Finish with Dignity
Friday, November 19, 2010
I told Kxxx how strong she looked crossing the half marathon finish line. When I complemented her the day of the race, she said she felt like crap. Today, I learned she thinks, too, about how she looks in a race. She said her goal is to finish each race – “with dignity”.
That is exactly what I saw in her. Her posture was perfect, tempo even, stride perfect and breathing rhythmic. She LOOKED better than most the runners. I want to run like Kelly. I’m getting there. As I work on my core muscles, I feel them kicking in while I am doing cardio—and activities of daily living. My transformation is showing. I don’t know why I never thought of it before—but everything comes from the core. So why not exercise the core?? I skipped core earlier—just focused on cardio to burn the calories, then on arms and body parts as I learned the weight lifting. But I was missing a focus on the core. Now, I’m doing daily abdominals, back, obliques—and feeling stronger than ever. When I run my 5ks next year, I will finish with dignity. I will have straight posture and good form, rhythmic breathing and a big smile (well, maybe not all the time.) I will start small, run daily even if it is to the corner and back and build my endurance s…..l…..o…..w…..l……..y. It’s my way.
I interviewed Kxxx following her phenomenol half marathon performance. She runs the Boston Marathon Monday April 18, 2011. She’s one of my Y instructors—and teaches as many as ten a week. Her training schedule is tempo run (for example, in her ten mile run, mile 9 is 8:26—the same as mile 2). Her long run is 15 to 20 miles. Her short speed run is 4 miles. She uses a Polar and says something I noticed in myself in my own workouts. She may have a run that she feels was fantastic—until she looks at the numbers on her Polar. The body will fool you! Measure and record!
Kelly used to run daily and believes that gets you no improvement over what she does now: quality runs. Each run has a purpose.
For me, each workout needs a purpose. Even if the purpose is calorie burn, it needs to have purpose.