As I approached Herkimer’s Historic Four Corners on my run this afternoon, I remembered I had pictures in my Media Library I could include in today’s Running Commentary. Lacking a really catchy lead, I decided to open with the Courthouse.
Yes, after almost two months, I returned to running today. My tiresome health problems continue to dog me, but I figured taking it easy was not helping me, I might as well try a little exertion. For another reason, I miss running, and I thought I saw a 10K going on somewhere nearby in April. I can be ready to run a 10K in April. Or I can run it anyways, if I’m not ready for it. But I could be partially ready for it if I started running today.
It was 39 degrees according to my thermostat. Not too warm for leggings and long sleeves. I wore a new sports bra I bought some weeks ago. Ooh, it was soft. I must purchase more new sports bras. I put a sweatshirt and bottle of water on the deck rail, ready for my cool-down walk, and got started.
Regular readers know I prefer to run on the sidewalk. It is safer, and I find it more pleasant. However, winter sidewalks, especially when things have been thawing and re-freezing, can be treacherous. I chose the road, left side facing traffic, as we are supposed to do but many do not. I regretted my choice when I turned onto German Street. Too much traffic! And mud puddles. I decided to only go one block and turn down Henry, a quieter street.
Ah, much better. I noticed the sidewalk did not look too bad and decided to try it. Long stretches were bare and dry, some were merely wet. I shuffled carefully over some icy patches. There were sections of the road that looked worse than the sidewalk, but you’ll have that. I alternated sidewalk and road, avoiding ice and icy puddles whenever possible. I ran up Main Street, which in the downtown area had lovely stretches of bare, dry sidewalk.
It was as I ran by Christ Episcopal Church, narrating in my head, that I remembered about the pictures. There is nothing like pictures to pep up a blog post. I was able to stay on the sidewalk till the 1834 Jail.
Continuing up Main Street in the road got a little scary, because traffic picked up and I had to go around parked cars. Still, every time I looked at the sidewalk, I felt no inclination to go there. German Street was no better, and traffic there was worse. Yikes! I only went one block on German then turned down Prospect. Phew!
I had planned to run for 20 minutes, my usual goal when I have not been running in a while. However, I made it for 26 minutes. As I walked my cool-down, my legs felt TERRIFIC! I kept repeating to myself, I must run or walk every day. We’ll see how that goes tomorrow, when the temperature is supposed to drop, abruptly and considerably. At least it will be Friday!