Today is a long run day for me, and I have to admit I was a little leery about running in the cold for such a long time. Then again, I am from Maine and lived in Alaska for three years. My definition of true cold is when your nose hairs freeze. So I bundled up and out the door I went.
You know when you read tips for how to get through a long run people always say ‘get a buddy’. Maybe it’s because the first six or seven years of me running it was always by myself but I prefer running alone. Don’t get me wrong I’ll happily run with you if you ask but I love the solitude of solo runs. Obviously if it’s night time or in a sketchy area I’m taking a buddy with me, that’s just common sense but all but maybe two or three of my long runs have been on my own. I’ve always been thankful the days I have a running partner though, I wonder if on some level I’ve decided to run with someone because I knew I was looking for an excuse to quit and another person out there with me, in the misery keeps me going. You know what they say, misery loves company.
Today, wasn’t one of those days. I put in my earbuds and hit play on my audible book The Narrow Road To The Deep North and I was running. I ran a route that I’ve run before and listening and to the book kept me distracted so before I knew it I had already gone five and a half miles. I stopped to take some pictures at the Maple Shade Veterans Memorial. If on a run I encounter a memorial I will pretty much always stop, sometimes for pictures, sometimes out of respect for the sacrifices made by so many so that I could run and do all the other things I so often take for granted.
I ran a total of twelve miles this morning. With the help of my awesome fuel belt which I got for $12 at TJ Maxx, a total score by the way, I was able to stay hydrated and didn’t have the chance to get annoyed with the thing bouncing around. I didn’t know how well it would work because it’s held in place with Velcro. This must be some heavy duty Velcro because I didn’t have to stop and readjust once! Then I had to get home, with the weather forecasted to get crappy I knew if I wanted to get in a yoga class I had to do it sooner rather than later. Plus I knew I could easily knock out the last three after I got back.
I just finished my final three a little while ago and I got to run in the snow! I had forgotten how snowflakes can hit you in the eyes and annoy you, but it was still worth it. I have no idea why but thoughts of my grandfather popped in my head. He was a runner too and I wonder what he did to distract himself before all the fancy iPods and Garmin watches. Now that’s dedication, I could run maybe an hour without music with someone with me but never alone. I’d get bored. I had begun running before he passed away, but my sheer stubbornness about a missed graduation kept me from ever talking to him about it. I hope he is watching from heaven and is proud of me and my brother who is also a runner. If only we could go back in time, wouldn’t it have been cool to run together. I’d like to think that even though he’s not physically here with us now that a part of him was out there running with me today.
Everyone have an amazing day and an amazing run if that’s your plan! #runhappy and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!