Been a long week... forgot to reorder my arthritis meds, so was 4 days late with those. And adding in the humidity all week, my ankles have been locked up solid. So I haven't run in 4 days! Yikes. But tonight I decided it was time to get back out.
How do you Spell Ugly? W-6-D-3... Well... I thought my ankles were feeling better, and they were... so I went out. I decided I was just going to do a short run, wasn't going to try to do the "official" W6D3 25 minute monster. My reasons were that I had been fighting these stiff ankles all week and when I looked at my run Calendar I realized I had only really run once this week . Just seemed like it would be smart to throw in an extra day to ease back into it.
Well... fortunately I have never been reasonable or smart. I just finished off 25 minutes and 2.1 miles! I thought my calves were going to explode at 7 minutes. but said " Ahhh it's just cuz you're going uphill".. and sure enough they relaxed a little on the downhill. Then around 11 minutes got a stitch in my side..but convinced myself it was just bad breathing. few minutes of relaxing and slowing down taking full breaths, it was gone... around 15 minutes I passed the shortcut home... but reminded myself that I'd miss my favorite section of freshly poured smooth asphalt and that house that always smells so good. So I skippe d the shortcut.... and at 20 minutes I said "Well hell, I've come this far. No I gotta stretch it to the 25 just because I know I can and I'll kick myself for giving in to the excuses."
So I finished it... and it reminds me again of this journey... it's going to be choice after choice. Chose to run or choose to sit? Chose to do the exercise or chose to shop for bigger pants? Chose to eat the cookie or put it down? ( well, OK.. I ate the cookie... it's a work in progress)
Tonight I chose to not let myself use the excuses. ( Well, OK.. I ate the cookie... it's a work in progress ) I may pay for it with sore muscles tomorrow, the fact I haven't run enough lately is true. I might pay a little bit. But at least I feel like I earned the cookie .