I haven’t been posting much lately as I have been going through the roller coaster of training devotion and inspiration which gets me feeling depressed and down on myself for not sticking with it. When I have run I usually feel great for completing the run, however I have been using my hip as a bit of a crutch, sure some days it hurts like hell, but other days it is sore and would probably benefit from a good run at a slower pace. That is another part of my problem. Psychologically the slower paces I have been running make me feel…well…slow. Not that I am a burner or anything but being slower than my normal slow self isn’t sitting very well right now.
A few weeks ago I was also complaining about the heat. It is still flippin’ hot here (91 degrees today, the normal temperature is 77) but the mornings are great and so are the evenings once the sun starts to go down. I am just not feeling it right now. I think what I need to do is go run a race and get the juices flowing again. Have that desire to wake up in the morning and feel that muscle fatigue way down in the muscles, several inches below the surface. You know that feeling when you are pushing the most miles you have ever run in a week, you are sore and tired, but the only thing you want to do is lace them up and go for a 10 miler. I miss those days. I want them back. I know I am getting older, but I can also be getting smarter. Instead I am becoming more cynical.
So, here is some quick inspiration. I saw a thread on a message board today about a kid in South Carolina who won the state cross country meet wearing which state of the art running shoes? Maybe a pair of the newest, lightest trainers, or perhaps some type of shoe that is designed to support his gait and stride type? Nope. Dude straight up wore his Air Jordans. Don’t believe me, here is the picture.
Cool hunh? Class 1A champ Chad Hampton. Results are here – http://bit.ly/2ESMWd
This video usually does its job to inspire me.
But most of all I should be able to find inspiration in the veterans who have given their lives to protect and provide this country to me, to you, and to all Americans. Think of the kids who don’t have their dad or mom at home this holiday season, and the ones who will never have them at home again-those who gave it all so to speak. When I want to whine and be lazy I need to think of those people. I didn’t intend for this post to go in this direction, I was just trying to clear my head and find a way to get my lazy arse to change and go run. But with all that has happened in Texas this week and seeing all of the veterans at my kids school for the assembly today it got me thining.