The scene: a treadmill in the basement
The plot: Woman has to run a 4 mile tempo run (plus warm up and cool down) at a 9:12 pace
Act I: The Warm Up
Should be a mile. At the half mile mark the legs just want to go. Feeling good.
(So come on)
Act II: Mile 1
Feeling good, feeling good, feeling...uh oh. Maybe not so good? What to do? How about a mind game? You can only look at the distance at the end of a song. Change the speed up or down when the song ends. Break it up into quarter mile chunks.
(They will not control us)
Act III: Mile 2
The mind trick is working. That first mile went by fast. Now it's just more sets of 6.5 MPH, 6.4, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5 and on and on.
(Come let the revolution take its toll)
Act IV: Mile 3
Less than two miles left. Doing good. Stay strong. Keep it up. This is supposed to be hard. You love it when it's hard.
(Rise up and take the power back)
Act V: Mile 4
This is it. Pound it out. The faster you go the sooner you'll be done. Imagine crossing a finish line. See yourself pushing yourself. Pushing your friends. Just...one....more....quarter....mile.
(We should never be afraid to die)
Act VI: The cool-down
Should be a mile according to the plan. Who cares if you walk a bit? Get your heart rate back down. Savor the moment. Jog a bit. Hit the half mile mark. Call it a night. You did good. You did great.
(So come on)