It is a fair assumption that the constant stream of Boston Marathon-related images circulating on every social media channel I follow is the reason that I woke up this morning thinking enough is enough. Time to buck up and get my ass in gear.
After only one run over the course of the past 24 days, totaling a whopping 2.75 miles, my mind and body are starting to feel like they are on the same page again. However, I would be remiss to not give credit to the athletes, many of which are running Boston tomorrow, for the boost of inspiration I’ve needed.
So today I strapped on my Garmin and hauled myself out the door. My plan would have gone a lot better had I went earlier in the day and carried some Nuun. While I LOVE the So Cal weather, I’ve never loved running in the heat and when the temp is 80 degrees at 10 AM… it’s going to take some getting used to. Not to mention better planning in the future. (Like going earlier when the forecast is calling for high temps. Duh!)
That said, I ran 1.75 miles before the heat did me in. (And that was after hiking 1.5 miles to the top of a hill that has a pretty steep incline.)
It all starts with a single step, right? Even though I feel like I’m starting over in a sense, I’m confident that I’ll bounce back fairly quickly if I keep at it.
Then there is THE marathon tomorrow. I can’t believe it has been a year since I was there preparing to run my first Boston Marathon. I really hope that I have the opportunity to do it again someday. A piece of me wishes I was there this year but as I wrote about here, I know it wasn’t the right time with everything I’ve had going on the past few months.
I hope everyone racing tomorrow has a fantastic experience and that the weather is perfect! Good luck, runners!!!!