Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Runner II: Electric Boogaloo

I set off for a 3 mile neighborhood run today to shake off the cobwebs of a day of hanging out with a sick little boy (croup + strep = no fun) and to test out my latest pair of WrightSocks, this time the Runner II.

I was overcome with a strong feeling of "Meh" about the whole thing. Lately, I've been pretty solidly rocking out my long runs, or at least getting through them in heroic efforts. But I am having trouble mustering up much enthusiasm for my shorter runs during the week. It is really not a good thing, you guys, because I can't run a great half marathon just based on great long runs.

Today, I attempted to make my neighborhood 3 miler a little more exciting by Running Like Jack. Running like Jack means occasionally tearing off at full tilt. And it means that if I see a puddle, I am going to blaze through it and splash as much as possible.

Running Like Jack made that 3 mile run more memorable and helped me muster up more enthusiasm for something that has gotten mundane. I am also happy to report that the Runner II held up like a champ. Even soaking wet, I had no blisters, chafing, or discomfort.

4 comments:

blaine said...

Running through puddles sounds like a great training exercise. Much more fun than intervals or tempo runs...

Roisin said...

I want to run like Jack! That sounds awesome! Glad the socks worked out too :)

Ryan Castillo said...

I went through something similar with my shorter runs a couple of weeks ago. For me it was kind of like being burnt out from running. I ended up adding in more cross training to mix things up. I also did a couple of runs with people who were just getting into running. It wasn't my usual pace but being around people that were just getting into it kind of reinvigorated running for me.

Laura said...

It's been a while since you posted... are you still running Quad Cities? I'm coming to run it, and hope to meet you!