The spirit screams gazelle!!

I had not intended for this to be my entry today – I had something else I was going to write about, but after tonight’s run, I decided to delay that one for a day or so.

Tonight, it’s all :O)

I’d planned to go to my running club’s fun run – and Wild Women Wednesday post-run dinner – tonight, but this morning we got the message that “due to the nasty weather it was cancelled”. I’ll note that about 25 minutes before time for the fun run to start we got another message that the run wasn’t cancelled, just the dinner (and not for the weather…so, um, ok?) – but 25 minutes is nowhere near enough time for me to get to Central Park, so it was a moot point.

As it turns out, I had already headed out to Prospect Park for a run anyway as the weather was nice – a bit chilly, but no rain and relatively clear skies…and a bit breezy but nothing like the 50 mph wind gusts we were facing at the Cherry Tree. Absolutely gorgeous!!

I got the Garmin and the Runtastic app started (I didn’t move until both were going) and headed off with 3/2 intervals. The first bit was easy-peasy…but then again the first part is downhill. Once I hit the more level section (I think it’s a slight grade down as going the other way it definitely feels like a slight grade up, but it’s essentially flat), both my stride and my breathing got choppy. I had to whip out the inhaler for the first time in forever, but it helped a lot with the breathing. But the stride in that section never did get settled in. I’m really not sure why…just one of those things I suppose.

And then came The Beast (apparently it’s also known as “Zoo Hill”…but I like my name better). I didn’t have my visor, but I made an effort to not look up…just went. And I swear all of a sudden my stride evened out, my breathing settled even more, and before I knew it, I was almost at the top of the thing. The last little bit, but most of that got covered with the walk interval. I’m not sure I’d use the word “flying”, but I felt…light and energetic and really, really good!!

I don’t have an explanation for it really. Oh I’m sure the lack of headwind gusts of up to 50 mph helped it feel easier, but I’m sure there’s more to it than that. Whatever it is. Nevertheless, it definitely was a good feeling knowing Nashville’s coming up in 2 months (from today actually!!). In spite of anything that has been said about it being “flat” (I can’t find it anymore, so maybe they got intelligent and removed it), I grew up in Nashville. It is NOT flat. So to the degree that I can, I need to get my butt on hills at least a couple of times a week and work the incline on the treadmill when I can’t get outside.

I continued on around the path and as I was entering my next-to-last run interval, “Electricity” from “Billy Elliot the Musical” came up on my playlist (I created a running playlist (that I can add to) that I use on shuffle with Runtastic). And even though it’s about dancing, for me it totally applies to running when everything falls into place. And it totally did from The Beast on.

“I can’t really explain it,
I haven’t got the words
It’s a feeling that you can’t control
I suppose it’s like forgetting, losing who you are
And at the same time something makes you whole
It’s like that there’s a music playing in your ear
And I’m listening, and I’m listening and then I disappear

And then I feel a change
Like a fire deep inside
Something bursting me wide open impossible to hide
And suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird
Like electricity, electricity
Sparks inside of me
And I’m free I’m free

It’s a bit like being angry,
it’s a bit like being scared
Confused and all mixed up and mad as hell
It’s like when you’ve been crying
And you’re empty and you’re full
I don’t know what it is, it’s hard to tell
It’s like that there’s a music playing in your ear
But the music is impossible, impossible to hear

But then I feel it move me
Like a burning deep inside
Something bursting me wide open impossible to hide
And suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird
Like electricity, electricity
Sparks inside of me
And I’m free I’m free”

The song finished before my run did, but I kept going for the last interval and decided to just let fly (and the fact that it was going to be going downhill was practice for letting fly at the end of Coogan’s on Sunday) and like Jennifer Graham said in “Honey, Do You Need A Ride? Confessions of a Fat Runner”…the spirit screams gazelle.

I felt strong.

I felt powerful.

I felt alive.

I like those feelings. A lot.

And that’s why I run. 🙂


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