Vacation and Thursday’s Run (9/23/10)
I’m back in Texas after six days in the Mitten State, home of the tall trees and my beloved family. It was a slow, lovely vacation. I played with my niece, ate delicious food, took some amazing photos (if I’m allowed to brag), and went for slow walks around the neighborhood. I had a great time, I barely exercised at all, and I certainly didn’t go running. But it’s all good because that’s what vacations are for: rest and food and enjoying your favorite people.
(The photo above is a view of my brother’s backyard. He and his family live on an acre of land in a suburb of Detroit, and most of the yard is a field filled with goldenrod and tall grasses. The trees outline the edges of the property, and around the field is a path that’s been mowed through the grasses. We like to take my niece for “hayrides” around the field in her jogging stroller. In the wintertime, I hear that there are slayrides around the field.)
I returned home late on Tuesday night. It’s been tough trying to transition back into work mode after such a nice vacation, in part because it’s such a grueling trip to travel from Michigan to Texas. I’m happy that I made it to Friday and that I have most of two days to rest and recover from all the activity.
I did, however, lace up my sneakers and go for a run last night. I haven’t been running much, and I know that the time has arrived for me to get serious about my half-marathon training. October is the month when the mileage needs to start increasing, which means I’ve only got a few more days to physically and mentally prepare for that commitment. I think I’m ready.
Last night’s run was an easy ten minutes around the neighborhood, just to remind my legs that yes, they can run! It was fun. I felt like I could have run more, but I didn’t want to overdo it, so I kept it short and sweet. Tomorrow, I hope to hit the pavement again—perhaps for twenty minutes this time? That’s not too ambitious, right?