So I went for a really good run earlier, determined that I could make a Running Commentary post out of it. And here I sit, jumping back and forth between Facebook and a blank “Add New Post” page. How dreadful of me. Maybe if I ate something.
There, I just had a half a tuna fish sandwich on toast. It was pretty good. How about a new feature I’ll call Stream of Consciousness Saturday? Perhaps next Saturday. Today I’ll tell you about my run.
I thought it was going to be rainy today but it has not started yet. The temperature was over 50 degrees, so I happily dressed in shorts and short sleeves. I’m a little dehydrated today, so I ran carrying a small bottle of water. That isn’t really recommended, so I hear, but, as we all know, I do not always do the right thing. As soon as I left the house, though, I knew that going for a run was definitely the right thing to do. It was gorgeous out! The sun was bright, there was just the right amount of a gentle breeze. These were excellent running conditions.
I crossed German Street and headed towards the college. Earlier this week I had thought I would run up the hill to Herkimer College, whether I was ready for it or not. Before I reached that intimidating hill, though, I decided not to do anything so drastic. I would turn into Brookfield Park (I think that’s what it is called; I have previously referred to it as the Unknown Park, because it is not clearly labelled). That would give me a bit of a hill, some pleasant off-road time, and let me out partway up the back way to the college, somewhat near the spring, where I intended to re-fill my bottle once I had emptied it.
Up the hill into the park I went. It was challenging enough. I intend to start running more often starting, well, starting yesterday. Running two days in a row is a good start, I think. I ran slowly. I uncapped the bottle and took a sip mid-stride. This would work. When I crossed the little bridge into the picnic area, I saw a family climbing on the hill. That would be a fun place to explore! They had a cute little white dog who was clearly enjoying the expedition very much. I did not run close enough to them to call out a greeting, and soon I was on the path into the woods.
I do love to run a nature trail. When I am up to really long runs, I will run up to the college and run the real nature trail they have on campus. Or maybe I can talk Steven into driving up there and walking it with me one day soon. That would make a delightful blog post.
It did not take long to come to the end of the trail and be back out on the road. I stayed parallel to German Street and ran past Lou Ambers Drive, where the spring is. Here was another not too bad hill that would take me near Valley Health. I was nearing the end of my bottle, as I had been periodically taking sips. Excellent! I tried to ignore the tantalizing smells as I ran by Salvatore’s. Maybe dinner there one day next week…
As I ran, I really enjoyed the warm temperature. My legs felt supple and strong. My breathing was not bad. I got tired, especially towards the end, but it was a pretty good run. As usual, I spent some time doing the math in my head: If I run x minutes this week, then add 10 percent each week… I was going to be in fine shape for the Boilermaker 15K.
And perhaps I will be in fine shape to continue being a blogger. I perceive that I did manage to make a Running Commentary post. I hope you are all having a delightful Saturday.