Saturday, September 17, 2005

When it Goes Good

When it goes good it goes fast.
When it goes good you fly like the wind.
When it goes good it goes relaxed.
When it goes good you are a champion.

You are winning a race in your head and the ESPN commentators are singing your praises.
"Now, Bob, this is where Woodward really toys with her competitors. After letting them stick with her that last mile she is off to the races up these hills."
"Yes, Steve, we have seen her beat many World Champions with her strong legs up the hills during these mountian speed trials. Time and again she leaves them behind with her incredible endurance up the steep banks."
"AND THERE SHE GOES!!! -passing the walking wounded. Quite a feat to do this seven years running but you know we both saw it coming!"

When a run goes good, yes, you feel like Lance Armstrong.
You run so fast you feel like your feet might leave the ground.
You see the world as crisp and full of life and you run with it.
You feel the strength in your chest as you push through wall after wall of resistance, to new levels of speed.
You beat yourself.
You beat others.
You are victorious!

You are reeping the benefits of your last long run, where you went further and harder than ever before. And now you are on the other side of a long season of training and you think, "I get a short eight today."

And the short eight is easy, fast, fun, incredibly fulfilling. And you have to stop and be proud of yourself and just thank God you have the body to take you there.

When it goes good it goes REALLY good.
When it goes good you might keep running forever.
So what's stopping you?


Note: So if you haven't tried running you really should because it really does bring joy to one's life. It just might take you a little while to get there. But it is SO worth it. I have yet to meet someone whose really tried it that doesn't agree.

9/17/05
8 miles (steep hills-who cares)
1:45:00
could have run 8 more!

2 comments:

Erin said...

LOVE the sportscaster commentary. I may have to steal that one later. :)

How funny that we both did 8 miles this weekend & we both had great runs. I did mine in just about 2 hours. (I'd know the exact time if the friggin' running watch I ordered more than three weeks ago would ever get here!) This was the 1st time I really felt happy & great while running. It could be addicting!

BigRedYamaha said...

Amen sister. It took me around 2 hours too. That is crazy that we ran the exact same distance.