Earlier today I took a Memorial Day Run, thinking I could do a Running Commentary Post. Of course it is better to do these things right away, but as regular readers know, I do not always take the better course. So, some hours after the fact, here is my post about my run.
I usually like to wear an ARMY t-shirt on these occasions, but I could not take the time to look for one this morning. I put on a big blue shirt I wore a few days ago. I often grab a handy, semi-dirty shirt to run in. It was over halfway through my run that I remembered a few years ago hearing about a thing of wear blue and run for the fallen soldiers. So it seems I did the right thing without meaning to. That doesn’t happen very often!
My plan was to run up to Herkimer College, to the Veteran’s Memorial Park near the athletic field. I have done that before to honor the fallen, at least in my heart. Unfortunately, I have not been running enough lately, especially with the Boilermaker 15K looming, and as soon as I started, I questioned my ability.
My goal. Would I make it?
Let me just pause to call bullshit on some people’s favorite snarky remark when I say I can’t do something: “Well, not with that attitude you can’t!” Every epic failure, and most minor failures I have had, and there have been many, I went into thoroughly convinced I could do the task at hand. Conversely, many of my successes have surprised even me. I said, “I’ll never be able to do this, but let me just try.”
And so it proved today. I just ran to the bottom of the back road (I would not even attempt running up the front way) to the college, which involved going up a small hill, which was not fun, but I made it.. There was a dead end street with a further slight incline. I thought I would run up that and back, to see how it went. Not too bad.
Well, just start up the hill, I thought. Make it partway and turn around. Just make it to the path into Brookfield Park. Then I thought to make it a little further. Just to that curve. Now I was so close to the college, it seemed foolish to turn around. After all, I did not have to go all the way to the Memorial, clear on the far side of campus, a gentler slope but still uphill.
This was taken in October, and doesn’t really show how steep.
Thus by gentle stages I coaxed my way to the Memorial. I even went a little beyond it to go behind the athletic field and run down the other side of campus to the steeper hill back down to the village.
Another view of the park.
I felt fairly pleased with myself for persevering. And now I feel pleased with myself for making a blog post about it.