Friday’s (very short) Run (4/29/11)
After a long hiatus, I finally went running again. According to the official record, it’s been 26 days since my last run. That feels correct to me, as I know my fitness focus has been elsewhere: yoga and biking. After the half-marathon, I had a feeling in my gut that I would take a break from running, enough time off to let me miss the sport a bit. In fitness and in romance, a little missing can be a healthy and energizing experience. For running in particular, time off can be good for any niggling injuries to heal themselves without much fuss. (Wait, is this also true for romance-induced injuries?)
This week, I’ve been missing my running routine. I’ve been missing the Thursdays when I would bike to work and then run after work—those days made me feel so healthy and strong. So tonight, I went for a short, 10-minute run. Just a mile. It felt nice and familiar and freeing—nothing between me and the sidewalk but a pair of sneakers. This evening I was reminded of something that Maura once wrote, that the road does not judge us, no matter how long we’ve been gone or how slow we are or how much we weigh. The road welcomes us back just the same, every time. That’s true for me, and one of the reasons that I feel like I will always be a runner, no matter how many days have passed since my last run. I know it will always be there for me.
But I also know that running is more fun if you are fit and feel able to do it. Now that Texas is teetering on the brink of summer, I need to figure out what my summer fitness plan is going to be. My (not so) super secret goal is to be able to run a solid 30 minutes outside, even at the end of August. It scares me to say that, having lived through a Texas August, but there it is. The question is, how should I try to accomplish this goal? Early-morning runs? Late-night runs? Hard-core treadmill time? I need to think about these options, but I know some of you, sweet readers, also live and train in hot-hot places. What are your summer strategies? How do you manage to keep running when the weather is blisteringly miserable outside?
One more thing: happy weekend, everyone! We made it to Friday!