What do Red Hen and Christy Turlington have in common? Yep, that`s right. Not a lot.
But we both run.
I caught up with Christy(cough, cough) in an article in the most recent edition of The Sunday Times.
In it, the former supermodel is quoted as having said that
`With running, it`s all about pushing past the five mile mark “You feel better then-that`s when your body wakes up” `(My italics)
I was thinking about this as I clipped along a seven mile route around Skerries yesterday evening. I was trying a new route, as I needed it to rejuvenate my running motivation.
But I still felt like quitting all along the first couple of miles. See, I don`t need a running buddy you know when I can keep a whole conversation going in my head
Good Me “Ooohh, this is great. Love the sea and it`s so cooling with that lovely breeze”
Bad Me: Damn. Westerly wind and I`m running straight into it. This is going to be tough”
Good Me “Great! There`s lots of people all around the harbour this evening”
Bad Me: “Well, they`ll have a good laugh when I pass”
Good Me: Don`t be so negative. They`re probably thinking it`s great to see an old lady running
Bad Me:So even you`re saying this lycra get up looks ridiculous?
Most times I really feel like throwing in the towel after a mile of this nonsense. But, pushing past the two mile mark, and I`m beginning to feel like I am actually running. All the crappy stuff is gone from my head, my legs feel like they`ve grown a couple of inches, the whole machine just seems to be ticking along more smoothly.
Not that I don`t get into a row with myself again, you understand, but after two miles, there generally is a significant improvement in form.
Two miles. Not five. And I thought what Ms Turlington`s quote and how discouraging it would be to believe I`d have to wait five miles for Good Me to take over the show.
So, in the interests of research, and in you, gentle reader, I decided to trawl through all the running articles in the world and track down the source of Ms Turlington`s quote.
And, God bless google, but I found it here. Yep, Runner`s World.
Christy: I discovered that you almost always have to grin and bear the first couple of miles, but then that’s when your body wakes up and starts to feel good.
So, Ms Turlington`s mean machine starts to wake up after the first couple of miles as well. Who`d have thought my body would have something in common with a super model`s, eh?
She does state too that “I’ve started to realize that you feel better after the five-mile mark.”
But her body wakes up after two miles.
I wish I`d known that when I started running. It seemed to take forever and an age to push past one mile. And then one and a half. And maybe eventually two. Such a surprise to know that the miles get easier after that. Not that Bad Me never jumps in to converse, mind. But there`s a lot less of her about. And I even, as in yesterday, can get to pick up the pace after that.
I agree with Christy too about pushing on to the five mile point and feeling better. That`s true for me too. Most of my runs are near an end at that point. So, too right, I feel good.
Christy has run a marathon too. Just like me! With just eleven weeks training, she did ran New York in 2011 in 4 hours 20 minutes and 47 seconds. And she had something else to say about her long runs with which I can concur.
It’s almost like meditation for me. I’ve been a yoga practitioner for many years, and I didn’t realize there was as much of a connection between long-distance running and my yoga practice
Ooohh, I get that meditation vibe on my long runs too. And I used to do a lot of yoga
Yes, me and Christy. Perfect running buddies.
So, I`ve more in common with a supermodel than I`d realised. Heck, if this keeps up I might keep those extra couple of inches I feel coming on after the two mile point. Another six inches, and I`d be laughing.
Or at least running on a perfectly decent pair of stilts.
Seriously though, if you`d like to run, remember it gets easier as you go along. Tune in to where your wake up point might be. And if you are already running, could you let me know where your wake up point is?
Maybe, like me, you`ve something in common with a supermodel.
And go on, you can brag about your stunning good looks and great legs too…
- Christy Turlington http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/pc/Christy+Turlington+Christy+Turlington+Runs+JxuREITA-jcl.jpg