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....