Thursday, January 21, 2010

It *Seemed* Like a Good Idea at the Time...

Here, take a peek into the goofiness profoundness that is my internal monologue:

(Driving home from work early) Great!  I'll be going home to an empty house.  I should get on the exercise bike before starting dinner.  I'll definitely have enough time.

But ugh, I sooo don't feel like biking.  What will I watch on TV?

Hmm...I kinda feel like going for a run.  The roads are clear.  I could do it.


Yep, I definitely want to run.  If I'm going to do that 15K in April, I need to start training.  At some point.

Oh man, it's only 28 degrees. 

Crap, now it's down to 26 degrees.  And snow flurries have started.

But whatev - I AM SO GOING FOR A RUN.  DAMMIT.

So I got home and raced to change my clothes because it was already past 4:15 and it gets dark by 5pm.

All bundled in my hodgepodge outfit, along with hat, gloves, and iPod securely in place, I set out.

(3 minutes into run)  Whew, it's kinda hard to breathe...harder than I thought.

(5 minutes into run) I wonder if there is such a thing as a snow visor.  Because I need one.  But it would have to keep my ears warm too. 

(6 minutes into run)  Ok, this is no longer just a harmless flurry.  This is a WEATHER SITUATION.

(7 minutes)  Abort!  Abort mission!  Snow HURTS.

(10 minutes into run) Hmmm...I wonder if I can't feel my legs because they're cold or because I haven't run since Thanksgiving morning?

(11 minutes)  Yup.  No feeling in my legs.  But hey, they're still moving.  That's a good thing.  And shit, I can't stop now.  I'm nowhere near home and it would take frickin longer to walk. 

(14 minutes)  I seriously need my own iPod.  Why the hell am I listening to NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK?!

And then, the turning point.  I could have either run into my subdivision and gone home, for a total of 20 minutes, or ignored the entrance and kept going, to make it a good 3+mile run.

Can you believe I didn't make the turn?  Yup, I kept going.  And actually started to feel....good?!

I stopped looking at my watch.  The snow was no longer stinging.  My legs were on automatic.  Besides my cold fingertips (note to self:  get running mittens), I didn't feel anything... 

Except alive.  Vibrant.  Strong.

By the time I turned into my driveway, it was no longer daylight and the snow was falling in full force. 

Huffing and puffing, I entered my warm, inviting Trenches exactly 32 minutes after I had exited.

And snapped this pic:


Blurry because my arm was shaking.  Sweat shining on my face.  Heavily breathing through open mouth.  Snow (not dandruff, thankyouverymuch) on my jacket.

But you know what?  I felt AWESOME.

And that, right there, is why I know I need to run.

20 comments:

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Please send that snow my way, you running gal!

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

this is totally how I think when I workout! You made me laugh out loud!!

Serenityville said...

YAY!!! You go girl!! I'm so happy for you! As James Blunt said, you're beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Go you! I am training for the swim leg of a triathalon this June. Will keep this post in mind as I flail in the pool and contemplate drowning as an easier way out ;-)

J said...

Good job!

When I run in the snow (barely ever, don't think I'm that hardcore!), I wear a running baseball hat with an earwarmer headband. It looks stupid, but I can't deal with the snow in my eyes.

Jen said...

You know what they say about the best made plans.....

Jules said...

Good for you. The cold and snow would have stopped me at the door. and of course the running part..haha

Deborah said...

Good run! You made longer than I ever would!

Jeannie, Jane, Angel, Mommy, etc.. said...

Yay for the running! I am totally not anywhere near there yet.

lae said...

YEAH for you. I would highly recommend Suguoi mittens. they are very light weight but will keep your hands toasty on the coldest of days

Michelle said...

GO SARAH!!! I'm not going to lie, I totally would have picked the tv watching. Sigh. Send some motivation my way please.

Christine said...

WAHOOOOO!!!! Way to break through....great post.

Manic Mommy said...

Good for you!! I've been working out whether I feel like it or not - by the end, I'm always glad.

Shell said...

Way to go!!!!

A house to yourself? I probably would have taken a nap.

Dorothy said...

Back in my running days, I used to wear socks on my hands in the winter.

countryfriedmama said...

Oh, how I wish running made me feel that way. I need to try again. Perhaps there will be some treadmills at Opryland?

Pam said...

I took up running a few years ago and then I stopped. And then I started again and remembered how much I liked it. Then I hurt my foot...

Your post makes me want to get out there and run anyway. Thanks for the inspiration.

♥ Katinka said...

Happy Sunday :) Stopping by from SITS!!!!

♥ Katinka said...

Happy Sunday :) Stopping by from SITS!!!!

youarekiddingme said...

Um, New Kids on the Block IS on MY iPod. Please don't judge. Always feels good when it's done (the workout, maybe not the NKOTB listening) but there are days when it's hard just to start!

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