Shakira Suggests Rest Day

International Popstar and Sex Symbol, Shakira speaks some words of wisdom in her song Hips Don’t Lie ft (ft means “featuring”) Wyclef Jean:

And I’m on tonight
You know my hips don’t lie
And I’m starting to feel it’s right
All the attraction, the tension
Don’t you see baby, this is perfection

Now, you might think that this would be a reference to women dancing with the Raining Firemen, but it’s not… it actually has some significance in running. No really, it does. Look just because she a global sex symbol doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have wisdom that transcends just lyrics in a song.

Okay, you may have guess that I kinda like Shakira… she’s like my Peanut Butter M&Ms of pop music.

So, what great prophecy does Shakira proclaim in a song about a woman getting all hot and bothered? It’s about the hips. Hips don’t lie.

I believe that the increase of mileage (6 miles Friday, 6 miles Saturday) coupled with my Speedwork from yesterday has pushed my running off the plateau that I must have been living on the past few weeks. My body is starting to change/adapt to the increase of mileage/speed and this is my chance to grab a hold of this chance and increase my threshold. I first noticed this change last night when I went to put on some shoes and my hips (see…) felt a little funny.

Well, not ha-ha funny, but different. They felt, uh… looser, for lack of better description. Not that my hip and pelvic bones were floating around in my midsection, but that I had a slightly wider range of motion. The problem with that is that it felt uncomfortable, but it did make me aware.

So fast forward to the morning, when waking up oh… an hour and a half after my alarm went off. Thank goodness that I get up way early in the morning, else I would have been screwed! My internal clock wakes me up at about 6:30-6:45am and I of course scramble like a mad man getting ready.

Although my lunchtime during the week is the only dedicated time that I have to run/swim, I have decided to take today as a rest day. I mean, my hips don’t lie and so they are telling me to rest up just a bit, so I am going to do just that. Plus, the general rule of thumb is that you should have your rest days after speedwork days and long run days. Now, I know that my speedwork for yesterday wasn’t all that much “speed” but it was enough.

I think I will go to lunch with the old men here to Cool Beans, a bar just down the street right off campus. They have okay food for a bar and the lunch specials isn’t that bad. I wonder what’s on the menu today. I better not tell you what I think I might have, I don’t want to give away that I have an unhealthy diet (did I tell you I want to make Molasses Cookies?)

So, later, I am going to write to Shakira and let her know about her contribution to running. I’m going to ask for a signed 16×20 poster (that’s not too big right?) and see if she’ll write other songs such as Hamstrings Don’t Lie or Knees Don’t Lie.

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I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon