Yes, it's true. I went running this morning. It has been a long time, as evidenced by the fact that I could not find any of my running stuff, like my favorite socks and my ipod. But I went anyway.
After I got on my way, I remembered some other things I forgot. Here they are, in no particular order.
-sunscreen. Bad mommy. Bad Bad mommy.
-sunglasses. Sunglasses serve two purposes in running. One, to keep the sun out of your eyes and two, to make you look less dorky when you pass another runner, who also forgot their sunglasses, and you have that awkward moment where you make eye contact, both of you fully aware that you both are currently looking and feeling at the height of your dorkiness. Sunglasses equals no eye contact, and makes the whole situation much easier to take.
-I don't need my ipod. In fact, I prefer running without it. The voices in my head are more entertaining than any ipod could ever be.
-That cool running shirt I found on clearance at Target is the best thing I ever bought, and I really need to find some more like it. It keeps you warm and cool at the same time. It's awesome.
-I have an attention span of exactly 22 seconds. Therefore, setting goals I can achieve in 22 seconds is vital. I tell myself to just make it that mailbox up the street. Then just to that pile of dirt on the sidewalk. Oh wait, that wasn't dirt, that was---wow, that must have been a BIG dog. Well, never mind. The idea here is short, short goals.
-That slight incline on 2200 West doesn't look like much, but it is psychologically damaging. It comes right in the middle of the run, right when you think you are going to die if you run one more step. You just need to hang on til you reach the telephone pole by the Layton Crop Farm #2 sign, and then it goes downhill for a little bit, and then before you know it you are at the light and it's all level from there.
-Endorphins are priceless. Absolutely priceless.
Oh, and I am hopelessly out of shape. I have a lot of work to do if I have any serious intentions about that half marathon coming up in seven short months.
The rest of Saturday involved ridiculous amounts of sun and blue skies- such a beautiful day- a trip to the park with the kids where we found ducks and sticks and mud- all sure signs of spring. The kids had a great time soaking up the vitamin D and playing assassin in the woods. Then Grandma and Grandpa came out, and we went and got some paint for the basement, then shared a pizza for dinner. It was a perfect Saturday.