Monthly Archives: April 2018

Today On The Run #16 Peace, Love, and Respect

I don’t follow the professional running scene much, but congratulations to Desiree Linden, the first female American Boston Marathon winner since 1985!   The weather was completely bananas; I’m pretty sure I would have hung it up in the first few miles, myself. Des almost quit herself!

Runner’s World has a great write up on how her helping a fellow runner might have been the boost she needed to carry her through.  Amazing stuff.

Speaking from my vast experience of races (which consists of couple of dozen races in half a dozen years, resulting in two 3rd places in my age group. #sadtrombone) I can totally see how making connections during the race helps both sides.  At my earliest races, I got nothing but love and respect from everybody, probably when I needed it the most.

I always tried (and still try) to pay it back at other races and pretty much anytime I meet up with other runners.  Everybody who has the guts to show up at any race, 1 mile to Marathon, earned the right to be there and is no less deserving than anyone else there that day.

Today On The Run #15 Cheating

Stepping into the confessional…

The majority of my miles are done with the company of my trusty MP3 player.  But, I rarely listen to music;  I’m big time into podcasts.  I’m less likely to zone out listening to podcasts and they don’t completely block out ambient noise the way music does.

But, sometimes, I drift back to music.  I load up my podcasts once or a week or so, and throw a few albums on the player to have as a fall back if I run out of new podcast content.  I normally try to keep a good mix of tunes loaded up, but lately, I’ve been into metal.

After a relatively low start to Wednesday’s run.  I cut over from a podcast to some Avenged Sevenfold.  Mercy, that album is pretty much like a shot of adrenaline.  There’s almost way to not to pull out all the stops when its blaring in your ears. It makes the running feel so easy its like cheating.

The rest of the run was pretty much just a blur.   It was just a feeling either, an average 8:05 pace is pretty impressive compared to lack luster mid 9s I’ve been stuck in lately. I don’t think I can pull that off every day, but its probably worth trying once a week and calling that my speedwork.