Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dancing in Heaven - Q-Feel

It never ceases to amaze me how different I can feel running (or swimming or biking for that matter) from one day to the next. One session makes can make me feel like an Olympic champion and the next makes me feel like the kid who got picked last in gym class (well, as a tomboy, that wasn't me, but I felt for the kids that did).

If you like bad 80s movies, it reminds me of the lyrics of the song Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-bop) by one hit wonder, Q-Feel, featured in my all time favorite movie as a child, Girls Just Want to Have Fun. I can't tell you how many times I have seen the movie, but there were plenty of nights growing up that I would watch it multiple times in one night. I *really* wanted to be a dancer.

Anyhow, back to the lyrics -- part of the chorus repeat is "Slow - slow - quick, quick slow" and that is how my workouts sometimes feel (check out the You Tube link to hear the song), although thankfully my workouts are more like "Quick, slow, quick, quick, slow" ...

The good news is that I try to remember the words of Caballo Blanco from the book Born to Run (I am paraphrasing here because I listened to it on Audio book, so I don't have the book to look up the quote), "When you feel like running fast, run fast, and when you feel like running slow, run slow."

Don't get me wrong, there are definitely times for intervals and speed work, but what I took Caballo's words to mean were simply, listen to your body.

Week 3 of IM training is behind me and my muscle memory is coming back. Getting up early is getting easier, although I do miss the extra sleep. Happy training and thanks for reading!

7 comments:

Jeff Vanis said...

I love the quote, it is so true, simply listening to our bodies makes a huge difference. Staying injury free is the most important part! Good luck as you kick off your training!

Janet Edwards said...

So true! I hear ya with the extra sleep!

Kiersten said...

Is it sad that I knew exactly what movie that song was from before I got to that part of your post? Hello, D-TV?

Caratunk Girl said...

I have been having the toughest time getting up lately. Best of luck with training.

Laura said...

thanks for that quote from Caballo.. I need to listen to that book again.. perhaps on my next two 20 milers... that's when I listened to it last year. :)

Ryan Oilar said...

me and early mornings are not friends. If you've established that relationship, you are a Jedi Knight!

oculartriathlete said...

I think some people are made to get up early some aren't. I always think Mom's do a better job because something about being trained when kids are infants...Anyways..good luck training