Wow – a week of not getting up at 5am and SO much changes. LOOK HOW DARK IT IS when I leave the house with Abby!!
It’s so dark that my camera couldn’t even figure out what to focus on!! LOL! I’ll tell you, the stars are BEAUTIFUL at this hour!
Yippee the sun is starting to stretch its legs!!
As we’re returning home, the rest of the world starts to wake.
So it’s been a few days since the race and I planned on running this morning to test out the legs…and mental state. It could NOT have been a more beautiful morning. In an effort to make this run purely about getting my legs moving, I ran naked. No Garmin, no heart rate monitor, no watch at all, no music. Just me and the pavement…and these views…
It felt good. Body is still tired (got side stitches a few times), my hammie was a little sore but you know what? I didn’t care. I was purely out there to run and enjoy it. I’ll be honest though, I am curious as to what my pace and HR were in terms of a measure of my level of recovery – but I knew that it was best to go “naked”.
Finally emailed my coach last night to talk about the race – had told him I needed a few days to become rational and reflect. I wasn’t sure how he was going to react to the “…and so I’m just going to run Vegas with a goal to have fun and enjoy” as it doesn’t match his “If you’re not trying to win, why race at all” attitude. But, as he often has over the last few months, he surprised me with his response:
“Sometimes we are on our own worst enemy. Self-imposed pressure is the worst kind. You need to focus on just running with no expectations and then once you have settled into a pace try to maintain it.”
Ok, coach, that sounds like a pretty healthy approach. NOW, I need to figure out how to get my brain to follow it. But this is what I will be working on for the next while. That an my upside down pushups! 🙂