Wow, the last two days have been very hard runs. Yesterday's 3.5 miles may have been the toughest miles I've run in the last couple months. I guess Tuesday's trail run really zapped my legs good.
But I did get out and run and it did feel (mentally) good to have run. My legs are still very tired and it will be nice having a day off tomorrow.
During yesterday's particularly brutal run I began to question why I was actually running. And the only thing I could think of was a very insightful email I received a couple weeks ago from a friend at work.
I don't know where it originated from but it's pretty funny.
Here's the email:
(this is taken from one of those chain emails going around)
HEALTH RELATED QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION
Patient: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
Doctor: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... Don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.
Patient: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
Doctor: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables . So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.
Patient: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
Doctor: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!
Patient: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
Doctor: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.
Patient: What are the advantages in participating in a regular exercise program?
Doctor: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!
Patient: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
Doctor: You're not listening.... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?
Patient: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
Doctor: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.
Patient: Is chocolate bad for me?
Doctor: Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans! Another vegetable. It's the best feel-good food around!!
Patient: Is swimming good for your figure?
Doctor: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.
Patient: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
Doctor: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!!
So why am I running??
Yesterday - 3.5 miles
Today - 3.5 miles (and the lawn)
Tomorrow - rest
After that - who knows.... :)