Wherein our intrepid heroine chooses an audiobook by her favorite motivational celebriwriter instead of her tried and true Running Pace Playlist and learns a thing or two . . .
HCRP and I have been really bad runners the past couple weeks.
We haven’t really been getting our miles in.
We haven’t really been very consistent with our runs.
This is pretty risky behavior for two people who are only about seven weeks out from a half marathon.
Oh sure, we just finished one last month but those are hardly laurels one can rest on for 13.1 miles two and a half months later.
HCRP, for his part, has been having some tightness in his sartorius muscle.
I know this not because of my extensive studies of human anatomy or my secret, night school medical diploma. I know this because today he saw The Exorcist. She made famous by the equally famous Terri Lee in her groundbreaking blog about running, a dog, a cat, and life in general.
Anyway, he has had a reasonable reason to cut back on his running. In fact, he was grounded from running by Le Exorciste. Which is what led to yours truly – the aforementioned Intrepid Heroine – running sans the RP portion of HCRP.
For whatever crazy reason I decided to run listening to one of my many audiobooks. I say “crazy reason” because I rely on my running play list to keep me on my trusty 12:00 min/mile running pace.
Yes, I said “rely” and I do. I’m weak.
And a huge fan of music on my runs.
One of these days I’ll become one of Those Runners who just lace up their Asics, head out the door, and pound out the miles. But for now there’s this whole ‘gearing up’ thing I go through with the industrial strength running bra, strap pads (see previous link), water belt, and since I’ve done All That why not go ahead and take the iPhone and ear buds? Because really, what’s a run without technology? (And there’s that whole Safety Issue to having one’s phone with one on a run in case one falls and can’t get up…) However, I digress…
Where was I?
iPhone for safety…
running bra/strap pads…
Oh! Now I remember! Running with Jillian Michaels!
So I fire up Jillian’s (I call her ‘Jillian’ because we’re tight like that me and Jillian) Unlimited and get to running!
And everything feels great from Step One! I’m talkin’ Tony The Tiger on a Saturday Morning commercial in the middle of Scooby Doo “They’re Grrrrrrrrrreat!” great!
After the first five minute running interval The Endomondo Lady pipes up and says “Two Minutes – Low Intensity” so I slow to a brisk walk, take a sip of water, and wait (a little more impatiently than usual) for her to say “Five Minutes. Medium Intensity”.
Somewhere along the way it registers in my brain that rather than getting to the “Two Minutes. Low Intensity” interval before the half mile marker on the trail, I got to that interval after the half mile marker which can only mean one thing: I must be running quicker than my regular pace. And it felt Tony The Tiger Grrrrrrrrrreat!
Endomondo Lady pipes back up, we run for five minutes – just me, Jillian, and Endomondo lady – and again are past the one mile marker before reaching the next “Two Minutes. Low Intensity” cue. This really can mean only one thing: I really am running – comfortably and completely on my own – faster than a twelve minute mile! FOR an entire mile!
And this isn’t one of those Jillian Michaels Biggest Loser Screaming Trainer type books I’m listening to. She is, dare I say, downright sedate and soothing in (most of) her delivery in Unlimited. It’s a “Love your life and live a life you love” book, not a “Get off your fat ass (sorry mom) and run until you vomit!” book. And (we now pause for a word from our non-sponsor) it’s really a good book. At least I think so. So does my “I’m not a fan of Jillian” friend/running buddy-mentor Tonia.
At the end of the run I did 4.40 miles in 50:42 and averaged 11:32 min/mile.
Which can mean only one thing, two things really:
#1: I can reduce my time and run faster!
#2: I really need to listen to Jillian Michaels when I’m running in races!