and because I have found it is one of the best things I can do for myself, physically and emotionally. I run because I love a challenge. But all of that makes it sound more complicated than it really is.

What it really comes down to, is that I run because it is a part of who I am. I run because it is in my blood and in my spirit.  I run because it is what I do. I run because I love it. I run because there is something inside of me that tells me to "go".


Julie said...

ohhhhhh...I loved this. Horses are so amazing and beautiful. I love to watch them run.

Chris @ Heavy Steps said...

Love this post. Thank you!

Jen @ Run for Anna said...

Wonderful post and so beautifully written.

H Love said...

Great post (as usual)
P.S. that speed work is crazy! YOU ROCK!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Awesome post and I think you just described my passion for running. I felt like I was reading about myself and why I run.

Many mahalos!

Penny said...

My goodness you are speedy. I think you will see a difference in you next race. Keep it going. Great post

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I love that!! I also love being on a horse when it is running, so awesome! Great workouts those are some really great split times I would think it would pay off! Keep up all the hard work!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

This is a wonderful post E!! I think the horse analogy is perfect and suits you well. I can tell how much you LOVE to run!

Terzah said...

I love what you say about horses! Once, while traveling in Ireland in a little west-coast village by the ocean as a college student, I paid for a horseback ride. I'm a novice rider at best and it had been years since I'd been on a horse. My horse took one look at the beach and just took off. There was nothing the group leader could do but watch us go. I remembered my Black Stallion books and clung to her back like a burr. I was scared, but the memory will be with me forever as one of freedom, loss of control (in a good way) and the spirit of an animal who just had to run. And I didn't fall off.

As for me, I am a gazelle, running from several demons. So far I am staying ahead of them! :^)

misszippy said...

You may claim to be like a horse, but you run like a gazelle! Nice numbers on the track!

I am still coming your way next month...will be in touch soon. I also want to pick your brain on yellowstone.

LBTEPA said...

this is such a nice post :) I don't feel like a horse when i run - well maybe a draught horse!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Great track workout! So jealous of your 55 degree temps. 65 doesn't sound that much hotter, but it sure is.

You are quite speedy!