There are so many days when I wake up and don’t want to run.
And when I wait until later, it just seems easier to cut to the excuses. Plus, evenings are usually peak time for bears. Yeeeeah.
I’m just one of those runner types.
It’s one week and a day from the Diamonds 15K. I haven’t done a dry run on the course itself. And last week, we were hit with an insane cold blast that made the treadmill appealing but I wanted to get in as much experience running in all types of weather to incorporating hills and stairclimbing as much as possible. Rumor has it, Diamonds has a beast of a hill just like the Coal Cracker did this summer.
Today…. today was the first nice morning in awhile. A little chilly, but more than manageable. And quite frankly, I could only hope for this kind of weather on the morning of the Diamonds.
Running across Old Rickety.
City Island has always been one of my favorite places and it is the perfect course for a long distance runner with options. You have the Island itself which is a mile then the People’s Bridge which connects between City Island and Riverside Park. You can run in the park or down by the river. There’s several steep staircases allover the case.
Staircases, hills, curves, I hit all of them for a total of five miles without any walk breaks. I put in my playlist and I was just on throughout the entire run. The stairs were really steep so I took it easy but still hustled. Adding in stairs really helps build endurance. I felt my legs give out around mile 2 and mile 4, but I kept at it.
Hoping for a similar outcome during Diamonds. Me and my playlist are ready.
Here’s what’s on my running playlist:
“Disturbia” – Rihanna: I don’t think a lot of people understand why runners go for as much as they do, but it’s always that kind of motivation to peps me up. Disturbia has the perfect beat.
“Diamonds” – Rihanna: The anthem.
“Please don’t stop the music” – Rihanna: #cantstopwontstop
“I Can” – Nas: They don’t make’em like they used to.
“Halo” – Beyonce: The chorus, of course.
“Show ME What You Got” – Jay Z: Middle to end of playlist, makes me go a little harder everytime.
“Outrageous” – Britney
“She Wants to Move” – N.E.R.D
“Happy” – Pharrell
“A Thousand Miles” – Vanessa Carlton