Runnin’ Down a Dream

I have an eclectic mix of music on my playlist called “run”. When I have a speed workout on the treadmill this playlist gets me through. One song I have is Tom Petty’s Runnin’ Down a Dream from the album Full Moon Fever. The album was released in 1989 and I bought the CD that year, it is the last song on the “first side”. How I know this is simple, for those readers who have the CD I hope you are smiling in agreement. After the song finishes there is a pause and then Tom Petty begins speaking: “Hello CD listeners. We’ve come to the point in this album where those listening on cassette or records will have to stand up or sit down and turn over the record or tape. In fairness to those listeners, we’ll now take a few seconds before we begin side two… Thank you. Here’s side two.” I don’t think even he knew what a classic that comment was.

During my speed workout this morning this song came on and I realized there are a few lines in the song that fit my run training. My dream is to run faster, in the past it never would come to me as quickly as I’d like, however I am now training in a way to improve. I saw it today too as I did sets from a mile down to 200 meters increasing the speed each time. I was running between 9:27 down to 8:00 minute mile pace. My heart rate peaked at 156, last week it was 157 and I had stress in my lungs the rest of the day. Not today. Why it is different today is a mystery, like the song says, I am working on a mystery. During the run and after I felt so good, like anything was possible, and I still do now.

I lifted weights this afternoon and now I am sitting poolside, my summer treat. It is hot but it is a beautiful day, the sun beat down so I am sitting under an umbrella. Today is just one of those days when everything clicked. Nothing spectacular has happened, but I know there’s something good waitin’ down this road. There is always something good in each day, even the darkest. As I have said before, sometimes all you have to do is look up.

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