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Some runs are Extraordinary (Read 88 times)

FreeSoul87


Runs4Sanity

     You ever notice how most of your runs always feel like a workout, or normal and average? Or at least something like that..... but then there comes a run, normally a long run that just feels extraordinary. You don't feel like you're actually making an effort, you don't feel tired afterwards and you might even feel like you could go on for another hour or 2. What makes that run even better, or more surreal is when it is ran on backcountry roads and it feels like you're on a road trip, or just out exploring and taking all the scenery in, al the smells, sounds and feel of it. 

       Yesterday's 8 miler was that run for me, not because it was the best in a long time, because I don't think I've had a bad run since mid March and because the first 3 miles I did feel sick to my stomach (pork sausages for breakfast... yucky mistake and was reminded why I don't eat pork), but it was just an amazing day out there. The country roads were relatively quiet, the birds were talking and the cows were staring at me, the soft steps of my shoes, it was nice and chilly around 50 degrees or so and cloudy with a threat of a storm. It was just surreal and I really wanted to run for another hour, take some roads I haven't been on. I felt I could have kept running and just maybe I would have found something amazing.

       A run like yesterday is the reason I want to get my long runs up to anywhere between 15-20 miles, because it is just amazing to slow down and enjoy life's beauty and actually take everything in. I don't care if it takes me another year or two to reach those long run miles, but I am determined to reach them and to do them occasionally just to gain back sanity and "rest" mentally and emotionally. The idea of being out there for as long as possible is what really drives me to run, even when I'm not feeling great, I feel purged and cleansed, ready to take on whatever.

    *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

    PRs

    5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

    10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

    15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

    13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace) Sub 2 hours!!!

     

    happylily


      Nice post, FS. Yes, those runs are special and they should be cherished. I'm glad you had one of those yesterday. Keep up the great work!

      PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013

              Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013

      4 years racing, 14 marathons, 14 BQs     


      Mmmmm...beer

        I love those runs, they make all the tough/bad runs worth it!

        -Dave

         

        2014 Goals | sub-19 5k done! | sub-40 10k | sub-1:25 HM | BQ done! | sub-3 M

        FreeSoul87


        Runs4Sanity

          Cool It was an awesome run, the only con to running out in the country is the occasional crazy driver....but that is only at night really. I'd honestly love to do a long run at night during a full moon out there, THAT would be an amazing run.

          *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

          PRs

          5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

          10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

          15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

          13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace) Sub 2 hours!!!

           


          Mmmmm...beer

            Cool It was an awesome run, the only con to running out in the country is the occasional crazy driver....but that is only at night really. I'd honestly love to do a long run at night during a full moon out there, THAT would be an amazing run.

             

            I have yet to catch a full moon when we're visiting the inlaws in the country, but when I do, you can bet I'm going running at night without my headlamp!  There is nothing like a full moon in the country with no light pollution, it's breathtaking.

            -Dave

             

            2014 Goals | sub-19 5k done! | sub-40 10k | sub-1:25 HM | BQ done! | sub-3 M

            FreeSoul87


            Runs4Sanity

              I meant to run in the woods this past winter during a full moon, no leaves on the trees  and the full moon as you guide... it would be awesome. I've been out in the woods photographing during a full moon, but never for a run, this winter I am definitely going to.

              *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

              PRs

              5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

              10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

              15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

              13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace) Sub 2 hours!!!

               

                You realize that the running gods will very shortly turn what should have been an easy run into a suckfest just to even out the karma.  Big grin

                Short term goal: 17:59 5K

                Mid term goal:  2:54:59 marathon

                Long term goal: To say I've been a runner half my life.  (I started running at age 45).

                FreeSoul87


                Runs4Sanity

                  I will not hear it!!! You shush, if my easy run tonight sucks I am so going to come on here and blame you! Joking

                   

                  You realize that the running gods will very shortly turn what should have been an easy run into a suckfest just to even out the karma.  Big grin

                  *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

                  PRs

                  5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

                  10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

                  15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

                  13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace) Sub 2 hours!!!

                   

                  Buelligan


                    Everyone of my runs is a great run.

                     

                    They make me happy in my pants.

                    FreeSoul87


                    Runs4Sanity

                      That's strange..........

                      I don't know what or how I would react if I ever came across a runner with a uhm...... erection.

                       

                      Edited: LTH, my run today did not suck! So hah!! Joking

                      *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

                      PRs

                      5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

                      10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

                      15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

                      13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace) Sub 2 hours!!!

                       

                      Luke79


                        I feel exactly as you do about long runs, and my intentions are to increase my LR mileage for the same reasons.  I love those good runs, and I want more.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         

                        FreeSoul87


                        Runs4Sanity

                          Yeah, I don't intend on increasing my long runs for a marathon, but to be out there longer. I would love to do the Western States 100, not just the race so much but the trails itself. I'd love to be out there on the trails for hours upon hours.

                          *Do It For Yourself, Do It Because They Said It Was Impossible, Do It Because They Said You Were Incapable*

                          PRs

                          5k - 24:40 (7:57 min/mile pace) 

                          10k - 54:39 (8:48 min/mile pace)

                          15k -1:24:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

                          13.1 - 1:56:38 (8:54 min/mile pace) Sub 2 hours!!!

                           


                          Bad Ass

                            This is what usually happens.

                             

                            You realize that the running gods will very shortly turn what should have been an easy run into a suckfest just to even out the karma.  Big grin

                             

                            I love those types of runs.  They make everything better.  Especially when I am struggling through a bad asthma or allergy bout and can barely run and then I run and it's all working fine.

                            Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner

                            Blog

                            "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."


                            Bad Ass

                              It does not have to be the next one Big grin

                               

                              That's strange..........

                              I don't know what or how I would react if I ever came across a runner with a uhm...... erection.

                               

                              Edited: LTH, my run today did not suck! So hah!! Joking

                              Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner

                              Blog

                              "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."

                                 

                                Edited: LTH, my run today did not suck! So hah!! Joking

                                 

                                When you least expect it, expect it.  Big grin

                                Short term goal: 17:59 5K

                                Mid term goal:  2:54:59 marathon

                                Long term goal: To say I've been a runner half my life.  (I started running at age 45).

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