“It has been said that the love of the chase is an inherent delight in man- a relic of an instinctive passion.” Charles Darwin
There is something about running that I have missed. I’ve loved getting back into running but there has been a lingering feeling that it wasn’t quite complete. There was a hole in the midst of the daily runs, the cross training and the long runs. I could quite put my finger, er, foot on it.
I finally found it this past week. It was my good friend competition. I never thought I’d see her again. I ran track in high school where everything was competitive. I ran the 200m, 400m and 4x400m. I THRIVE on competition. I liked the hunt of sprinting those distances. You zone in and you hunt people. At least I did. I’d zero in and attack. There is NOTHING better than the thrill of the chase. I loved it and to be honest, I haven’t felt it since high school. I don’t think I’ve been in good enough shape too.
Two things this week seemed to point me in the direction of my lost friend. The first was when I ran a 5k this past week. Although it was at a god awful time in the morning and my legs felt like lead, I was competitive. I could kick at the end and I felt strong through the finish. I was high on the chase. I’ve never felt that before. Until recently, when I get to the end that’s reason enough to celebrate. I had never been to concerned with time.
The second thing was going to see the boy and his team in Johnson City (for the life of me I don’t understand why these meets can’t be somewhere warm) for their indoor conference meet. I love watching track. I love how you can watch the whole race unfold. Initially when I started going I thought I’d like watching the longer distances on the track but would tolerate them only to get to the shorter distances I was more familiar with. I mean that’s how it was when I ran. The distance events only got in the way of my 4x400m. Well, that’s all changed. I love watching the distance. I guess the 100, 200, 400 just don’t satisfy my craving anymore. I need the hard stuff, the mile, the 3k and the 5k. The boy is in great shape now too and more importantly, injury free so he’s experiencing the same thing, which I love to watch. He raced so well! I was so happy to be there and see that. During track season I now get to see what the Boy has dubbed, the Kick of Doom. It’s incredible to watch. I thought I liked to hunt. You should see my boy out there chasing down 1-2-3-4-5 runners. I thought I was going to go hoarse from screaming. It was then that it clicked. That is what I love about running.
All this has taught me that I really need to do more speedwork. That would not only satisfy this junkie’s cravings but help my running and overall performance. I’m think I’m going to throw in some more 5ks into the mix so I can remember why I’m training for this marathon. I’m sure I’ll do more marathons after this first one but I doubt it will be my sweet spot. I do however see myself keeping mileage up as if I was training for one so I can perform better for the shorter distances, 5ks, 10ks and halves. It’s on.I feel like now I can chase my times for these shorter distances.
Tonight is run with EN night. I can’t wait…for two reasons. One- I think the boy is going to come tonight which will be fun. He’s heard me talk about it so much so I can’t wait for him to come. Second- these tend to be the nights when I run hard and fast. I chase and I love it. I can kick it in with the group near the end and come in fast to the finish. Yeah it’s not a race but you have to work for those 2 for 1’s 🙂 We’ll see if I can do this tonight. The EN run is 4.43 and then Christy and I are adding on more so we have 8. When is 8 a normally during the week run?! Well it is now, so we’ll see how my kick does tonight.
Speaking of EN, Check out some of my fellow Nasties’ blogs:
Rod– To me Rod typifies an EN. He’s fun, a great runner and is welcoming. I am still learning and meeting EN people since I am pretty new to the group and Rod is always there to introduce me to people. Thanks so much!
Annie and Cherie.– both are, what I like to call, The Displaced Nasties (how did they both end up in Colorado)? Annie I’ve never met before, I started running with the Nasties after she left for CO but I have so enjoyed getting to “meet” her through her blog and can’t wait till she comes to visit. Cherie has become a friend through Girls on the Run. She’s awesome. She is the one who encouraged me to go run with the Nasties. Thank you Cherie!