Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Joy of Sprinklers

Today I ran 10 miles for the first time in at least a couple of months. I don't know what has happened. It's been a busy summer as usual and all kinds of other things have distracted me along the way. I guess I can honestly say I just lost motivation to train. So I've decided I may not do Silverman in November. I have my sights set on running 100 miles, something I've wanted to do for some time now.

So anyway......10 miles. Well, I slept until 2:00 this afternoon so I didn't even set out of the run until 5:30 p.m. It was hot and hard from the very beginning. It took me awhile to get into a rhythm and I'm not sure it ever really happened but things were going fairly well. I guess I'm just not used to the heat yet because I feel like I could not possibly sweat anymore. I froze my Heed and it tasted hot after about 2 miles. Then I just get annoyed at the heat.

I finally finished 8 miles which put me back on the street near my apartment. I ran most of the way on the paved trail which was just slightly cooler than the street. Well I hit the sidewalk and keep running. I look down at my Garmin to see where I'm at and notice that it's off. That's weird. It never said low battery or anything. I stopped (I certainly didn't mind the break) and attempted to fix my Garmin. It wasn't working. I leaned against the railing and reflected on the fact that I had 2 long miles to go.

Then a great song that I love running to came on my ipod. Just at that moment I noticed some sprinklers up the road. I smiled and ran to the sprinklers where I found a joy I haven't appreciated since childhood. I walked through the grass in the sprinklers. Finally I just stood next to one until I was completely soaked. My shoes squished and I looked like I had just taken a shower. But I didn't care. The rest of the 2 miles went by quickly. I have no idea how fast I ran them since I didn't have my Garmin and that's ok. Sometimes it's nice to enjoy a walk through some sprinklers, good music, the sun on your skin and a beautiful Sunday evening. Just what I need to keep motivated for another week of training :)

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