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February 07, 2009

GROUNDHOG DAY...AMY-STYLE


Well, it's official. I saw my shadow today, which tells me that winter may finally be over (at least for us anyway). I also noticed that shadows are not too flattering, as evidenced by my big shadow-ass, completely unproportioned shoulders, and the fact that one leg appears to be twice the size of the other...but big shadow-ass or not, I was glad to see it.

You see, on my 4 mile run yesterday, I was sporting a beanie cap, ear muffs, 2 long sleeve tees, a sweater, 2 pairs of gloves, and running tights. Today, I had on a pair of shorts and one long sleeve tee, and about a mile into the run I seriously contemplated running in just my jog bra (yes, I can do that now thanks to Personal Trainer Rick!).

I think spring is upon us. Sunny. 67 degrees. Not a cloud in the sky. I wish everyday were like this!

I'm getting used to this solo-run thing. It's been a long time since I've ran alone, but over the last 3 weeks, I think I've ran more by myself than I have with running partners. I guess with everyone having varying goals, it makes it hard for everyone to get their runs in synch. I'm listening to my ipod a little more, and have realized that I'm in desperate need for some new running music. Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comment box. I'm also finding that I have alot of time to think now. When I used to run solo, my thoughts always drifted to how unprepared I was for this run, how I need to run more, hydrate more, etc. But now I find my thoughts drifting to other things. Like today, I noticed that between the two neighborhoods I ran through, there was not one person out working in their yard. No kids. No dogs. No moms pushing baby strollers. Just me, and the occasional car passing by. And what made it weirder was that it was 11:00. Surely people weren't wasting this beautiful day indoors!

The discpline that comes with running 5 days a week is getting easier and easier. It has just become a part of my routine, like brushing my teeth or picking out my clothes for Troy to iron. I am finding that it's actually becoming a part of my day that I look forward to. The opportunity to see how I've progressed. The solitude of running alone, and the silence of my own thoughts. The adventure of finding somewhere new to run.

It's just been enjoyable.

Of course every run isn't solo. Tomorrow, I'll meet Melissa for our Sunday long run!

Have a great weekend!

2 comments:

Rex said...

This might be a little hard, but anything by Rage Against the Machine is run-worthy. You might save that for interval training.
Audiobooks work for my long runs. I'm listening to Leo Tolstoy's War & Peace at the moment. It's only 65 hours!

Sarah said...

Sigh - this weather is FANTASTIC! It's always such a fine line in GA between freezing cold and then insanely hot. I LIVE for the weather we've had this weekend.

Nice job on the runs! I think it's tougher to run solo, but also the ability to get lost in your run is nice.