Monday, March 14, 2011

Gazelle Day

I just finished reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall last night. This book was incredible and super informative. (If you are into running, you should for sure check it out). One of my favorite quotes in the book was by Roger Bannister- the first man to ever break the 4 minute mile. He said:

"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. it doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle- when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."

This morning I got up at 5:25AM to run. (Let me be clear- I am not a morning person. I'm especially not a morning person the following Monday after Daylight Savings Time begins). As I ran to meet my partner, Darcy, I was thinking about this quote and how I felt more like a gazelle that was going to get eaten than anything else. We did it though, and we slapped some hills around before I came home and crashed on my living room floor for a couple of hours before my kids woke up. It didn't matter that I was lagging a little, all that mattered was that I did it. I ran my best. (5.54 miles with an 8:44 average).

And now I can watch The Bachelor tonight and snack all I want without a run hanging over my head!

When is your favorite time to run? Do you feel like a lion or a gazelle? Any good running books that you couldn't put down? Chantal or Emily?


Dave said...

:( I should start running in the mornings...but I hate waking up early...stupid quote.

kalie said...

Wooten! New blog! I love that you love loving to run. ;)