Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Quiet Place

This morning was my last long run of my current training cycle. Scheduled was a 16 progressive with the last few miles at race pace, and from mile 1 I could tell that my legs just weren't up for it this morning. Rather then make attempts to fumble through what would become a botched and miserable 16 miles, I made the decision to run without concern to pacing and instead focus on the beauty of the lakefront.

Okay, so it wasn't a terrible run it just wasn't the workout I planned...and thats alright. Not looking at my watch and allowing my thoughts to be distracted caused my splits to be all over the place and for me to be a hot mess when I walked in the door. I may have had a little temper tantrum this morning when the hubby finished all of the milk in his cereal and my dreams of my usual extra foamy latte to compliment my hard work disappeared. I am a wee bit cranky when my routine is broken.



15 committed weeks of training have been put into these legs in hopes that next Sunday I will be crossing the finish line of my half marathon sub 1:30. With 8 days to go, I opted to take this mornings run to be a time of reflection and appreciation for my body and its accomplishments. Truthfully one hard workout at this point really will not make a difference. On the back end of my run I made a stop at one of my favorite places in the entire city, the very end of Navy Pier. While most people know Navy Pier for its attractions, they have not yet had the chance to experience the other more serene side of the pier that rarely occurs. It can be quite difficult to find peace in such an urban area, but I have found it on the pier on early morning runs before the hustle and bustle of tourists with their cameras and baby carriages fill the space with laughter and chatter. This has become my unsuspected quiet place.

I was lucky enough to make it to the eastern most point of the pier this drizzly morning where the lake was as smooth as glass and there was not a single other person around. I could have just continued on mindlessly but instead decided to revel in this rare occasion and stop to take in the beauty of the city and spend some time with my thoughts and my God. It was just what I needed.

I don't know what next weekend will hold for me, do I hope that it is a 1:2X:XX finishing time? Yes. But it may not be. I feel strong, and my head is in the game but I know that there are a million things that could happen in the next 8 days and PR's are hard to come by. Maybe it's not my time to break 1:30, maybe it is...who knows. Either way I feel confident that I gave it my all during this training cycle and it's now time to enjoy a well deserved taper.

Do you have a running quiet place?

13 comments:

  1. Yes, it's the Mallard Creek Greenway and I went today to run and there was no more parking so I had to go back home! I was so disappointed, I really needed that change in scenery!

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  2. my favorite spot spot near our house is a 2 mile trail that runs along a river... there usually aren't too many people back there, so it's so peaceful!

    hope you don't get too nerve-wrecked over the next week waiting to run your half. hope that your hard work pays off, and if it doesn't sounds like you're in a great place where you have a good attitude about it.

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  3. I'm still exploring routes in my location, as I've only lived here for nine months. Right now, though, my favorite spot to run is on a bike path through a wooded area. It's peaceful and pretty.

    I hope your training helps you to reach your goal next weekend!

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  4. Just found your blog and I wanted to say hi :) My running place? I don't really have a "place" - pretty much it's anytime that I am not running with music. A lot of people use running as a time to think about things, hash out arguments, etc. Not for me - I totally zone out, my mind is a complete blank. I think it's a blessing. The only time I'm not distracted.

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  5. Hahaha I can totally relate to getting bent out of shape about your milk being taken! I'm such a routine person, especially in the mornings! 1/2 the excitement of getting out of bed is making teh perfect up of coffee :) Good job getting through the run today...never forget how awesome it is that you ran 16 miles, most people never do that in their lifetime!

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  6. I think the runs where you don't stress about the pace and really enjoy being out there makes a hug difference, mentally. I don't feel worn down after those kind of runs.
    I'm a HUGE creature of habit as well. Throw off my morning routine and I'm mega grumpy.
    :)

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  7. Ok.. that coastline.. is phenomenal.. that makes me wanna go back to Chicago.. Navy Pier and Wrigley.. etc.. Great stuff. In the summertime. 1st time I've seen ur blog. Cool stuff. Nice final mile on the run. :)
    Gotta Run,
    Mike
    WhyMarathon.com

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  8. My favorite running spot is, unfortunately, way back home in Georgia and a long way from my apartment here in South Korea. But, I will be home visiting this summer and I cannot wait to hit all of my favorite running spots.

    It sounds like you have a really good attitude going into this race, which is awesome. I'm hoping that I can maintain a level head before my first race next month.

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  9. Hi! I just found your blog. You are an amazing runner. and so fast! Running is my happy spot, I love to run the road that follows the creek by my parents house. Its so calming!

    Good luck with your race it looks like you have trained very hard for it!

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  10. You have a put in a lot of hard work towards your sub 1:30 goal, I hope once race day comes everything with fall into place! Great run as usual, enjoy the taper!!! :)

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  12. our bodies are amazing, and I OFTEN think about how lucky we are to do what we do. Good Luck! Love the awesome attitude!

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  13. you can do it! you got this! you are a speedy girl! relax and don't worry about it, being rested and fresh will be your best help!

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