Saturday, May 04, 2013
I don't know what it is about running that make my mind wander so. Today I was doing a 7 mile run, which became 7.5 miles by its end. It was drizzling rain and not too hot. I felt good.
Around mile 5 or so, my mind starts drifting. I'm looking for motivation to do a better run. I'm glad I am able to run at all, but need to push myself, even though I'm no spring chicken anymore.
My thoughts always go back to my youth, remembering how strong and tough I was way back then. This happens so frequently to me - I think back and use that youthful strength I once had to pull me along now as an aged runner.
I remember when I was in Navy boot camp. How they pushed us so hard. But I overcame everything they could throw at me, as did all my shipmates that finished with me. 5 ft 8 1/2 inches tall and 120 pounds. Hey, when you're a mere 5'8", yes that extra 1/2 inch is worth reporting. Anyway, I was lean and mean. I could do 100 pushups in closer to one minute than two minutes time. They pushed us hard, and it was easier for me than the heavier guys. Lower body weight is a good thing when doing calisthenics - using one's own body weight for resistance. Easier to do pushups when you're 120 pounds than if you are 160 pounds.
Also, I swam like a fish. I had the super strong lungs, probably because I grew up on the beach and swam every day in the summer, usually for hours on end. My strong lungs remain today.
These are the things I remember. I know I can't be that kid again, but I use these memories when I have to dig a bit deeper, or even just to continue when I am getting tired. I realized this today - that I have the same recurring thoughts.
Some people use music to give them strength. I do, but not often. I used it when I did my second marathon. Just after the half marathon mark, I plugged in my music, listened and felt a bit younger, a bit more energetic. . I like the stuff from when I was a kid. Who doesn't, right? We like it because it makes us feel young for a while. I don't spoil myself with music motivation, I use it when I need it.
When I hear Chuck Berry singing "Maybelline" or "Johnny B. Goode" I can be 16 years old again. I run faster, I fool the old body that I can still do 100 pushups and run like the wind. I don't of course, but I do go faster and longer.
We all have our own way of dealing with exercise and keeping ourselves motivated. These are just a couple of thoughts I had on my run today.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.