Out Of The Woods: I think I may have gotten past these doldrums that have latched onto me of late. I ran six miles on the treadmill on Wednesday. It wasn't necessarily the greatest run but it was a solid one and I felt good all the way through. Typical of me, I get on hoping to do five, felt like doing less but got to five and decided to see my way to six. Whatever the case, I was on the treadmill for exactly one hour and that alone is worthy of a rut-breaker. I mean, if you can last an hour on the treadmill, you should be able to do some serious damage outdoors.
Slowing Speed: Another thing that I realized is that I haven't been doing any speed workouts. Speed always gives me a bounce to my step, a spring to my runs, and I've been running far slower at the ends of my runs than usual. I don't know what I was attributing that to but it sorta hit me earlier this week - no speedwork really does have an effect. Not sure how much speedwork now will help me in my marathon, or even in Sunday's scheduled 20-mile run, but it will give me that elusive spring that's been lacking from my step of late.
What Not To Run To: After my six-mile run, I took the girls to Mt. Rubidoux. I'll blog about that trip in a separate post (I have some pictures that I don't have time to put up just now) but one thing I saw was just head-shakingly wrong. Running downhill was a guy without a shirt blaring music. That, in and of itself, wasn't bad. Blare music from your phone or MP3 player all you want. However, if you are going to do so, please rock something worth rocking, something that actually rocks. Blaring from shirtless guy's music player was something I know I couldn't run to.
I'm actually kind of upset that I embedded this song onto my blog but I figure that it would be the best way to hit home. Yeah, I pretty much despised this song when it came out. I was a freshman or sophomore when they were big and I never liked them. To play them now, for nostalgia's sake, maybe. But to play them for running inspiration? And to share your inspiration with the rest of us? Fail.