I woke up yesterday morning not wanting to go on my long run. This has been my second week of slightly reduced and slower miles to see if the twinges in my left arch go away (and they have!) so it wasn’t my body giving me the metaphorical finger, it was my brain.
When this happens I make a deal with my brain, I tell myself that I’ll just start out and if it really sucks, I can just quit. Giving myself an out eases the internal resistance and often I’ll find that the desire to just go back to sleep completely goes away. It’s like all my brain needs to know is that there are options.
So anyway, I stumbled out of bed, fed the dogs, got dressed, blah, blah. The sun was just coming up by the time I got on the trails and put in my ear buds. Eleven-12 miles were on the calendar today but I was keeping my options open. I headed from Murrell park towards Rockledge, pleased that my foot continued to feel strong as I ambled through the thick green foliage.
By the time I got to this point-about 3 miles into the run- the sun was completely up and the woods steamy. Ahhh…but I had a secret weapon. Have you seen the Enduro Cool Wrap commercial? (not affiliate link, not compensated) Well I bought one. They sell them for $20 at Lowes and I figured if they work like they say they do, they could change running in August for me.
And you know what? THEY FREAKING WORK. I’ve never bought something ‘as seen on TV’ in my life but DAMN. Every few minutes, I would wipe the rag over my face and arms, keeping my skin cool enough that it felt like I was running in May instead of August. I think this might be my favorite running purchase ever.
So there I am, running along with a foot that feels pretty good and a body that feels pretty rested because I’ve been taking it kind of easy the last couple of weeks (19 miles total last week and 17 this week) and I’m not overheated and the light is beautiful and my brain is still having none of this.
Okay, fine. Whatever. My body has dragged a reluctant brain along many times. But as I’m moving down the path, I started to think about a conversation I’d had with my friend Anastacia recently.
We ‘met’ years ago on a message board that is now defunct and have remained internet friends. She’s traveled all over the world and is raising a totally cool little boy and is a wonderful artist (one of her buddha prints has a place of honor in my home-similar here) and she was finally in my area for work.
We totally hit it off and over two evenings had so many cool conversations-including one about her adventure challenge. For over two months now, Anastacia has challenged herself to find new adventures every day. Everything from hiking new trails to talking to strangers.
So I’m thinking about this as I’m getting close to the cliffs of Rockledge park when I get to a point in the trail where a path leads off from it, down the side and to the water. And I think, why not do a little climbing up the cliffs? Nothing else is working, might as well have some fun. Plus Rough Creek is coming up next month and it has plenty of this crap.
I head down to the water and then look for a place to climb up. Because of erosion (I assume), the cliffs are almost straight up and I have to scramble slowly up in shoes that are not made for scrambling in loose, steep sediment. I get back on the trail until I find the next path down and repeat the exercise.
I do this a couple of more times and am so into that I look to the right and wait, what? The pavillions of Rockledge Park, which is the turn around/end point for the trail. That was quick. And now I’m energized.
I head into the park and pick up some trash because, hey, while I’m at I haven’t done a One Thing Wednesday for the past couple of weeks. After a few trips to the trash/recycle bins, I rinse off at the edge of the lake and then head back on the trail.
The trip back seemed quicker, brighter and more fun. I joked with the bikers that passed me and took more notice of little things on the trail. I broke out in a grin every once in awhile. Then 11 miles was done and I was still smiling. All it takes is a little adventure-just one thing outside the routine to turn my day around. So thanks Anastacia. :)
Which is good news, because we are going to Colorado for a few days of hiking, running and visiting friends in the mountains. I CANNOT WAIT.
Hope everyone has a great week-