It was a beautiful morning here in the Pacific Northwest. The sun was shining, birds were singing and the air was cool and dry.
It could have been pouring rain, however, and I still would have thought it beautiful.
As I left the house I thought “nice, easy and very slow.”
I walked to the corner, looked up at the pretty blue sky, hit my Garmin, took a deep breath and ran.
Instantly I was at peace. Instantly.
I went down the street, took the first corner, and then the next and started a relatively long straight. As I passed the silent houses at 7 a.m., on a Sunday, I wondered, if someone actually happened to be looking out their window, how strange I looked. For the life of me I could NOT stop smiling. I tried. I just couldn’t do it. I was THAT happy. If they thought I looked odd then, when I hit the one mile mark they surely would have thought I was crazy. My Garmin buzzed on my arm and I looked down to see I had run the first mile in 10 minutes flat. I laughed out loud, jumped up and down a little bit and clapped my hands together as I continued to run. Ten minutes? After 5 weeks off? Intentionally running slow, easy and controlled? So happy.
I had given myself the talk about it being okay to walk if necessary. Five weeks off is five weeks off. “Walk if you must girl, it’ll be okay. You’ll still run your 50K, you have two months left to train! You got this!” But I ran the whole 3. When my Garmin buzzed at 3 miles I stopped it and walked on home. I was less than a half of a mile away, but I had promised Dr. Grant I would run no more than 3 and I intended to keep my promise.
My promise was kept and as the day wore on I felt some soreness, tightness and a preview of what will likely be worse in the morning. No complaints here. I wouldn’t trade this morning’s three miles for anything.
I have no idea why I love running as much as I do.
It’s not a question I need answered.
I just know the love is real.
As much as I’m looking forward to Monday’s massage, and you know I am, I’m looking more forward to Tuesday’s three mile run!
Everything is right in my world again!