Regular readers will recall that yesterday I was too tired after my run to make a blog post about it. I went running again today and will attempt to make a Running Commentary post in lieu of my usual Tired Tuesday. In fact, I am tired after my run but feel somewhat revived after my recovery beverage of chocolate milk. I think I can manage at least 200 words. Maybe I can write about both runs. A double Running Commentary. That is appropriate for a veteran like me, because in the Army we called running “double time.” I’ll write it on the double (if anybody just made a rimshot noise, oh just shut up, you know these are the kinds of jokes I make).
For two days now temperatures have been above 40. Yesterday my thermostat said 46, and today it said 50. Woohoo! That is shorts and short-sleeve weather for me. I got some running clothes on and got out the door, first putting a load of laundry in the washer. This is how I multi-task. I did it yesterday, I did it again today. I am way behind on my laundry.
Both days have really not been as warm as I like. It is kind of like the entire earth hasn’t warmed itself up yet. The sun felt warm, but the air felt cold, especially in the shade and/or when the wind blew. No matter. I knew I would warm up as I ran. And if not, I had a sweatshirt waiting for me to wear on my cool-down walk, and the hot shower afterward would feel especially good. I concentrated on how nice it is to have bare, dry sidewalks. Except, of course, for certain patches of ice, mud and puddles. I dodged around them, usually into more mud. You’ll have that this time of year. I persevered.
I quickly realized I was going to have to persevere over my own body’s complaints as well. My legs felt stiff and sore. Yesterday I forgot to stretch out after I ran, probably because I went right down into the basement to put the laundry in the drier. I’m not really good at multi-tasking. Well, one thing I know how to do is persevere. At least at some things. At least for a little while.
Today’s run was two minutes shorter than Monday’s, 22 and 24 minutes respectively. Yes, these are short runs. I have not been running enough lately; I have to build myself up again. I walked for ten minutes both days. Yesterday I also skipped my recovery beverage. You see, the doctor told me I was probably becoming intolerant to dairy. I am not sure I believe him, since this is also the guy that told me sugar was causing all my headaches. Don’t get me started on doctors. Still, I cut way back on sugar and stopped drinking milk, in case I see him again and he asks. However, today I felt so ate up after the run (“ate up” is also an army expression), I said to hell with it, I’m having the chocolate milk. It tasted good. I also remembered to stretch.
Ooh, look at me, over 500 words. That’s pretty good for a Tired Tuesday. Anyways, I’m glad I went running two days in a row. And I’m glad I managed to write a blog post about it.