I was twenty minutes into my run when I remembered I had not put on any sunscreen, not even my usual Oil of Old Ladies with SPF 15 on my face. Of course, sunburn has not even been on my radar with our late spring. Additionally, I usually run before 9 a.m. on a Saturday. However, today I did not hit the streets till almost 1:30. Yikes! Naturally I kept running and tried not to worry about such things.
I had slept in this morning, after a late night at the murder mystery party where I had been plied with gin and champagne (full disclosure: I did not put up much of a fight). I had a headache and only myself to blame. No matter, I told myself briskly. I had not been running in three days and I was determined not to make in four. I ran with a bottle of water in one hand. I seem to remember that this is against the best running advice, but that was something else I couldn’t worry about. My plan was to sip as I ran and when it was empty, refill it at the spring. Accordingly, I headed towards Lou Ambers Drive, where the spring is located.
My plan was to run up the minor hill by Valley Health and around the residential area there I call the suburbs. I guess technically it’s not a suburb, but you know how I like to have names for things. There is an epic hill in that area as well as a few more of varying slopes and distances. I did not feel up to anything too strenuous. I wanted a slow, long, easy run.
Guess where I ended up running. Yes, it was the epic hill. I sort of automatically headed in that direction and once I was on it just kept going. Oh, that hill goes on for a long time! Partway up, I thought it would probably be OK if I just turned around and ran back the way I came. Then I reminded myself how stubborn I was. I wasn’t rocking it, but I would not be defeated. The road is a long loop, it goes up, up, up, then down, then up a short ways to meet up with itself. I was SO HAPPY when I FINALLY got to the down part! I noticed that the downhill did not last nearly as long as the uphill before I was headed uphill again. And there’s a metaphor for life, I told myself.
As I ran, I narrated in my head, thinking my blog post would be a long as my run. Now that I am typing, I’m not remembering the good parts. For one reason, my headache is back. No matter. It will go away again. In the meantime, I upped my run time by the recommended 10 percent and I am well on track to being in shape running the Boilermaker 15K. Anyways, do you really want to hear about my puffing and panting? Well, if you do, don’t despair. I will no doubt do more running commentaries soon. Happy Saturday, everyone!
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