This week we continued to run 6 days a week with Wednesday being our rest day. The good news about this training schedule is that even though we are running 6 days, only 2 of those days are purposeful, fast running. On Tuesdays we are running a speed workout, so we run fast and hard for a specific pace. On Thursdays, we are required to run our miles at marathon pace. Switching from 5 miles at marathon pace to 8 miles at marathon pace has been a challenge. For myself, I have to continue to tell myself to run hard because these are the only 2 days that we have to really run. The other days are called “running recovery days”. Basically we are taking it easy as far as effort, but still running miles on our legs. This week’s runs were nice in the mornings with low 60s as the temperature. That makes waking up at 4 am much more enjoyable. JB is working her way back from an injury. It’s amazing that this is her first real injury since we began running 4 years ago!! We keep telling her to take it easy, but like you all know, she is not one to take days off. We keep telling her to take the days off now because we need her for that big race!
I have to say I’m so impressed by three people that have begun running with us this go round. Tracy and Jodie Heath have embarked on this journey with us without hesitation. Of course, there have been some injuries, but for the most part as much as they can, they have been there with us nearly all of the runs. It is not easy to do the schedule we are following and neither one of them have ever run a full or even a half marathon, so for them to put in the work that we are, is beyond amazing. They are going to kick that Prairie Fire race’s butt! J And of course I have to give a shout out to my dad, Bill Day. Many of you know him and you can attest to his inspirational story. My dad has come such a long way in just one year. When he started running and becoming active, he started by training for the 2012 Fall Fest 5K. He could barely run from one light pole to the next out at Worden Park. But he has been dedicated and determined. He was a smoker for 20+ years and has diabetes and he’s overcome so much! Now he’s running 4 to 7 miles at a time… If that isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is! I love him very much and get so excited when I know he’s going to join us on a run. I’m very proud of him. And especially proud I get to call him my dad J
Last but not least, I’m including a picture that I took last weekend on our Saturday morning run. This picture is absolutely my favorite running photo. Mostly because it’s our Wellington runners J but also because it’s a moment in time. A snapshot into our world. The sun is rising over the trees and all you see is a line of runners working the street to get to the end. There is no rush, there is no chaos in this photo and it is very peaceful. I feel as if I speak for the rest of the group when I say that for the most part, running is our inner peace. Running is one of those things anyone can do and still enjoy that same feeling. Whether you run a 6 minute mile or a 12 minute mile, at some point you come across that peacefulness. Is running peaceful all the time? Absolutely not! As we say running is comparable to life. Life isn't peaceful or wonderful all the time, however it takes those crazy, hard, chaotic times for us to appreciate the peace. So, we run when we don’t want to and we go faster when our legs are tired, but yet in some odd way, there is that peace there that we sometimes forget about until it hits us again. I enjoy that feeling very much and I hope you have found it too.
Quote for the Day: “Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.”
- - Dean Karnazes