Monday, February 10, 2014

The easy button is broken.

I just want to run faster. Is that too much to ask?? I have replaced the early onset of frustration with will power and sheer determination. Word on the street is that it works better. 

What does determination look like?

This. Slovakian on the ground after grueling gunfight and ski adventure in Sochi. 

What do I look like after I try to run 5 8:35 min miles in a row?

Yup. Minus the gun, skiis, poles and gold medal glory and post race interview. 

I hired a coach, which was a wise decision on my part. We've been at this for a few months now and it's going well but I'm not gifted. I have friends and know people who can go out for a run and average 8:30 / 8:40 per mile and it comes so easily. Maybe back in my 20's I could have done that as well but the near 40's are telling me that I'm going to have to want it bad to get it done....and I'm good with that. Ironman wasn't easy but I got it done. This could very well be the same. It just seemed like when I went from 11 min miles to 10's that it was easier. That when I went from 10's to 9's it was easier. 9's to 8's.....not so easy. The winter before last I got close to regularly running in the 8's but I didn't really think much of it and by April, I quit pushing for a better time because I had to incorporate swimming and biking into my life for a half Ironman so speed work had to go. 

I realize the territory I'm trying to enter is the land of the BQ. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. I wonder if my lungs will always feel like they have a blow torch on them when I run an 8:35? If my quads will feel like they're slowly filling with concrete as well? There has to come a time when it won't hurt as badly. Right? Maybe I make it sound as if it's awful, it's not. I feel like a million bucks after I complete a really tough workout. I'm looking forward to the day when that really tough workout is not so tough after all! 

Until then...

I will happily run outside in the snow. 
Special thank you to - The Police, Bob Marley and Tears for Fears for accompanying me. 

Did you make a breakthrough that seemed like it could possibly take forever? 


  1. They key is consistency and patience. Determination is far more important than'll get there! :)

  2. nice call on hiring a coach! Cross country sking is my favorite event to watch in the olympics because the commentator just goes nuts at times lol. Yea they are gassed at the finish line!

  3. great job with the run and getting faster!! I am just trying to run and not reinjure myself right now.

  4. Yes, I did...but it took what seemed like forever ;-)

    Good luck to you with all of it!

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