The cats (yes cats…I have four – what? That’s normal…) woke me up around 5:50 a.m. this morning ready to eat. I’m starting to get back into longer runs on the weekend and I wanted to get the run in before it gets hot. Trudged to the closet found the running gear walked over to the sock drawer and I sigh. I’m not excited about this morning’s run. I wanted to listen to music and check out for a while. I have realized giving up listening to music for a month during runs is helping me get in tune with my body, pace, and breathing. I pushed that small disappointment to the back of my head and went downstairs to prepare for this mornings run.
During the warm months I like to feed the cats and let them outside, enjoying a cup of coffee before this side of the world starts cranking. I’m greeted with a warm hello…
Started off slow, concentrating on foot placement and movement of my body as I leave my driveway and start down my street. The street has a bend and as I round it another runner is coming out of the cross-section running in the same direction. I’m behind her so she doesn’t see me. She’s running merrily along, pink compression socks (awesome) blonde hair in a pony-tail (cute) and…and…her iPod touch. It’s on her right arm.
I find myself running a little faster
Hmmm…I wonder is that a 6th generation? How much gig? 32? 64? Like I always say…go big or stay home.
Starting to catch up
Headphones draped over the back…good. Oooooh the headphones are a mustardy color. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that color before – interesting.
Catching up – behind her now
Beginning to feel like I’m in a white windowless van – “so little girl…whatcha listening too?”
Now I’m even with her
She looks at me and I’m thinking…hey you can have the left ear bud and I can have the right one…what do you say! Then I smiled and said good morning and politely passed.
Came up to Mascoutah Ave and things are pretty quiet. Sprinklers are watering a common area of a subdivision on the left and the water always reaches to a part of the street. I’ve been running this route for two years now and no matter how hard I try I never time it so I can get sprayed! No, I’m not just going to stand there:/ Yes, I have stood there – I still didn’t get sprayed because…I looked funny standing there. Not sure why that is….oh well.
Feeling really good
I’m concentrating deeply on my form. I’m feeling great. Every time I start to feel a pinch in the knee, back or hip I think about what I’m doing correct and I feel fine. Wow… not bad, not bad.
Make the turn onto Green Mount and it’s all uphill. This is a steady elevation for about two miles. If you’re feeling weak in the body and the mind this can really be a stretch. Taking the turn at the stoplight and looking forward, the elevation is such that you can’t see the stretch of road in its entirety, thus a hill. It’s daunting and this is where the mental toughness needs to kick in. It’s hard but you can’t stop now. This is the first time I’m running this without music. As you know a hard heart-pumping song will help you up that hill, right?
It was easy. The mind chatter was to minimum and I felt great. Traffic was light and the air was cool. I’m a mile into the stretch and I start looking at the side of the road again…sigh. A couple of beer cans and a…WHOA…a NASCAR cap! Somebody’s upset!
You’ll be happy to hear…no road kill sightings on this run.
Reach the top of the stretch…cemeteries on the right and left of me…keep running.
Feeling strong and a very good run. I felt like this was one of my most disciplined runs. Is there such a thing? I think so. Finished 7.25 in 1:15.