Thursday, October 23, 2008

You're so lucky!

I don’t know how many times I have heard that line said to me. It is usually in the context of when people will see me eating at all hours of the day. The comment revolves around how lucky I am that I can eat so much and not gain any weight. Newsflash!! It has nothing to do with luck and a lot to do with hard work with a sprinkling of good genetics.
It happened again the other day when I was taking my lunch out of the microwave and a co-worker noticed the generous portions of lasagna (vegetarian I might add), that I was having.
“Boy, I wish I could eat like that, you’re so lucky”, was the comment from this lady.
Well you probably could if you had just come back from a 55:30 run in which you covered over 8 miles. You see food for most of us (athletes) is fuel, pure and simple. That’s not to say that we don’t get pleasure out of eating, it’s just that most of us know how the equation works and that inputs have to equal outputs. Better fuel, better performance!
I am lucky, but as the old quote goes, the harder I work, the luckier I seem to get, aptly applies in this case.
I am still in a bit of a holding pattern as far as committing to a race of any sort, although I am in good condition for a half or something like that.
Tuesday was the above mentioned run, 8.07 miles in 55:30 on the trails. It was a beautiful day and I was running effortlessly. The trails are in great shape right now and I was running in my Newton’s which are not necessarily a good off road shoe. However the footing was great and they didn’t prove to be a factor.
Wednesday I had to jam a quick run in as I was busy with work, and then a house showing. So I jumped on the treadmill and did a quasi-progression type run and logged 6.5 miles in 44:36. Nothing fancy, just had to get something done to keep my string of good luck going!
Have a great day!


Jamie said...

Too bad some folks will just never know the benefits of regular training! Food also tastes better when you've earned the right to replace calories.

Blazing speed for 8-miles... well done.

Love2Run said...

Ha ha! Yay to more beer and ice-cream and very well deserved too! I love to eat and drink 'almost' as much as I love to run ;-)

Grellan said...

You are so lucky. I sometimes (moretimes) select very inefficient fuel to power my "atheletic" body.

Thomas said...

Was it Billy Rodgers who said "I can't remember if I eat so I can run or if I run so I can eat"?