Before I get into it, lemme fill in on last night’s social run. It was good. Cool temps and low humidity made it so I could actually breath on my run. It felt awesome. I ended up doing about a 7:20 pace for the 3 miles. Much different than the humid & hot 9 per the 3 miles I ran just two days ago. Anyway, afterwards we traded running stories and shared a few drinks and snacks like we do each Thursday.
Now onto today’s post…
The weekend approaches. While most of our friends are thinking about how to relax this weekend, us runners have a different perspective. The weekend for us either means a race or some training – usually a long run of the week.
For my Disney Dopey Challenge training, I have an “off” weekend. Which means no back to back medium and long runs. Instead I have 9 miles on Saturday and only cross training on Sunday. The off week is designed to let me recharge a bit in anticipation of next weeks mileage – culminating with a 6 and 16 mile back to back runs.
But as I prepare for tomorrow’s 9 miler, something occurred to me. I was reading a strong runner’s blog that I follow – BayRunner Jamie, and she had a line in one of her posts about respecting the run. I started thinking about this, and it’s true. Here’s what I mean about respecting the run: That means you do not fear it, nor are you cocky about it, you simply respect it, and in return you should have a better performance.
Look at it like this: My marathoner sis is a real keeper. And by keeper, I mean Zoo Keeper (you see what I did there?). She works with animals that could rip her skin off. Gorillas, elephants, and don’t get me started on giraffes. They look nice, and most are, but they can fight, and when they do, it looks WEIRD. Giraffe fights creep me out. Look it up on youtube sometime.
Sorry, I got off topic there. I told you not to get me started on giraffe fighting. Anyway, here’s what I’m getting at. If you are around animals, you cannot project fear, or they may bite your knee off. You also can’t be so cocky that you think you can just walk right up to them and take a selfie, cause they may teeth bite your face’s cheek. You must respect the animal if you want it to respect you back, and hopefully not swing it’s giant spotted neck in your direction.
So when you wake up for your race or long run this weekend, don’t be afraid of it (the distance, pace, course, hills, etc.)…you got this. And don’t be so confident that you assume you’ll own it…that’s a recipe for disaster (You could go out too fast, or if you think it’s going to be easy, you may freak out once you hit a difficult patch). Respect the run and you should be able to handle it better than a fighting giraffe.
So what are you doing this weekend? Racing? Long run? How far? How do you feel about it going in? Do you think there should be an organized giraffe fighting league?