Feelin’ Stronger Every Day & Wile E. Coyote

I had to write to say that these low mileage weeks are the best!  I ran four miles this morning and felt really good all the way around.  I finished the run in 41 minutes – whittling away on the 11 minute miles.  Last week I was shooting so I’m using that as an excuse for the exhaustion but I also believe it was the mileage being put on my sneakers.  This week I don’t care!  I feel good and almost have to restrain myself from running more.  NY here I come.

I saw this article on RunnersWorld.com today and had to share it.  I’ve had a Wile E. Coyote doll in my office for ages.  He’s the ultimate goal seeker – never quits.  Seth MacFarlane did a take-off on what would happen if Wile E. ever did catch the roadrunner – notice the ornament on his TV.  It’s a pretty funny take.

Mark Remy has some great advice – just keep going!

May 14, 2009

A Valuable Lesson… from Wile E. Coyote

Mark Remy
Picture: Youtube/Fuzzy Door Productions

This picture, a screen grab from a DVD by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane — available for purchase now! — is really pretty funny. (Credit where it’s due: I stumbled across this pic on a blog called Popped Culture.)

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It’s more than just funny, though. It’s also pretty apt, from a running point of view. Why? Because the message, while humorous, is dead-on accurate:

Chasing a goal is great… assuming you have another one on deck.

It’s certainly true of racing, I think. Especially for marathoning. You invest so much time and energy,  overcome so many obstacles and endure so much pain, for so long, all while chasing this Roadrunner goal. You’re practically obsessed.

Finally, one day, you “catch” your prey. You run the race.

Then what?

Ideally, you’ll have another goal, whether it’s a different race or training for a PR or, heck, even a home improvement project. As long as it’s something you can focus on, somewhere to channel your energy.

Otherwise, you just might wind up like our friend Wile E. Coyote here: depressed, aimless, out of shape, slumped in a chair staring at your trophy.

And not even Acme Rocket-Powered Roller Skates can pull you out of a slump like that.

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