So I went for a run this afternoon, describing the way I move in a most generous fashion. I am still dithering about the Falling Leaves 14K, and today’s exercise did not further incline me to take the challenge. However, one must take the bad runs to get to the good ones. I do not despair.
After work I got myself into running clothes and out the door before I had a chance to talk myself out of it. Earlier I had entertained wild thoughts of running up to Herkimer College. After all, I am running over an hour on the weekends. Surely I can handle more of a challenge during the week (I am calling myself Shirley in this context).
A few steps down the sidewalk I thought I was not up to any challenge whatsoever. I wondered if I was even up to a lousy 20 minute run. Nevertheless, when I had the chance, I crossed German Street. This put me on the path to a few different hills. I thought I could manage a hill. A small hill.
I ran up the hill by Valley Health. As I ran up it, in fact, on the last few times I have run up it, I reflected that it is not an inconsiderable hill. I really must take a walk with my Tablet and take some pictures of these hills. My readers will either say, “Why, yes, that is a hill,” or “What a wuss! That’s no hill!”
When I got to the top of the hill, my legs felt like overcooked macaroni! And I was less than eight minutes into the run! Crap! I continued, hoping to avoid any more major upslopes. There are some really good hills in that area. I hope to run them again but was not into it today.
As I ran on, eventually my legs started to feel a little better. I reminded myself of how I sometimes don’t hit the I Can Rock This stage till a good 20 minutes into the run. I further reminded myself that I have found I can keep running for just about as long as I decide to.
Soon my body was urging me to decide on a SHORT run. I ignored it. My legs felt better or worser by turns, but I persevered and ended up running for 26 minutes. I did not feel terrific on my cool down walk. When I took my shower, I wished I had one of those old lady stools so I could sit down.
So, yes, I can be a big baby about these things. I comfort myself by reflecting that (a) I did so run and (b) I made a blog post about it. Perhaps I can improve on the run and the blog in the future.