So I went running with the firm intention of making a Running Commentary post, and here I sit, feeling too tired to type a word! And, of course, proving myself wrong by typing in words. Let’s see if I can make the actual post before I have to start cooking dinner.
I seriously thought I would talk myself out of running. After all, I have been doing that successfully all week. Judge me if you like, but the last exercise I got was a half hour walk on Sunday. I really, really want to get back to running regularly and for longer periods of time. Why have I not just gone ahead and done it, you may ask. I have no answer. Still, I felt reasonably pleased with myself when I got home, sat down with the laptop, then realized I was only going to check my emails before GOING RUNNING.
I put on sunscreen before my running clothes. I got a load of laundry ready to throw in the washer. I read recently that you are not supposed to leave the house or fall asleep when either the washer or drier is running. However, I read it on the internet, and I do not believe most things I read on the internet. Anyways, I have been putting in a load of laundry and running while it washed for some time now. If it ever does me dirt, I will write a blog post about it.
Naturally my legs were not pleased with me. That is what you get, I scolded myself. Start running every day and you won’t have this problem, will you? The fact is, it is really hard to keep beginning again. But what else can I do? My choices are: don’t stop running, stop running entirely, or begin again. Obviously the first choice is the best, but how often do I do the best thing? I remind myself that there have been many periods in the past twenty years (wow, has it been 20 years since I joined the army? How the time flies!), that I have been running on a regular basis. I hope I am at the beginning of another one now.
The day was pretty: bright and sunny. In fact, I prefer a cloudy and cooler day to run, but you can’t always get what you want (as the great philosopher Mick Jagger said). I enjoyed seeing the green leaves on the trees. They were large, summer leaves. The delicate, just opening leaves do not last long. That was OK by me, because this kind offers more shade. I enjoyed the shade.
I thunked along, wondering how many calories I was burning. If I had gone to the YMCA, I told myself, I could have been on a nice, smooth elliptical, which would have told me how many calories I burned. Could I believe anything that smooth, though? No matter; I was not at the Y; I was out in the fresh air and sunshine. This was nice.
As I ran, I did not bother figuring in my head how many weeks till I was at 5K shape, if I increased my time by ten percent each week. For one reason, my record has been so spotty about running every week, I may have been doomed to disappointment. I managed to run for 22 minutes, which was how long I ran the last time I ran. I think (too lazy to find my Running Journal and check). I enjoyed my cool-down walk, and especially the bottle of ice water I had left on my deck to drink while I walked it.
I see I am over 600 words, and it is later than the time I had aimed to have the chicken in the oven. Darn! And I still have to add categories and tags, and think of a headline! Well, that’s what I get. I hope to see you all on Lame Post Friday!