Last night was the first time in my life that I went out on a run with another person. I know it sounds kind of weird but it's true. I used to despise running and now I almost crave it. Plus, there is nothing more motivating than agreeing to workout with Edward. I know that I am going to be inspired as well as pushed to my limits.
Recap: I was so wrapped up in my sweet ipod playlist that I forgot to keep track of the time but I am pretty sure we were gone for a little over 45 minutes. We ran 4.1 miles (from our place to Kapahulu by going around the golf course on the outside and then back along the Ala Wai Canal). Since it was dark and due to the unpaved streets in some areas and crazy Honolulu drivers, we did stop and wait at three or four lights (this added at least 2-3 minutes to our time). Otherwise, we ran the entire loop.
My run went from smooth and pleasant to tiring to euphoric to never-ending to flat out painful. I notice that I follow a common pattern of enjoyment (so awesome that I get to run in Honolulu at night, it is so perfect out, I love running by the water), euphoria (can't really explain it but this is of course what keeps me coming back for more), accomplishment (yay I got my exercise in, I am running, I am fit, I am strong), and then drudgery (is this ever going to end, I swear the canal wasn't so long last time), and then of course the physical punishment (some pain in the heart or in my side and of course my knees start to cry).
If you haven't tried the following, I recommend: Start your run with Nirvana's Breed. Play My Sharona when you are about to hit your high. Make sure to play Black Kids or Fanny Pack when you are getting a little worn out, they will revive you. Listen to the music, I mean really listen. Try to hear every beat. This really works. When I was in ballet sometimes we would just sit and listen to the music before we danced to it. It's so amazing what you hear when you allow yourself to really take in all the sounds.
Also, I highly recommend Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (2008). Even if you are not a fan of Murakami's fiction (but how could you not be?) I think you will like this book. He's super hardcore and methodical and he has run all over the world.