I started to make a Running Commentary Post this morning but had a headache. I wonder if I can do it now. We shall see.
It was raining when I got up, around 4:30 (I went to bed early last night), so I turned on the coffee and relaxed for a while. That also gave me time to drink water. Water and coffee, it should have been an awesome run!
Of course it was not. When do things ever go the way I expect them to? NEVER! As soon as I started running, my legs started complaining. What the hell, I had to ask. I HAVE been running on a regular basis. I had had it in my head to run the kick-buttest hill in my area. As I ran toward it, I questioned my intentions. Never mind, I told myself, just keep going.
On the way to said hill, I went up the hill by Valley Health. It was hard! I thought, this is it for me. I would keep running a long run, but no more hills. I ran on toward the kick-butt hill but intended to take the last possible turn to avoid it. Naturally I second guessed myself about this. How could I train properly if I did not run challenging hills? Then again, I have plenty of time before my Virtual Boilermaker 15K to run hills. Then yet again… if dithering burned calories, I would have no problems meeting my weight loss goals.
As I approached the hill and the avoiding turn, I observed a couple of pick-up trucks with some workmen near a house. I thought I would greet them. I like to greet people when I run. The avoiding turn was right before the house they were at. Oh, heck, I thought to myself, let’s get our butt kicked.
“Good morning, fellas,” I said. One man turned around and returned the greeting.
“I is about to get my butt kicked,” I said. He laughed.
And I proceeded to do just that. This hill goes on and on and up and up. Yikes! I have done it a few times in recent memory. They are not good memories.
However, I persevered and made it to the top. Yay, me! What a pleasure to go downhill after! I went up a couple shorter hills before the end of my run. I laughed at them. When I am running with others and we come to a hill, I like to say, “Hill schmill, this ain’t no hill, we got this stinkin’ hill!”
So I ended up being happy I ran the kick-butt hill. I went on to run for a total of 57 minutes, which is my current longest time (set this past Sunday). Then I felt tired and headachey for the rest of the day. What’s that all about? I thought exercise was supposed to make you feel better!
No matter. I ran. I blogged. I wait to see what tomorrow will bring.
Just curious – what is the “butt kick hill”?
It is in the residential area behind Valley Health. I forget the street names. I’ll have to drive there and take some pictures for a future post.