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Out There: A Champagne Toast to The Mile

March 27, 2014

But the Mile doesn’t care about my comfort zone.

By Susan Lacke, Competitor.com

Susan Lacke recently signed up for a Mile race — even though she’s nervous about stepping out of her comfort zone.

The marathon is like a fine cognac—it’s not something you imbibe in every day. On the special occasions when you do open the bottle, you savor every second. You swish it around in your glass, smell it and relish in the complexity of each sip.

Racing the Mile, on the other hand, is a shaken bottle of champagne: wild, effervescent, and will explode all over your good shoes. It goes down quickly, leaving you tipsy and giggly. Sometimes, it makes you puke in the neighbor’s bushes.

I’m a cognac gal, myself. When it comes to training, I’d rather savor my time on the trails. Nothing makes me happier than taking in the sights, sounds and smells of my surroundings during a long run.

So why, pray tell, did I sign up for a champagne race this week?

“It’ll be good for you in a masochistic kind of way,” said Coach Dude. “The Mile is a different kind of hurt. Get out of your comfort zone!”

“But I like my comfort zone!” I whined.

Continue reading at: http://running.competitor.com

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