Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Running is...Loving Today, With An Eye On Tomorrow

The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be.--Bret Hart

I'm like a goal setting machine. Unfortunately, not all machines work as desired. If all of my goals were accomplished, I would have been a millionaire 9 years ago and I would retire in 9 months. One goal in particular was accomplished today. The funny thing about this goal is that it's virtually impossible to document. There is no metric for it. I set 2 goals and one of them was to run 10 miles and have it feel like I ran 6 miles. That happened today.

As I ran today I felt the ease of my leg turnover. I started off really easy as I normally would on a double digit run. After the first mile I felt exceptionally good and the rest of my miles were negative splits because I searched for a pace that would make me work enough. In the past, after a 10 mile run, the rest of the day was pretty labored. I feel like I worked but I didn't have to adjust anything I did today. The test is also if I could run again in the same day. I could but I won't. The real test is the recovery tonight and the subsequent run tomorrow morning.

Aside from that, I really enjoyed taking pictures of Atlanta today. I recently started running on Peachtree Street and I've discovered some cool things. It's amazing that I find something new everyday to photograph.

Even better today was my breakfast. In general, I run with my next run in mind. This is not to say that I don't enjoy my run while I run it. I am saying that I will scale back or pick it up based on the run I plan to run the next day. I also eat with a mind to fuel and less to simply find pleasurable foods. We all know that some of the best tasting foods aren't necessarily good for you. Today I decided to eat what I wanted as opposed to what may have been best for me. I had two chocolate muffins because I accomplished a goal. I guess in moderation there is nothing wrong with that.

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