Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Good Run is Only a Haircut Away


Seriously.  That is all that I can think to explain it.  I got a haircut this weekend and BAM – the two runs that followed were amazing.  Bird were chirping (I assume – headphones on), the sun was shining (actually, it was before dawn, but it was 90 degrees), and my head wasn’t a sweaty mopball.  In fact, I think I’m going to have all of the people I coach shave their hair Britney Spears style. Might make my job a teeny bit easier.


After a week of 69 “base” miles to get back into the high mileage groove, Tuesday was my return to speed.  Gone were the easy runs at 7:30 pace where I could high five the old lady dog walking club (not really) while singing along to Beyonce Bootylicious (ok, really on that one).  Monday, I ran 2 miles easy, 7 miles at 6:28 pace, and 1 mile cooldown.  It wasn’t easy, but I didn’t die either. Some days, that is all that it takes to be a successful run:  hit the paces and don’t die.  Oh right – and my head didn’t get hot.  Score one for the haircut.

This morning, I ran 14 “midweek long” miles.  Doing a run that long after a longer tempo run isn’t ever fun, but it is a great way to challenge your mind AND your legs.  Like the day before, the run started out a bit of a slog, but the miles clicked by faster and faster and I ended up with an overall pace of 7:33. I was struggling towards the end for sure but my head wasn’t hot and I was able to get through them!


Of course, I know that it wasn’t the haircut. (It was the horse steroids I have been taking. They make my coat soft and shiny.) The temps are still in the upper 80s but the humidity is lower and my legs are getting back used to miles.  But, sometimes all it really takes is some little thing to snap you out of a funk and get you back into the groove.  I was in a funk for sure – but I’ve ran 2 runs in a row that were great.  So, is my funk over? I’m not sure.  But, I’m sure willing to shave my chest to see if I get even faster! 

Why yes, I did think of this blog post on the drive home last night....

10 comments:

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

snort. I saw Britney and immediately thought of comedienne Ralphie May's bit about her. LOL. Go watch on Netflix you won't be disappointed!

Funk is over congrats!!

Quix said...

Yay funk going away! It might be a thing... I thought I had no speed left in these legs but I hit my mile intervals off the bike faster than I have yet. Maybe I just need a haircut to improve EVEN MORE!!!

Running Through Phoenix said...

aaaaaaaaannnndddddd...........all shaved up!

Mike said...

Shave your legs too, unless you already do. Don't all the fast people shave?

Sue's Ramblings said...

I crave for days like this too! When runs seems effortless, so right, being in the moment. Wish there were more of them...maybe I should get my hair cut this weekend!

Neil Zee said...

Eff. I look like an asshole with that hairdo. I better be faster...

Char said...

That's it - my hair's coming off tonight ... maybe.

Shawn said...

Less hair, less weight, better posture, run faster...makes sense to me!

Dani @ Dani, redesigned said...

I agree. I feel like a hawt mess before I get a haircut. After one, I can run a marathon and save a flaming school bus full of children. I don't know how accurate that marathon part is.

gene @boutdrz said...

WHY is there a horse in a parking lot that is clearly built for SUBMARINES??