Posted by: Steven Hammer | March 24, 2010

A beautiful day for a tempo run

Currently: 50 degrees and sunny, wind 15mph from the west, 59% humidity.

In other words, a nearly perfect day for a brisk tempo run. Some might say it’s a bit gusty out there, but this is Fargo after all. Besides, I think the wind makes up for our lack of available hill training (read: none). Anyway, I just finished my 2mi @ marathon pace, 3X2mi @ tempo pace, 3mi @ marathon pace workout. I’ve mentioned it before, but tempo runs are so good for my brain. I get to play exorcist, get angry, push my body a bit. I love the peace of long, easy runs as well, but running is also my pressure valve and sometimes, well, sometimes I just need to get “it” out…

I’ve been nervous to “publish” my goals here. Not because I think this blog is read widely, not because I fear torment and harassment from my friends who do read it… I don’t know, exactly. I guess there’s a bit of fear of failure going on. I guess if I’m honest I take myself pretty seriously, even though I know better. I think goals and a reasonable amount of pressure keeps me out running and pushing myself. For instance, when I quit smoking last May, I really had to make myself believe that a 5k PR was really important. On the days when I really wanted a cigarette, the thought of not hitting my goal was sometimes the only thing that kept me chomping that disgusting gum.

So, as much as I try to be the zen master, journey-centered runner, I have to admit that I’ve got a pretty competitive spirit. I suppose most people, runners especially, can relate to this personality split. So here it goes–my goals: Injury-free 2010. Qualify for Boston (sub-3:10). Half Marathon PR (sub-1:27:37). Sub 18:30 5k. Finish the 50-miler (although I secretly have a number in my head, too…but I think I’ll keep that one). So there it is. Call it overcoming fears if you like.

I hope it’s sunny where you are, friends. Enjoy the air.

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