Sometimes the best way to beat impending burnout is by mixing things up.
This week I've been doing quite a bit of that. Monday I ran the golf course behind my house for the first time and eschewed music, and the results were excellent. I kept a good pace, even for an easy run, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
|A winding path replete with sprinklers...New favorite route!|
In fact, mentally, it was the best run I've had in a long time.
Wednesday, I met Kristin to run FGCU's campus and we finished the two-mile run with another first for me: running up and down the parking garage. I admit, I almost tossed my cookies at one point on this run. Even with a slower overall pace, the end of this run really had my heart-rate up and my legs thrumming.
|That blob of color is the garage; I'll definitely need to do this one again, especially if it's ever storming too hard to run in the elements.|
I'm going to check out a fancy neighborhood nearby for my long run Saturday. I think the new venue will put some pep in my step. And if I park in just the right spot, I'll be able to stash water and visit a McDonald's, so I'll be able to avoid wearing my fuelbelt.
I think, though, that I'll draw the line at trying something this new anytime soon:
|This flyer was on Matt's car after one of his SUP races. Now I always scope out the racers and wonder who left it!|
And speaking of newness and changes, this illustration has been going around Facebook. (I wish I knew where it originated so I could give proper credit!) In 1994 I was still doing that whole "running around because I'm a kid" thing, as opposed to running as sport. I didn't start running until there were Nike+ chips and Nano iPods! But it's interesting to compare the difference.
|I am so guilty of this, and totally unashamed!|
Is the advent of running gear and technology a good thing? I definitely think so for the most part, but there must have been a real freedom to running when none of that was available. I wonder if runners got lost a lot.
Have you tried anything new lately?
Would you ever do a nude race? Even though I could do this nude race with clothes on, I don't have much desire to run with a bunch of naked, sweaty people.
What were you up to in 1994?