Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Morning Run

Now would be a great time for me to say something wise about running. About why I love it…or why I sometimes hate it…but really I don’t have many words today.

So instead, let me tell you about my run this morning. It wasn’t anything miraculous, nor was it intensely awful…it was just a run. Because runners know that most runs are relatively unremarkable, running is just something we do every day.

My cell phone alarm played its obnoxious tune at 7:20. I groaned, but really 7:20 isn’t that early – so I had no good reason not to get up. I brushed my teeth, threw on some pants and a sports bra, and turned on my TV to keep me company through my abs workout.

It was on the Cooking Channel, so Molto Mario taught me how to make an Italian soup while I went through my plank and 8-minute abs routine.

At 8:00, I headed out the door. The November morning chill went straight through my clothes, reminding me that soon I’ll be winter-style bundling in layers of fleece. I walked to the end of my block as a psyche-up warm-up, then acquiesced to the inevitable and picked up my feet to run.

I was ipod-less this morning (I forgot to charge it), so I was all kinds of alone with my thoughts.

I ran through Rock Creek Park, then up to Massachussettes Avenue and back to Dupont. My total run was just 26 minutes (3.4 miles), a duration I would have scoffed at a year ago, but is now a reasonable run for me. I finished my run and walked up and down my block to cool down, marching a bit to stretch out my legs and glutes and doing 20 tin soldier dynamic stretches for my hamstrings.

Once back inside, my nose immediately started running and I started sweating (that temperature change gets me every time!). I foam rolled and stretched a bit more, chugged some water, and got in the shower. By 8:45 I was wearing jammies at my kitchen table, reading the paper and drinking coffee, as if nothing had ever happened. (Getting dressed is the last thing I do before I leave for work at 9:20.)

And that was my run this morning. Nothing special, nothing crazy, just a normal morning run.

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  1. Any run is a good run. Especially one that takes you thru DC...on a nice fall day.

  2. Hey, you ran and that's what matters. And then isn't it great when runs become ordinary, not some epic events in our lives?

  3. Yes! And I've totally noticed that coming back from injury - EVERY run is something to worry about and get psyched up for, but once I'm in the habit and can count on nothing hurting it's all good and thoughtless!

    And SUAR - you will get there soon enough! You are not alone dealing with injury, I totally understand what you're going through.

  4. I love morning runs during the winter... I also miss them. My current living area is not running friendly at all and I don't have the time to go somewhere that is :( BUT, I can totally relate to the whole getting inside and having a runny nose thing lol. I remember after my chilly winter morning runs I'd come home and be warm from the sweat and then all of the sudden i'd be dripping wet, freezing, stuffy nose and all kinds of cold.