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Recovering momentum

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” – John Bingham

 The Run
3.6 miles

The Picture

School of Birds

The Recap

It was inevitable given the time of year.  Yesterday was supposed to be a running day, but my daughter and husband were both down with sore throats, stuffy noses, and a general feeling of yuckiness – oh, and in my daughter’s case, an extra dose of crankiness.  I decided it was best to stay home yesterday and just do a gym workout.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to the “gym” until 8:30 last night so this morning when I went for my run I didn’t feel as recovered as I would have liked.

So it was with heavy legs and an I-don’t-want-to-run attitude that I left the house.  I felt like I had lost momentum by not running yesterday.  However, it is just as well because we are supposed to get 1-3 inches of snow tomorrow.  But since I don’t get much opportunity to run in the mornings, I knew it was better to go than to sit on my couch sipping coffee.  Trust me, there were some mental gymnastics going on this morning.

I wish you could see these giant flocks of birds we have around here.  They fly through the air like a school of fish, changing directions as a group in a huge swarm.  And when they take off it sounds like hundreds of people clapping with mittens on – a muted applause.  I have no idea what kinds of birds these are – some sort of black bird.

School of Birds

Surely, they fly into each other every now and then!

But back to the run….my legs were feeling heavy.  My two pairs of pants, two shirts, coat, and of course the camera and pack just made things worse.  I had to walk a couple of the hills.  I just didn’t have it today.  It wasn’t even that cold this morning.  I think the main problem was that since I ran such a short run on Saturday, it has been quite a few days since I’ve really run and with the lifting last night, my legs just didn’t want to work today.

Even so, I’m glad I went.  I love running when there is snow on the ground because I like how clean everything looks.  And I saw bunny, deer, bird, and mouse footprints in the snow.  I always wonder where they were going.  Were they running too?  These prints look like a walking break to me.

Snowy Footprints

If the swift-footed deer can take a walking break then I guess it’s ok for me too also.

I think running is the most rewarding work because, even when I don’t want to run, I’m almost always glad I got myself out the door.  It’s just nice to be outside for a little while.  And now Thursday’s run will be easier and, best of all, I feel like I got my momentum back.  And I’m excited to share my weight training from last night with you, maybe later this week.  It was 9:15 when I finished up and it got too late to be writing.


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