Mezamashii is a Japanese word for "brilliant", and Mizuno Running uses it to describe a perfect run. That run that allows you to lose yourself. That run where you become one with the earth that your feet are pounding. Mezamashii Monday is a weekly post to highlight my most brilliant run in the previous week. Feel free to provide a link in the comments about your Mezamashii Run.
Saturday: October 11, 2014
By all accounts, this run should have sucked. I had run my 17 mile long run the day before and I was also having an incredibly unfortunate visitor for the month (sorry). Nevertheless, I decided it would be a great idea to do my speed work that had been scheduled for earlier in the week.
When I started on my easy 10 minute warm up, my legs felt loose and happy to be moving. I knew I was probably running faster than I should for a warm up, but I just went with it. My Garmin soon beeped to begin my intervals, and I was ready to fly. I pushed the pace in that first 1:00 interval, and I found it hard to reel it back in for the short recovery period. The second and third intervals were more about controlled chaos for me. I would have loved to have maintained that 7:44 pace from the first interval, but I also didn't want to be stupid. I found an uncomfortably comfortable rhythm at about an 8:15 pace so I went with that.
I took a quick break after the first set of intervals to catch my breath and stretch a little. I was feeling pretty happy with how I had done given my circumstances: post long run legs, period cramps, and 100% humidity. Because I still wanted to avoid stupidity, I decided to take the next set a little slower at about an 8:30 pace. I knew I was supposed to be running these intervals at 5k pace so I listened to my body and repeated the workout.
In all honesty, I was relieved to finish the workout. It was hard and I was exhausted. But I kicked the workout's ass, in my opinion. While I'm not foolish enough to believe that I could ever run 26.2 miles at that kind of pace, it wasn't long ago that I would ever dream of running at that pace, period.
And that my friends, is what made this run my Mezamashii Run of the week. I proved to myself that I can overcome obstacles such as being a woman with a uterus, and I also pushed my limits to see how far I've come. It felt good to see my hard work in action when the odds are stacked against me.
Tell me about your Mezamashii Run!
Do you enjoy speed workouts?