After the tempo run crap, I was ready for a change. Today, 400m repeats were on the cards. I had planned to run down to the grass track near home, do 6 400m repeats with recovery time between, and then jog back.
I managed the first 400m loop, and then walk/jogged (yeah, I sucked so much I couldn’t even bring myself to jog). I managed the next 160m. I psyched myself up, tried again, and made it 130m. So I decided to drop it and try doing 300m repeats. I got 260m. Then 250m.
I walked away from the track. And then I had a flash of inspiration. I was tired, shaky and cranky. But I turned back to the track, took off my watch, and ran an untimed 400m. I had one goal. Make it to the end.
And I did. It was slower. It was harder. But I made it.
And so, I have come to what I hope is a turning point in this new 10km training. I am going to run naked for awhile. I am not going to go out quite as hard, and I will pick a point to run to. When I do my tempo on Thursday, I am going to pick a landmark to run to. Next Tuesday, I will run 6 400m sets. The whole way around.
But next time will suck less.
I have two!
I picked up a pair of Asics Gel-Kinetic 4s. The gym is selling donated new shoes for $25 and they happened to fit. The money will go to charity.
AND when I jogged down to the track this morning, a group of school-boys were using the path. When I ran through, they moved aside and clapped me as I passed. Too cute!
When have you sucked? What did you do to suck less?
What are your favourite running shoes?
What makes you smile on a run?