Tuesday, June 08, 2010
I'd Like to Buy an Argument, Please
Scene: a 50 minute run...20 minutes easy warmup, 15 minutes a little hard, 15 minute cooldown.
Mind: (during 20 minute warmup) Hmmm. Heavy legs. What's up with that?
Body: Yep. Heavy legs. Again.
(fast forward to the 15 minute push)
Mind: This is hard.
Body: Don't you just wanna stop?
(now at the 15 minute cooldown)
body and mind both sneak a peek at the Garmin to see what the "harder" pace was...8:55.
Mind: 8freaking55? Ugh.
Body: Yeah. Felt pretty hard, huh?
Mind: And right about now is how I wonder how I'm ever going to run fast again.
Body: I know. You're slow, huh?
Mind: Yeah. But how? How am I going to do what I want to do in November? And next May? If 8FREAKINGFIFTYFIVE feels hard?
Mind: Well, what?
Body: Well, you know you've always been the problem around here. Right?
Body: You know. You know that YOU have been the problem. NOT ME. I have always shown up and done what I'm supposed to do. I got stronger. You got a little bit stronger...but not enough. Are you done yet? Because I'm tired of pulling all the load here. Do your job. NOW.
Body: Yeah, that's what I thought. Stop thinking about November right now. In November you won't be hauling around a backpack with 20 pounds of bricks in it, which is essentially what you're doing right now. Think about what you've done in the past 14 weeks--and the past 40 before that--and GET OVER YOURSELF.
Body: Get out of your way.