Random Thursday Thoughts:
- I should have started counting the number of DQ blizzards I eat back in March when DQ opened for the season. Pretty sure I’m over 30 now. Possibly 40.
- Here is why I love my new favorite kind of DQ blizzard, french silk pie blizzards: Because they taste like french silk pie. But with ice cream. Holy crap they are so yummy with the chocolate pieces and the chunks of pie crust. And the whip cream. Yum Yum Yum! Perfect ending to my day today!
- My medium long mid-week run is back, and I love it! I think it’s my favorite workout each week. It is SUCH an awesome feeling to get double digits done before 6:00 a.m. And these are my runs where it’s just me and and my thoughts – I’m not distracted by the group or worrying about intervals or hitting certain paces or anything. I just put one foot in front of the other and go. And sort out whatever life stuff needs sorting out. 11 miles done this morning. Love it!
- Cycling vs. Running thought: It is much easier to spit while running. I have definitely not mastered spitting while cycling. I just manage to make a mess of myself and my bike every time I do it. Tips, anyone?
- I was talking running with a friend this week who questioned the wisdom of marathon pace miles in a long run. He is fast – like super fast – and didn’t do any MP miles for his most recent round of training and had a kick a$$ race time. I know alot of the “experts” have MP miles in the long run. And I like MP miles in a long run – mostly for confidence reasons, though I’m sure there is a physical training effect too. Anyone else have thoughts on whether MP miles in a long run are beneficial? (This weekend’s long run for me is 16 miles with some MP miles – not sure how many – mixed in).
- What would a blog post be from me, lately, without a snippit from my meditation book (which, once again, was spot on with what I needed to hear today): “Feel your feelings. Struggle through your situations and experiences and emotions. The struggle to learn isn’t incidental to your purpose. It’s an integral part of your purpose, your destiny, your reason for being. Go through your moments of darkness and confusion, and trust that the light will come. Through it all, rest in one thought, you’re on track. You’re on your path.” I needed to hear this today. For life stuff mostly. But, as always, it struck me that this is applicable to marathon training too – because during a training cycle there are struggles and moments of darkness and even confusion as you struggle through the workouts and wonder if they are really paying off, if it’s even worth it. But, as someone very wise told me last night, you need confidence in your training plan if you want the results to pan out for you. Stick with it through the struggles and you’ll see the light and that you are on the right path. I KNOW this to be true for me, in life and marathon training. Alright, end of cheesy deep meditation thoughts. Move along.