I left work a little bit early today, but I was feeling flustered. I knew the only thing that would help me feel better was a run.
So I got home and immediately changed into my running clothes before I could change my mind. I arrived at Central Park with plenty of daylight to spare and started running. My initial goal was 5 miles, but I hid my watch and set out for an attitude adjustment and 3 laps around the lower loop.
I did some awesome thinking and reasoning and I reminded myself of some pretty exciting things. For example: You’re running the NYC Marathon this year. Before I knew it, I was rounding the bottom of Central Park toward Columbus Circle for the third and final time. I took a glance at my watch as I pressed the stop button and then hit reset. (You know when you look at your phone or something to check the time and a second later you can’t remember what time it was… Yeah, I did that with my distance and time.) When I got home I plugged my little Garmin in and it was like Sunday post-race all over again…
I guess it doesn’t really matter, but this sudden emergence of my inner speed demon has thrown me for a bit of a loop. I’m just going to chalk this one up to pent up frustration and a much needed emotional/mental cleanse.
By a 5 mile sunset run along the Hudson.
A run was much, much needed. And you know what? 5 miles and 48:38 later, today is already much improved and there’s still plenty of time to turn it all around.
I knew my mom gave me one of these bracelets for a reason….
Spending the morning in bed watching the marathon was inspiring and I’m so proud of everyone I know who went out there and dominated the streets of NYC. I felt like a bit of a slacker. Watching it all go down made me think ahead to next year when my feet will be pounding that pavement and I will be running over those same bridges. It made me feel so excited.
I’ve been on a search for a running watch for a while, but not knowing exactly what I wanted out of a watch, I couldn’t commit to buying anything. After pining away after the Garmin Forerunner watches for the past year, I finally bit the bullet today and got myself the Forerunner 210 and oh, it is love…
I also picked up a Spibelt because I constantly find myself wishing I had a place to put keys, money, or my phone while I’m running. Problem solved. Because I wasn’t feeling well, I wasn’t going to go out and about to play with my new toy today, but then somebody suggested that I just go “sweat it out” so I did just that. I wasn’t sure how far I was going to run or how far I would be able to run with this sinus pressure and congestion, but I managed to eke out 4 slow miles.
It was an absolutely beautiful day for a run. Sunny and cool. There were people everywhere and a ton of runners out and about. Having all of the information one could ever want at my disposal while running was exciting and I can’t wait to run again. Now I’m going to go play with my new toy and shower before settling in with little Chino and catching up on my DVRed shows…
I definitely don’t regret that run (or the purchase). Even though I don’t feel cured, running always makes me feel better.