Today: 5 mile hill run with Ryan Hall at 6:00 am
Last night I told Ryan that I was going to take my ipod on our morning hill run. I got “the look” and a “that’s fine” response, which is standard when I say I need my ipod. Ryan is anti-music during any run (this is one of his many running anomalies).
My pre-run morning routine includes reading the Runner’s World Quote of the Day email to help inspire me to get out there and make it a good run. This was today’s Quote – “Early morning. Sun rising. Birds Singing. Dew like diamonds. Calm. No Ipod. I am part of the universe, not something running through it.” (written by -RW Challenger Shawn Cuoto-her idea of a rave run)
It couldn’t have been a more perfect reminder that I need work on my goal of developing mental toughness while running. I walked out the door with no ipod and ran the best 5 mile hill run that I have in years. Along the way we saw a few rabbits, a lot of birds and two small deer which were standing within a few feet of us. Maybe looking at my surroundings and enjoying what I see, instead of trying to just get through a run is how I should run. By no means am I giving up my ipod on all runs, but it was a great hard run and I proved to myself that I can do it without music.
Today: Rest Day