I am hoping some of the readers of Monday’s post are curious to know if I once again found that running four days in a row is the Way to Go. I’m afraid I’m still on the fence, but I ran and thought I’d make a Running Commentary post.
The weather reports said it was cooler out today, you’ll need a jacket. I didn’t go that far, but I did put a sweatshirt on my deck to wear on my cool-down walk if needed, and I made sure to wear a headband to cover my ears.
Right away it did not feel terrific. My legs were not happy and my knees hurt. What the hell, body? I thought. However, as long as I had gotten that far, I would continue. I could make it a short run. You can do those things when you run a few days in a row.
Kids were walking to school. Maybe I’ll try leaving earlier next time. We don’t usually get in each other’s way, but I feel a little self-conscious, especially when I am headed in the same direction as them and it takes me forever to catch up. I saw a young woman cross German Street, which was what I wanted to do, since I had it in my head to run up the hill by Valley Health.
My good time to cross made me practically run into her. She looked amused (I probably do look comical) and wished me a good morning. As I ran on, I heard behind me a car stop and offer the woman a ride. From her grateful “Yes, please,” I hypothesized that she was headed up the hill to Herkimer College. I may be running that hill myself later this week.
For today, however, I contented myself with the smaller hill. It was enough of an effort at the time. I continued on into the residential area, avoiding the hills and working my way back in the direction I came from.
As I went, it became not a bad run. I don’t think I got a dose of endorphins, but I did feel some of the antidepressant effects of exercise. My legs settled into things, even my knees, and my breathing felt OK.
I ended up running for 25 minutes. As I started my cool-down walk, I said good morning to a neighbor sitting on her front stoop.
“Good morning,” she answered. “Do you feel good after your run?”
“I sure do,” I said. “And the best part is the walk around the block after.”
I did feel good. I wonder how running five days in a row would feel. Maybe I’ll see how many days I can go. As always, I hope you’ll stay tuned.