I started running again yesterday (Saturday) and had high hopes of making a Saturday Running Commentary Post. Then I neglected to make a post at all (why do I have this compulsion to call attention to my shortfalls?). I think I can make such a post now.
The reason I stopped running was my bad bout with the flu. I started walking again, and that went pretty well. I set Saturday as my run again date. And almost put it off for another day. I waited too long, got too hungry, and had to eat. So I had to at least put it off another hour. Additionally, I woke up with a headache that was getting progressively worse. I tried lying down with this heat-up herbal face mask my mom gave me. It did not help, although it felt kind of nice for a while.
By this time the hour had passed, so I figured I might as well run. Since it was the first run after a break, I only asked 15 minutes of myself. I put in a load of laundry, so I could multi-task (regular readers know it is about the only multi-task I do).
It was cold. I had on a hat and gloves but wished I also had a scarf. Then again, it is difficult to situate a scarf so it keeps my face warm but my glasses don’t get fogged. As usual when I run, I persevered.
And it was not a bad run at all. The sidewalks were mostly bare, and my body mostly cooperated. I kept it up for 18 minutes. I cut my cool down walk short, because one hip was paining me just a little bit. Regular readers may remember that I spent the month of June walking instead of running due to hip pain (at least I think I mentioned it; of course I am too lazy to go back and check). Come on, body, don’t start that on me again!
As I ran, I felt inspired to sign up for the Boilermaker 15K in Utica, NY in July. As I make this blog post, I feel inspired to run again today. Quick, me, get out there before you eat breakfast and have to wait an hour!