My little guy started preschool in September. I opted to send him Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for a half day. I drop him off around 7:45 (school starts at 7:50) and pick him up at 11. He goes to school only a few miles from the reservoir I typically run around. It is quite convenient. I have been diligently going to the reservoir almost school day after I bring Carlos to school. We have had a great fall and it helps that I like running in cooler temps.
I was running one loop around the reservoir which is about 3.5 miles. Lately I have been craving more especially on those gorgeous mornings. I have been doing two loops around when I can. This morning I decided to do my long run of the week and made it a 10 miler. I ran three loops around the res. It was perfect running weather.
Who am I running 10 miles, 7 miles, even 3 miles? I can’t even explain how I feel when I am out there on the trail. Sure I have bad runs. Today was a great run. There were moments when the mental aspect of running tried to slow me down or make me stop, but I kept pushing through. I finished one loop and took a water break. When I set out on the second loop I felt excited about doing 10 miles. I get lost in my thoughts at times and then I can’t believe how far I’ve run.
I had set my water bottle near a tree at my starting point. I took another water break after the second loop. There was not one ounce of me that wanted to abandon the ten miles I had set out to do. My iPod was set at a new favorite running tune ready to play and I set out for my final loop. My legs felt so strong. My breathing had settled down to a regular, comfortable rhythm somewhere in the first loop. The sun was out but the air still really cool.
I finished my run around 9:45 am, jetted home for a quick shower, made a green smoothie and then headed back to get my son from school. Since it was an early release day I had to be there for 10:45. In less than 3 hours I accomplished my long run and so much more.
Now I am sitting in my sister’s kitchen. She lives outside of Boston. We were in need of some sister time. So we are off to Elephant Walk shortly. I can’t wait. I am starving!!!