One of the purposes of my blog is to write down my thoughts after I’m done with my run, because there’s a whole lot of something going on up there while I’m running. But when you distance yourself from the run with a day of work in between, the thoughts tend to dissipate. At least until the next run, and then they come back full on, with even more and different thoughts. I’ll have to get better about writing sooner… or get up earlier, ugh.
Today I had a nice 4-miler to complete (yesterday I ran 3). It was a beautiful morning as the sun and the birds woke up (those bird things are actually quite deafening first thing). I had my usual Breakfast of Champions of black tea and GU, then I hit the trail. Now I don’t need lectures about how I should eat something before I go out on a power run. It’s hard enough to gag down the GU first thing, let alone a piece of toast, but I know I need something and GU is simply a wonderful packet full of energy once it hits the system. Love the stuff! Okay, don’t love the consistency but do love the wonderful things it does for the energy level!
I’m getting really tired of going up and down hills, so like I said, I hit the trail for an out and back, which is not too-too bad with changes in elevation. But I have to admit, it gets kind of scary out on the trail that early in the morning. I have a fabulous imagination and sometimes it gets the best of me. I’m not worried about an actual person trying something (I know my strength when the adrenaline hits, they wouldn’t stand a chance), but it’s all the animals that I could possibly encounter. Especially as we’ve had a cougar sighting nearby, yes, on the trail. Now THAT makes me nervous. So as I’m running along, I’m looking behind and into every bush and tree that I possibly can and trying to make lots of noise so I don’t sneak up on anything hunting for food. Thankfully, no cougar this morning, just a sweet little bunny rabbit who has actually gotten quite big considering where it lives.
I’m also thankful to say I’ve been able to maintain my happy run streak since Sunday, each run getting better and better. Seconds count as seconds eventually lead up to minutes. It was a good run. I even gave up on thinking something was going to attack me from the bushes after mile 2. Yesterday I forgot to wear my compression sleeves and my calves started hurting, but today, I put those babies on and didn’t have an ounce of pain. Yay. I even felt strong in mile 3, almost getting to the point where it would be easier to just keep running than to stop (yeah, that lasted for about 0.75 miles). During my run, I was going over one very important question in mind…
Do I like to run?
Simply put, no, I really don’t. Running is difficult. I don’t like the pain, I don’t like breathing hard, I don’t like the amount of sweat my body puts out, I don’t like it when said sweat drips into my eyes, and I sure as hell don’t like the chafing. However, with that being said, there are a number of things that I do like about running. I like the challenge of getting better at something that I suck at (I won’t suck forever). I like the long-term health benefits of being a runner, strong heart, strong lungs, young mind, killer calves. I like the sense of accomplishment I feel when I cross the finish line of a race because I know I worked my ass off for 3 long months to get to that finish line. And I especially like the bling I earn when I finish a race! After all, it’s all about the bling, isn’t it!! I think the pros far outweigh the cons.
Next up, is another 3 miles tomorrow, then on down to Boise on Saturday for a trial 7-mile run on the Fit One race route next to the river. Considering Boise is about 30 degrees hotter than it is here, it could get interesting.