Wow, the title to this blog entry sounds DEEP. Like you're about to find out what happens...when people stop being polite, and start getting real...
UGH, NOPE! Just ran without my Ipod today. Haaaaaaaaaaa! But, I'm proud! Two days of running totally unplugged, and both were great workouts! I'm sure my blog entries over the past few days are quite ridiculous to some. You may be thinking, "Why the heck is it such a big deal to run without an Ipod?" I think that's a great question. The best answer I can give is that it's one more step for me in the direction of becoming a "pretty good" runner, and eventually becoming a "GREAT!" runner. I've been sitting comfortably as a "good" runner for awhile now, and it's time to take it up a notch! I have the determination, will-power, and confidence to do whatever it takes to be a "GREAT!" runner. When I'm a lil old lady telling my grandkids stories of my running career, I don't want to say, "Well, if I..." I rather it be statements of "I did..." So, the time is NOW to take the steps I need to become a better MP :-D. Running without the dependence of good tunes, but relying on my own inner running spirit, is a good start!
I covered 4 miles in my 30 minute tempo today. I did the usual 10 minute warm up, but did more of a gradual acceleration and ran 5 minutes at about a 7:20ish pace, ran 10 minutes at a 6:50ish pace, and then did a 5 minute cool down back home. I did this in the a.m., and it was HOT. I was literally glistening in sweat when I got home (gross, sorry for the over-share) and I was dripping all over the place. I had some cold water, got in some pilates, and went to class. Working out is the BEST start to the day...I wish I could do it during the school year. But, for now, I'll save the 4am workouts for the day I have kiddos. :-)
Tomorrow, I have a 6 mile pace run. I will be up EARLY, and this run will also be UNPLUGGED! I'll let you know how it goes.
My weekend plans include a rest day Friday followed by the Strongsville CLE Clinic 5K Saturday and 8 miles on the Tow Path. WOO! :-)