Wednesday, 28 December 2016

You Might Think - The Cars

Run Hard or Run Home
Lyric:- 'But I know when you're weak' - Ocasek

Song Choice:- The brilliant 1984 Cars single, 'You Might Think', accompanies today's blog very nicely indeed. Helped along by a huge dose of Mutt Lange production magic (him of Def Leppard, ACDC and Shania Twain fame to name but a few) and an $80,000 video it's well worth another listen, as is their Greatest Hits Album which was one of the first CD's I ever bought back in the early days of Compact Disc Players.

Anyway, today's blog is all about you thinking whom you are, and coming to terms with the results.

Sometimes there's no easy way of dressing up one's findings and being honest about your starting place is always the best way. That's not an excuse to be your own worst critic as self-deprecation is the kryptonite we can all do without. What I'm saying here is just to own up to where you are right now so that you can have a proper starting point and foundation to work from.

I'll start and be honest and own up to my legs feeling a bit battered from yesterday's mountain run but in the true spirit of doing at least something for the next 101 days leading up to the MdS - I decided that a six-mile recovery run would do the trick quite nicely.

Now the beauty of staying half-way up a mountain over the Christmas break is that you can either go 'easy-hard' or 'hard-easy' when you go for a run depending on which direction you take. My thoughts after the first three downhill miles were more go 'hard or go home' as after a few miles my leg muscles seem to fire a lot better than they do when I set out  

You can see how much harder I ran in the last couple of miles here although my heart rate was in the red zone for 32 minutes!

But why worry as after seeing that 80% of 40-60 year olds don't even exercise at all, I feel quite heartened at my progress so far this week. OK its not quite the 75-100 mile mini MdS weeks that a lot of my clients are trying to accomplish this week but it doesn't matter. Managing my own expectations is my focus right now and I'll be back clocking up some more miles tomorrow. Will you? 

I'm going to as I don't think I'm weak...I actually feel very strong - well mentally anyway.

Rory Coleman
980 Marathons - 241 Ultras - 13 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records
22 years, 11 months, 23 days since 5th January, 1994

1 comment:

  1. I have just read your chapter in Vassos Alexandra's book "Don't Stop Me Now". What an extraordinary story. Inspiring.