It’s a Saturday Running Commentary! You knew I couldn’t spend all my time whining about the difficulty of making posts. A great deal of my time, but surely not ALL of my time (and you KNOW I feel free to call you Shirley!). Do you get the feeling I am in a better mood today? Maybe a little.
I have been running every day since Wednesday. None of the runs has been especially long, but I have gone a little longer each day. And I’ve been running a few hills. I feel I am maintaining and look forward to improvement at a later date.
Hmm… now that I am sitting here typing (on a real computer at Martha Canfield Library, so there’s that), I find myself disinclined to give an actual blow by blow of today’s run, or indeed any of my last four runs. How about a highlights reel? Or perhaps just a few thoughts that have, you should pardon the expression, run across my mind lately.
When I run at home, I have been getting up, having coffee, and talking myself into running. In Vermont, I have been getting out of bed and onto the road. That is actually the way I used to do it on the weekends, get out there before I well knew what I was doing and could change my mind. In the past couple of months, however, I have been waking up with my mind pretty much made up NOT to run. I need that boost of caffeine to get me going.
During the past few days, I have discovered that in fact I do not need the caffeine before the run, and that cup of coffee tastes pretty darn good after a shower. It’s nice to know I can do things differently and still meet with success. At least, some might think I could meet with even greater success, say by running faster and further, but I say, one does what one can at the time. When I was running on Thursday, I reflected that I truly run for myself. I go the pace I want, I go how far I want. I don’t have to worry about meeting any standards, and I don’t. It’s nice.
OK, go ahead and start the lecture about how we set goals for ourselves, push ourselves to do better than we think we can, and meeting standards is an intelligent way to go about things. Full disclosure: I will probably not pay much attention, and I will certainly not change the way I run. I am enjoying it.