“Run like an old lady on ice.” Week 7
“On April 18th, we’ll all be Kenyans.” –Rick Muhr
- 4.5 miles
- 48 minutes 23 seconds
- Song of choice: “Baby” by Devendra Banhart
- # of roadkill: NONE. (Thank you, Newton!)
- # of teammates who finished faster than I did: lots
- # of times I cared: not-a-one
- # of times regret running Boston Marathon: ZERO and beyond, I was feeling goooooood.
“Rick Trick” of the day: Wear a mini straw on a necklace. Sipping water during the run will help you conserve energy and eliminate gas bubbles in your stomach. BRILLLLLLIANT!
Wow, people. I’d be lying if I told you HEARTBREAK HILL, the mother of all mothers, was easy. To put it simply, it wasn’t. What was even more, however, was the realization that on April 18th, I will have already run 20 miles before I even get to that point. YOWZA!! (Insert facial expression left)
Nonetheless, I’ve discovered that the runs just get easier and easier each time I set out. This 4.5-miler was my best run yet and a big portion of it was (obviously) uphill. In considering the advice of my coach carefully, I concentrated on my stride making sure I maintained good technique throughout. As Coach Rick Muhr so brilliantly put it, “Run like an old lady on ice.” So, I heeded that advice knowing it would be my means of survival. I may have looked like an old lady, but I didn’t feel like one; no random pains and no numbness like on previous runs.
How DID I feel? Like a million bucks.
The best part? Chocolate milk after the run… coach’s orders 🙂
Don’t mind if I do!