W00t! Wagon? I don’t need no stikin’ wagon (to fall off of). Okay, I’m going to tell you the secret to how I finally got out of my rut. It has nothing. to. do. with. running. To be honest, we’re way into some financial debt, so I listened to Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover during my commute (free on YouTube!). If you’re looking for a review – I think his principles are sound but he’s way condescending and sounds like a total ass if you’re just listening to the audio book. BUT, I did like the message, which was essentially to channel focused intensity toward your goals and knock them out one at a time, starting with the smallest and most attainable first. He likes to use fitness analogies, too, and at one point equated climbing out of debt to running a marathon, so that sort of spoke my language. At any rate, I decided it’s time to “live like no one else, so that later – I can live like no one else.” <-he keeps repeating this motto over the course of the audio book, along with “focused intensity” and “gazelle intense.” He has a story about how he came up with “gazelle intense,” but while he was talking all I could hear was Christopher McDougall’s famous quote about the lion and gazelle. [pullquote]Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.[/pullquote]
That in mind, I re-channeled my nervous energy, failed intentions and excuses, and started running again.
Sunday (6.15) – 3.18 miles @11:50 pace
Wednesday (6.18) – 2.16 miles @ 8:58 pace
Friday (6.20) – P90X Chest & Back
Sunday (6.22) – 7.24 miles @ 10:55 pace. First run of any respectable distance I’ve completed since spraining my stupid ankle!
Monday (6.23) – 3.29 miles @ 9:36 pace P90X Plyometrics
Wednesday (6.25) – 7.11 miles @ 10:26 pace
Friday (6.27) – P90X Shoulders & Arms
Sunday (6.29) – 6.21 miles @ 9:29 pace with running group…I felt really pushed but I also felt like I broke back through a plateau of some sort. It was good to be pushed!