Last week I couldn't say no to the constant drizzle and went out for a two minute run behind my house, just to remember the feeling.
|Literally two minutes in the drizzle and it was the happiest I've been after a workout in weeks.|
So, Wednesday. In summer, after tourist season, the golf course closes a little earlier and the later sunsets mean it's still nice and bright when the course is empty. That means I can run on it more often. After Elizabeth's and my arm workout Wednesday, I didn't feel I'd done enough, so I let my feet lead me outside.
In that first four minutes, I saw a little family playing on the green. A girl, maybe four years old, her toddler brother, and her dad.
She caught sight of me and started running full-tilt toward the path I was on. She was smiling and waving exuberantly. She stopped at the edge of the rough and my path, out of my way, and kept waving at me. I waved back, grinning.
"You're exercising!" she cried.
"I am exercising!" I agreed, and my heart was pumping: joy joy joy.
"That's what you do," she called after me as I ran past.
Heck yeah, kid! This IS what I do! It was like she had seen into my soul!
The run was perfect. My paces were in the mid-9s early in my 4-minute intervals, edging into the 9:50s as the time ticked by, and the walk breaks were just the right length. I didn't quite complete two miles because I set a route and chose to stick with it so I wouldn't overdo it. But I couldn't have been happier.
|Intervals are new to me so I'm not sure how fast I'm supposed to walk, but I was happy and impressed with the overall effort I was able to put in!|
|PURE. FREAKING. JOY.|
I'm not naive enough to think everything is good and I'm cured and healed and whatever else...but I will take this little bit of progress and the joy it brought me, and I will bask in it.
Such great news! Keep it up, girl. I am hoping this means you got an incorrect diagnosis on your calves.ReplyDelete
Me too! These runs are really to see if I can recreate symptoms but hopefully that doesn't happen.Delete
Yeah! I'm glad you had a perfect run and that it was restorative for you. I hope that this feeling sticks around!ReplyDelete
Aww this was good for your soul. So happy for you!ReplyDelete
SO good for my soul!!Delete
Bask away girl. I can't believe that little girl... that was just the perfect thing to say to you at the perfect time!!! :)ReplyDelete
I know! If I believed in magic or fate or anything I might think she'd been sent there just to boost me along!Delete
Yay for running again!! going back to running after injury feels so good!! stay strong, it will get better.ReplyDelete
It felt SO good. I hope it keeps feeling good!Delete
Oh what a feeling! I'm so glad that you were able to get back out and run!ReplyDelete
Love this post so much. The little girl! Ah, it actually gave me goosebumps. It IS what you do, and you WILL continue doing it!ReplyDelete
I honestly still can't believe it when I think back on it. It was just so perfect and meaningful.Delete