Distance: 4 mi
Miles to go: 1952
Yesterday was my first run over 3 miles since Mid November… I think I’m finally starting to heal. I was tired at the end of it (it felt like my 15 milers used to…) but had only the slightest twinge of pain related to the injury. What’s more important, I feel fine this morning. I think I may even drag the family out to the park this afternoon so I can get a few more miles in. It’s hard not to get a tad emotional about this. I’ve wished for the day when I could truly say I was OK after a run for several months now. I have no desire to run fast or long… I’ve just really missed running. I think now I can truly say it’s coming back and not feel like I am being overly optimistic.
Some interesting things occurred to me on this run. I didn’t time myself. I just relaxed and cruised. I realized that I really liked this feeling. Running without pressure of time or distance… I also stopped trying to pick my line through the sometimes mushy trail. I wasn’t going fast enough to do damage to myself or the trail so I just plodded through the soft stuff (in my new shoes…). I realized that I pay WAY too much attention to the little stuff. I realized that the sound of the creek and that piercing call that can only come from a Cardinal are a lot more fun to pay attention to. I realized that, though I can daydream and ponder during a run, it is very difficult for me to “think” along a logical path (i.e. the steps needed to complete a task) and by the time I’m done with the run, I have forgotten most of it.
Finally, I realized that I really missed all this… Even through a week last week that taxed me mentally, emotionally and physically… I feel great today. Inside and out. It’s been a while since I could say that…!