Weird metaphors and redemption runs: week in review

I was about to type “I dragged myself through life last week”, and realized I wrote basically the same thing in last week’s past. At least dragging is a form of movement, so my life is not stagnant. In keeping with that theme, here’s what I dragged myself through last week:


My Monday run was trash. To be fair, this was (at least mostly) my fault. I had both tuna and avocado in my lunch, and it wasn’t until I was queasily trying to push through a fast interval that I considered how much fat that is. Umm…duh, self. I cut my losses on the intervals but only cut the run short by about half a mile. Important lesson: easy runs are fine while you’re still digesting…hard runs are not.

I switched up my usual running schedule to do an easy run on Wednesday. The pace was slower than I’ve run in a long time and I felt like it would be impossible to go any faster (at an easy effort). At some point during the run I decided maybe focusing my form would help and started telling myself: “engage core, fire thrusters [i.e., glutes], blast off”. Yes, like a rocket. Good running form is like being a human rocket. That’s your weird metaphor for the week.

I put off my final run of the week until Sunday, but it was worth it because I finally had a good run. I did intervals at estimated 5K pace and I think this was the first run where I’ve been tentatively optimistic that I could actually run the full race at a fast-for-me pace.


I booked flights for Christmas. Goodbye, money.

I planted some garlic.

I went to the library 3 times – just to return books or pick up books I had on hold. Still the best kind of errand though.



What’s the weirdest running metaphor you’ve heard/used?

Linking up with Meghan for week in review and HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for Weekly Wrap

15 Comment

  1. Glutes=rocket thrusters….LOVE IT!!! That’s a great metaphor and one that I will be engaging more off. Lol!!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Glad it makes sense to you too!

  2. I have found that slow runs where I just focus on form have really helped to improve my running! So well done for doing that! Some weeks are just one big drag, lol!
    PS: Love your use of metaphors!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Yes, slow runs are great for focusing on form!

  3. At least you were running. I’m impressed. Also you remind me I need to plant garlic. Thank you!
    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets recently posted…Week in Review: The Social Edition (#106)My Profile

  4. Running is running. Not every run is going to feel fantastic…we need a few bad ones sprinkled in now and then to keep us on a quest for greatness 😉
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Ah yes, that must be what the bad runs are for!

  5. Dragging is most definitely a form of movement! I tend to focus on my form when I’m super tired on a run. At least it’s something that feels productive. Congrats on a redemptive Sunday run. Thanks for linking!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Yep – can always focus on form, no matter how tired.

  6. Wendy says: Reply

    Firing the glutes–cracks me up every time! I think yoga has more weird metaphors than running. “lift your kneecaps” and I can’t think of any others right now, but you know what I mean!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      “breathe into ” is the yoga one that always gets me.

  7. I’m always guilty of eating something silly or not drinking water before my runs. Then I feel like crap and can’t figure out why. I picked up a ton last time I went to the library so I’m trying to work my way through. It really is the best errand.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I drink a ton of water during the week, but then I kinda forget about it on the weekends and then wonder why I’m more tired on weekend runs…

  8. It’s not a running metaphor but I was talking to my girlfriend about fencing (the sport) as her kids do it and she said “it’s like playing chess with your body” and now I can’t get the image out of my head
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      That sounds…very complicated, haha.

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