I would like to think Saturday Running Commentary is back. However, I can’t be sure. At least I ran this morning and I will try to write about it.
We had gotten up early for a Saturday, because I have this nagging cough that wouldn’t let me sleep (yes, more whining about my health woes, don’t judge). Going running wasn’t even on my radar, but coffee was. Two cups. AAaaahhhh. I love coffee. I also needed a shower. Well, I didn’t want to shower and then run. One runs then showers. So I decided to run.
By now I had been up for almost two hours. I was quite hungry. At this point, I would usually eat something and delay my run. However, I had read that if you run before eating in the morning, your body will burn stored fat, not the healthy breakfast you just ate. What a concept! I have PLENTY of stored body fat. This was going to be great.
It has been so warm these last few days, I thought, I could probably run in shorts and short sleeves. Um, no, my thermostat said the outdoor temperature was 30 degrees. Leggings and long sleeves, definitely. And my toque, of course. After I started I wished I had searched out the extra warm running pants my sister Victoria gave me as well as a pair of gloves. No matter. I wasn’t going to run long.
It was 7:22 by my watch when I started out. On a Saturday, that is still early enough for sparse traffic. Excellent. I could cross German Street. I wanted to run down the path over what used to be a hydraulic canal, which begins a block beyond that sometimes difficult to cross street. The sun was bright but still low enough in the sky that I was often in the shade of houses. I could feel the warmth sometimes. Ah, better. Then not so much. Damn. Then I felt some breeze. I KNOW that was not from me running fast.
After a while I could feel the wind penetrating my toque. That was unusual, and chilly on my sweaty head. My hands were soon stiff with cold. No notations in the Running Journal till after my shower. I have been quite remiss about making notes in my Running Journal. I’ve been jotting down the date and time run on odd pieces of paper, meaning to transfer the information and, well, I just haven’t. And now I can’t find all the odd pieces of paper. Finally I made a note in the Running Journal to that effect and once again started over. I know, what a recurring theme for my running. I say, at least I DO begin again, eventually.
It wasn’t such a bad run. I started feeling tired a little more than halfway through but not too desperate to stop. My breathing wasn’t bad, although there was no chance of doing the “in through your nose” thing. Still, that is usually the case with me, so I tried not to let it bother me. My throat was not best pleased with me, of course. I did mention that nagging cough, didn’t I?
So I ended up running 25 minutes and walking for 10, the same amount I did earlier in the week. It has perhaps been too many days between my runs, but, well, not to whine more about my health problems, but… you know.
As I was running I made the decision NOT to run this year’s Boilermaker 15K. I do want to run more and continue to get back into shape. I subscribe to the saying, “If you are too busy to exercise, you are too busy PERIOD.” However, it is one thing to get exercise and quite another to train for a challenging 15K road race. I can still get plenty of Running Commentary blog posts. As always, I hope you’ll stay tuned.