So when you go running, do you do it for the "love of the game" or for something else? When I started I got out there each night and did it because I wanted to lose weight and get into better shape. When I completed my first half marathon this past May, I was hoping to just finish without falling on my face in pain. When I ran my first 10 mile jaunt weeks before the half, I said to myself, "why am I doing this?"
Well, it is now 2 months later and the story has changed from that pain and agony to "I like to run." How did I get to the "love of the game" mindset? It is this fact: variety. When one runs, there is always something new to see. If you have been following my #RunningtheWorld tweets, you can see I have ventured to many places and something tends to be different each time whether it is the Constitution In dry dock or a dog walker with 6 dogs! This variety makes the run easier!
Now, what has not been easier for me this week has been my GPS lately! Also variety is now the name of the game with my training! And don't forget Body Glide. Here are a few notes for you to consider.
GPS Follies: At Storyland in New Hampshire, there is a show for the kids called "Farm Follies." In this show there is a scarecrow who sings and dances for the kids. It has a steady audience and is not super long. Now, my Garmin 220 watch can also share some of this shows characteristics: steady viewership/ownership, plays sounds and is a good overall device - except for the fact that lately the GPS has been way off and it is taking several minutes to even find me before I venture out! I am unsure what is going on with it but this is simply annoying and when my iPhone is more accurate than the watch, it makes me question the purchase!
Down by the Bay: I am pretty sure I will be running the 10k in Rye harbor later this month. The Reach the Beach relay is during the middle of September and I want to get one race in before taking on the hills of New Hampshire. The Saunders at Rye Harbor 10k looks like the ticket as it contains some hills here and there plus plenty of scenic views.
Change in Training: Read a ton of research over the weekend on running and came away with the following: I need to switch it up! Added sprints this morning as I have been all distance over the past three months. Ran well this morning and feel great as I type. Will be doing this once or twice a week going forward. Haven't really run sprints since HS when I was 50 lbs lighter! Well I am back in the saddle again.
Beach to Beacon: In terms of races I would like to run in the future, the Beach to Beacon 10k in Maine is it. Great scenic run and plenty of competition as the pics from this past weekend show. It is very popular and fills up so quickly on registration opening. Count me in for next year as I will have my fingers ready!
Fantastic Tweets (from Runnersworld.com): Tes Spiker of Runners World posted some great tweets the other day to their site. Here is my favorite one: "Don't cry because it's over...cry because you forgot Body Glide and it's time to take a shower." (From Meb Keflezighi)
That's about it for this week's addition. Have a great day.