I did not go for a long run today.
I don’t have a really good excuse – just the fact that I just didn’t feel like it. I sat around this morning feeling like I should go run, but not wanting to. Then after my husband went out for a run, and I realized it was almost 10:00 am, I realized I had completely lost my running mojo for the morning. I had 10 miles scheduled and I didn’t want to be gone until almost noon. We wanted to do some yardwork, and we needed to run in to Menards for supplies.
Never mind the fact that there were 40 mph winds outside. I opted to postpone my long run until tomorrow. The forecast is for 60 degrees, sun and 5-10 mph winds tomorrow, so it should be wonderful running weather in the morning.
But don’t you worry, I did run. I still didn’t feel like it, but this CD challenge is enough of a motivator that I felt I needed to run. And it was almost impossible to justify running on a treadmill when it was 70 degrees outside.
So today I did something I have never done before. I ran in our neighborhood. I’ve never done this before because we have a very small neighborhood of about 25 houses on a “y” shaped street that ends on a very busy highway. I had mapped it out online before and figured it was about 3/4 of a mile, and I had never been able to get motivated to run past our neighbors 4+ times to get in a good run.
But today, efficiency and travel time won out over embarrassing looks from the neighbors.
I stepped outside and started running. It’s been almost 4 years since I have been able to do that. It felt, well, great! And the only strange look I got was from the mailman (who I passed three times). I helped a neighbor girl get her bike back on the driveway, and my 7 year old came out and ran 0.4 mile with me. And I was home in seconds! Well, technically I was “back home” four times during the run, which was even kind of nice.
I doubt I’ll ever go more than 3 miles in our neighborhood, four laps is enough, but I’m glad I have a new option for when the weather is nice but I don’t want to leave. I might even be able to do this with the kids playing outside in the yard. Oh, the possibilities…
I just had a thought. This morning my son was watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, (source of the most annoying songs ever written…) and he was singing a song: “…you’ve gotta try new foods ’cause they might taste good…” It’s been stuck in my head all day, so I think it’s appropriate that today I tried a new running route. Sometimes we have to try new things too, even if we’ve resisted them for years.