Unintended Hillwork and a Scrubbed Run
Monday, January 25, 2010
Since the weather was nice on Saturday, and I didn't have to work the lunch shift, my husband mapped out a route in Fairmount Park totalling 2.5 out & back. We gathered the troops, my son more reluctant than my daughter, and herded them into the car to drive to our destination. Once we got there, my son unenthusuastically lagged behind us and requested the occasional "stop to rest." Eventually, he became interested in trying to walk up the off-trail hills. My husband was happy to walk at a gentle stroll and stop to take the occasional picture. I had intended to also walk at a normal pace. That is, until my daughter decided that it would be fun to race me up & down any hills we encountered. I wouldn't have minded jogging the while first leg with her, although she was ahead of me most of the time; however, we had intended for this to be a family walk, so I reined her back in after each series of hills. The first 1.25 miles involved us walking at a good clip and jogging all the hills. We took a brief rest at the mid-point. Then, we walked the remaining 1.25 miles to the parking lot to stretch out before returning home. I was surprised at how much leg strength I've gained. I used to map out routes that were flat, intentionally avoiding any route that involved hillwork. Now, hills don't seem so awful.
Today, I was psyched to get ready to pound the pavement. I mapped out a short run- to my local bank and back- totalling 1 mile round-trip. We had torrential downpours this morning and it cleared up around 2:30. I got my running gear on, grabbed my pay checks, defrosted tonight's tuna steaks, and looked out the window. What did I see? The torrential downpours had returned. My run was officially off. Instead, I am getting ready to do a Tae-Bo workout. I have a few to choose from. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Life lesson learned: Have a back-up plan & stick to it.