Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Things I noticed this weekend when I accidentally got out on the trail way earlier than usual:
1. Athletes run early! At 7:30am there were tons of thin athletic types finishing up their runs. Singles and groups. So many that I thought it must be an event. Nope, no event. Just a half hour later I started seeing more and more people like me, people who want to get in better shape but struggle. We don't plan as well. We don't make it a priority. Fit people plan ahead, do whatever thay have to do to get up and hit the trail before the heat comes up.
2. Hey! I'm doing pretty great! As I approached the two-mile mark, I had to assess my condition and decide whether to cut over to the car or continue on the trail for three more miles. Six months ago (when I started getting back into exercise) after two miles I would hurt all over - feet, ankles, hips, lower back, belly. But now I didn't hurt one bit. Of course later, after five miles and a couple of running intervals, my feet did hurt. But nothing else really. That's a great feeling.
3. Hey! I can do five miles no big deal! As I passed that two-mile decision point, I realized there actually was no decision point. Even if my condition was bad, if I was dead tired and had to slow down or stop to rest, I could do five miles total. I used to do that when I was in better shape. In the last few months my long walks have usually been just three or four miles. But I was absolutely sure that I could do more, and in fact two miles was not enough. Another great burst of confidence.
It was such a pleasant surprise to walk so early, I will be doing it again!