Monday, August 18, 2014
Man, this running everyday thing is challenging sometimes (especially when combined with half marathon training runs and trying to hit the 1000 mark before you get to that point as well.) The 1000 mile challenge for the year has turned into the 10 month mark actually since things are cruising along quicker now. It's the things that challenge the mind I think more than the body. I mean I've had a long, cold, and snowy winter to overcome, and now I have this construction obstacle. See I live a mile from one bike path, and there's also another one about a third of a mile after that. The thing is that the major street I use to get there is closed right now (for 10 days total.) I know. I know. I'm sweating something minor, but I really became accustomed to running to one of those paths and going from there (sometimes just three miles and other times well beyond.) So it's a stretch of the mind to come up with an interesting detour route that doesn't remind me that I'm going out of my way to get the job done. I can get to those same paths if I want to, but I have to take the scenic route (I mean that sarcastically) to get there. Yeah, I hear you once again. Sure it's just the potential for extra mileage, but it's just so BORING! So the way around it is to keep in intersting. Add as many turns and twists as possible and keep the mind moving. One other thing I'm doing is working on some gear shifting, like I'm going to do in a little bit tonight. Mix up the paces and see where I come out. Kind of like a pop quiz for the November half marathon (because it's going to be a gear shifting run for the most part.) The light is at the end of the tunnel soon though because Friday the railroad tracks will reopen again. The things like the winter and the construction is that you just find a way to make it through the uncomfortably and use it to your advantage. It's temporary and not forever, so I try to pick something out of it and focus on it. It helps keep the focus, but it brings more to the running game as well. The training is getting shorter and shorter though as I'm 90 days away from locking up my 3rd half marathon and of course that's followed closely behind by the end of the year (yay!) It's funny how I just kept adding more and more challenges to this year, and now one by one I'm subtracting them as I knock each of them out. They are all seek and destroy missions now!