Running a ½ Marathon – an Optimists Guide for the Impatient and Ill-Prepared V

April 24th, 2007

Need more of a challenge? I recommend signing up for an intensive six-day yoga and meditation retreat that will overlap with the first and second weeks of mini-marathon training. Not only will the retreat leave you with no time whatsoever to run, it will also empty you of all competitive desire. You will long only to sit and stare at walls, smiling vaguely.

Actually… I went for my second long run yesterday – another eight mile course. And, it was the easiest run I’ve ever done! Seriously – there were no crazy runner’s endorphins involved, just a really pleasant pace from the first step to the last. I’d forgotten how good it feels when you don’t have to think about running anymore. It’s like your legs, lungs and heart take care of themselves and your mind just wanders… off… wherever… It felt so good, I tacked on an extra ninth mile at the end, just for fun.

In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that about an hour and a half after my run I started feeling a bit wonky – had to sit down and couldn’t eat for the rest of the day. But two hours and an incredibly cheesy movie later, I felt good again and have no soreness to report today.

Was it taking a three day break from training? Or was it all the yoga and meditation? Hmmmm…
Or maybe Ooommmm….

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