I found my new favorite way of thinking about bad runs and awesome runs from A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington:
“Some sessions are stars and some sessions are stones, but in the end they are all rocks and we build upon them.”
I love thinking about it this way. I didn’t really mention it on the blog (okay, I did a million times) but my Utah runs were hard, not so fun (unless my sister was with me) and really frustrating. My poor mom had to listen to me get home from my run everyday and talk about how frustrated I was. It was crazy difficult for me to even keep my ‘easy pace’ while I was there. These hard/bad runs are really easy to get frustrated over but we have to realize that they are an important part of training and make us stronger. When I read this section on the airplane on my way home it all made sense to me. The great/awesome runs where we feel really speedy and like we could run for hours are just as good for us as the really hard ones where we feel like we need to lay down on the side of the road are. We take those hard or awesome runs and build upon them to help us reach our goals.
I think I am having sympathy pains for Billy. I feel like I just spent the last 3 weeks of my life studying and taking tests and so that I am justified (and it is necessary) that I stay in my pajamas all day and be even more lazy than I usually am.
Instead of getting up and going running we woke up late, read books, set up our new space heater (it actually gets kind of cold here in the mornings) and other really exciting things.
This is what happens when Billy goes grocery shopping by himself. A pack of sparkling mineral water, two Costco boxes of cheez-its, oatmeal and Ghirardelli. Clearly all that someone needs to survive.
For lunch we had tortilla soup because it was raining outside and soup is the only option when it is raining, it just feels right. We just started watching a show called Flash Point.
We have the jogging stroller out, my shoes are ready to be put on and it stopped running. Time for a Jacobs family run (that just feels good writing it).
Was your last run a star run or a stone run?
Jogging stroller owners… what kind do you have?
Last soup that you had?
Do you make your own oatmeal or use the packets?
-Packets… maple and brown sugar is our favorite.