Running and thinking
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Today is my youngest's birthday, she's 21 and I decided that today was the perfect day to run to her place instead of driving. I originally thought it was 3.5 but it turns out it was 4.5, I did it in 32:30 mins. Woot!
The road between our houses is very hilly but going to her place is much easier than coming back. Next time I'll run both ways but this was a good start. The first KM of the run is nothing but up hill then the rest is a lot of downhill with a few of those long steady, why does it feel like I'm going nowhere hills. (Yes the downhill did speed up my time but I'm still giving it a woot!)
It's a very pretty run. This was one of those very slight, go on for ever hills that looks flat until you look back and see how far up you came. I love that the road has a dedicated lane for bikes and runners, its a very popular running route.
As I ran I thought about how 21 years ago I had my last c-section, brought her into the world. All that sappy mom thinking that we do on our kids birthdays. Then I started thinking, I'm running. I'm healthier now than I was 21 years ago. I weigh less than when I gave birth to her. That's kinda cool to be able to say. I weigh the lowest now than at any point since having my last child. I came close to this low before but never was able to maintain a weight loss. While I was always active when the kids were growing up it was always "for them". As I ran today by myself it felt so wonderful. I am doing this for me. Not because my family deserves it, but because I deserve it.
I ran a new route alone, this was the first time I've done that. When I hit that second KM (first one never counts, we all hate the first one) and those endorphins kicked in I felt on top of the world. I got excited about running my first 10K in a few weeks. I got excited about the future and running the Great Wall of China Marathon with Elisa in 2 years. As I passed a couple of other runners coming the other way we high fived each other. I love the running community. It doesn't matter how fast you are, what shape you are in or how old you are. You are one of us and you are doing great.