Running: The 8-Minute Interval

16 Dec

I held onto the five-minute intervals for a while. I kept at them for an extra week or two because I was struggling with them and then this past weekend they became easy. So stupid. I was fine with the fact that they were tough because that way I could stick with them.

Get this: today the eight minute intervals were also easy.

Dammit; my body is getting good at things I don’t like.

I was anticipating them feeling like an eternity and huffing and puffing through it, but instead I felt strong, comfortable and my mind even went naturally to other places. What is this malarky?! I have been very good at meditating on how much I hate running, and now I’m losing that skill. Now my mind lets go of negativity, looking at the clock and focusing on pain and instead becomes calm and positive. I have even decided that on Wednesday, for my next excursion I will go to the 20-minute intervals that are required of me. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I know I will be able to do it. Who am I?

The run immediately following my 20 minutes straight is run 5 minutes, walk 3, run 8, walk 3, run 5… what?! I’m going back to three and five minute intervals again? How can I hold on to this sense of being better than everyone else if I backtrack to the things I couldn’t do at all two months ago?

Running is the complex monster I battle.

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2 Responses to “Running: The 8-Minute Interval”

  1. Frankie Wellins December 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Wow! I’m impressed (and a bit jealous).For a long time I’ve wished I was a
    runner – but that desire came too late in my life for it to be realistic. So I will just
    have to live vicariously with enjoying watching you live life to the fullest.
    Love you, Grandma

  2. Bill A December 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Have you ever heard of the “Runner’s High”? It happens, one just has to get through the beginning to get there. You go!! (ps, glad to see the posts again.)

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