That was me this morning. Doing it my way.
I decided to talk to myself (again) as though I were giving someone (someone not so bright) some advice. Someone NEW to running. Someone who was feeling despair about running. Someone who didn't know her arse from her elbow.
Here's what I said:
Self, you're gonna run six miles this morning, before work.
"Six miles!! You're nuts. I don't have time or energy for that. I can only do that if I'm with a group, heavily distracted. Or sedated."
Well, you're gonna do it anyway, cuz you're doing too much else this week and you need the mileage if you think you're gonna run this on Sept. 16.
So, I went out early, 6 a.m., it was still cool (relatively speaking), and I told myself to take the first two miles slow, pick it up for miles 3 and 4 (my version of picking it up, OK?) and then slow it way down for the last two miles.
Now, I don't know if this is in any way any kind of, you know, official, running-type work-out or anything. I mean it wasn't a tempo run, or intervals, or fartlek, or whatever. It was a pure JEANNE run.
So here, because I like to share, (I'm a giver!) I give you the JEANNE run, guaranteed to not kill you and yet, leave you feeling amazingly good (how many other things can you say that about?!!):
mile 1: 11:13
mile 2: 10:50
mile 3: 10:14
mile 4: 10:21
mile 5: 11:42
mile 6: 11:50
I felt good. Afterglow!
Meanwhile, I leave for Philly tomorrow morning (in a rental car, don't worry) to drop off Number One Daughter at her first apartment for her senior year. I'm spending the night with NOD and her roomies. Slumber par-tay!!
Friday, I'm driving from Philly to Delaware to visit some friends at the shore. And I'm staying through Sunday, unless they kick me out sooner which is not beyond the realm. So somewhere in between now and Sunday, I've got to get in an 8-miler. (Are ya listening Bob?!?!?!) If anyone knows any good running routes in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, drop me a line!
In the meantime, give a listen to ol' blue eyes over there ------------------->