I was ready to back out of my long run and just do it on the treadmill today after work, and then I learned that my friend Katye finished the Goofy Challenge (39.3 miles) and my friend Erin finished her first marathon. Surely I couldn't back out of a piddly little run when they were completing some serious miles. So I got dressed and got my butt out there (although it did take a really long time. To the point that my husband kept making jokes about me not leaving).
It was a slow run, but I was happy to do it. Okay. That's not true. I was miserable. The wind was absolutely ridiculous and somehow in my face during my entire run. How is that even possible in a looped run? As the wind blew on me at one point in my run, I let out an expletive. Apparently the mini van passing me could read my lips. Thankfully, they laughed. And I have never had such cold cheeks, on both ends. Seriously, I am not a winter warrior.
There's a killer hill in the first 2 miles of my run. And I mean killer hill. I hardly ever make it to the top running, and I always feel guilty for giving up. But yesterday I made a deal with myself. If I ran all the way to the hill, I was going to allow myself to walk 1/2 of the hill-- no guilt allowed, especially since I got out to do my run. And then, as if the running gods timed it themselves, as soon as I got to the hill, the ascent mocking me, growing before my eyes, the "Gonna Fly" Rocky Remix began to play. I just couldn't give up, not while Rocky was yelling at me.
So check the song out (if you haven't already... it's from 2006. My only defense is that I had a kid and am about 3-4 years behind in music that isn't Barney or Disney related). (sorry for the cheesy youtube...)
It's a great addition for any workout playlist. I especially love that Rocky begins his pep talk (just for me, of course). Just as I was about to give in, he told me, "It ain't about how hard you can hit. It's about how hard you can take it. That's how winning is done!"
I love running to this song and have been known to throw my arms in the air Rocky style at the end of the song. Feel free to do the same. People like to smile at me when I do this. I assume they know I've just accomplished something great, and that I'm not crazy, right?