This Week in Running – Come on baby, light my fire.

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I let my gifs do the talking whenever possible.

As of now, I’ve been running 22 days straight. The double deuce. That’s a LOT of days in a row, seeing as how my last longest run streak was 9. Did I catch a “niner” in there? (Movie reference alert!)

In my quest to run every day this month and survive, I’ve had to sacrifice long runs and fast runs. Here’s the problem though…I DON’T FEEL LIKE RUNNING FAST.

I know that’s ok, but usually I’m itching to get rolling by now. We have Race #2 of our local race series on Memorial Day, but I’m currently happy to just run easy miles and drink coffee all the days of my life. Somebody needs to kick me in the jogging pants.

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My jogging pants. Go ahead and give em a kick.

Luckily, I have friends that will do just that. There’s been Track Tuesday talk (or Track Monday talk). Running buddy Robbie is pushing me hard to push him hard. It might be too late for me to kill it this Monday at the 10k, but maybe the struggle will give me the hunger pains that I need to push myself to the limit again. I like winning things!

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Robbie and I ready to go at it, yet again.

Anybody else getting a little too comfy with running easy? Anybody have any tricks to snap out of it? Come on baby, light my fire.

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13 Replies to “This Week in Running – Come on baby, light my fire.”

  1. Great read Randy! I think this will be a great year. We have both been dealt setbacks some recent some older but we never quit motivating and your a great motivator! Thanks man

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  2. Hmmm…considering that (almost) all of my runs are now easy runs, I may be the wrong person to light your fire. However, I want to read about you killing your next race, so come on! Add a few pickups to one or more of your daily runs, then take the next ones easy. 🙂

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  3. I’ll kick you in the jogging pants for calling them ‘jogging’ pants! 🥾 I feel like warmup pants are more aprops.
    Enjoy the easy running, drinking coffee, and streaking as long as that’s what’s making you happy! You’ll be ready for speed when you’re ready. JFRaDC, friend.

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  4. Nice running streak! I am officially on a walk/run plan as of this week and have completed 2 “workouts” so far (hard to consider them a workout when I’m only running 5 mins max) but it’s better than nothing.

    Hmm motivation to run fast… I’m not the person to talk to since I basically never do speed work. I’ve always relied on doing a lot of runs with hills in them and running with my group once a week (who run faster than me) to help build up my strength. Given I PR-ed in every winter series race this year I’d say I’m onto something but maybe it just works for me?

    I say keep enjoying what you’re doing and make sure you’re doing the cross training – I feel like that adds a lot of strength/speed overall because your body is just in much better shape than just running alone.

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      1. Yep hills are like secret speedwork. While I plan specific hill workouts for my kids while I’m coaching track, I never do actual hill workouts myself. 90% of my runs just include a good amount of hills of varying length/steepness so it seems to work and I don’t have that “Ugh hill workout today?” mental problem to overcome!

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