I was determined to go running today, and to write a Running Commentary post. First task completed! On the the second part…
When I got home from work today, I did not pause and change my mind. I went upstairs, gathered a load of laundry and put on running clothes. You see, I intended to multi-task by putting clothes in the washer while I ran (and felt pretty virtuous about it, since I am not out of clean underwear, nor is Steven out of clean socks). I got the washer going, then got going myself.
I started out in the opposite direction of what I usually take, heading towards State Street instead of German. The reason was that I had noticed a house down the street with Halloween decorations in the front yard. I need a little Halloween! I saw another house with a couple of scarecrows by the porch, so that was nice.
It was fine running weather: not hot, not too sunny. Of course, I was NOT in fine running shape. I’m not even sure when I last ran, but I believe it was more than a week ago. In my defense… OK, I have no defense. It was stupid of me not to run, or at least get some form of exercise. What can I say? We do not always do what is best for ourselves (Oh, I suppose YOU do?). However, I was happy I was out there moving, and I can continue to get out there on a regular basis. I hope.
The house did not have as many decorations as some (not as many as MY house is going to have), but it did look nice. I love Halloween. I ran past it and turned right onto West Albany Street. Hmm… which street should I run up? Not Henry, that was too close. Maybe Caroline and make a BIG rectangle. Instead I went up Margaret, because I did not feel like running around some cars I saw parked across the sidewalk. I should perhaps mention that my body was not best pleased with me. I wondered how long I could keep up even my slow middle-aged shuffle.
Twenty minutes. I could go 20 minutes. Oh dear, I wasn’t even at ten. Never mind. Just keep going. I looked at different houses, envied a few screened in porches, admired some late blooming flowers, and calculated how long it was going to take me to get back into 5K shape. There is a 5K at Cullen’s Pumpkin Farm in October, but that may be too soon. There are usually a couple of Turkey Trots on Thanksgiving, but I might be busy that day. Of course I intend to participate in the Reindeer Run in December (perhaps you read my blog post about last year’s event).
As I ran and figured, I started to feel a little better about moving. Not better enough to go a whole lot more than 20 minutes, but I managed 25. Then I felt pretty darn tired. But that hardly matters. The only other thing I have to do today is make my blog post (what, fold the laundry? Surely you jest!) (and I will call you Shirley if I want to). And here I am over 500 words. Yay me! Now if only I can make it LESS than a week before I run again.