Monday’s Run (7/26/10)
Will wonders never cease? I ran outside last night. Wow. It was awesome. A storm system had drifted into the area, bringing with it rain, clouds, and cooler temperatures. I must have been working when the rain fell in the afternoon; I saw puddles and clouds when I left work but the rain had stopped. All the signs pointed to one thing: run outside now.
And so I did. It’s hard for me to run outside these days. My legs feel rusty, despite my treadmill running, but still, I was overjoyed to be outside, running, in Texas in July. I was definitely not counting on any outdoor running this summer, so every time I get a few minutes of it, I am thrilled to pieces. And so I run, slowly, a little painfully, and I think about how in a few months, every run can be outside. I can’t wait.
Last night I ran an “easy” (meaning slow) 20 minutes out and back. I was quite pleased that I ran without stopping, as one of my goals for the half-marathon is to take fewer walking breaks, which I think will be key to my reaching my big goal: to break two hours. Right now, I cannot even imagine running for two hours, walking breaks or not, but I know it will happen. Every enormous goal is really just a thousand tiny goals that add up to something great. Last night was 20 minutes of goal-reaching one-foot-in-front-of-the-other running, no matter how slow it was. It felt great. Let’s do it again!