Friday, February 15, 2008

Slow but Steady Progress

Last Sunday I ran 5 miles.

I count that as quite a success. It was around a 10 minute pace. I am so out of shape. But then, what else should I expect for being out of commission for six months. I'm not complaining. I'll take the running anyday.

Even a run through a snow squall.

Yep. Weather was pretty weird on Sunday. I left home, temperatures were not bad -- low 30's. It was overcast. I heard there was a storm coming so figured I should get out and do the run.

I ran down to the Charles River and down towards Harvard. Just as I'm crossing the river to head back, it starts to sprinkle. OK, not bad. I have no problems with this. But then, within about 60 seconds, sleet is stinging my face. For the next mile and a half, I run face into driving sleet and then snow.

But I'm not complaining.

Except that about the time I get home, it all stops. And by the time I finished my cool-down walk, the sun is shining.

Great timing.

I'll be in Brooklyn this weekend and plan to do six miles on Sunday -- Prospect Park.

Running (despite how out of shape I am) is feeling really, really good.


Monday, February 04, 2008

Haiku and a Run!

ice patches impede
confident footing
on my trail

I ran 4 miles yesterday - Charles River trail. This is the farthest I've run since the injury in July. It felt so good to reach 4 miles. That used to be my minimum distance for any run. This week, it's my longest. And it was slow. But progress is being made.

I will get past this long patch of ice. I will run confident again. Miles of running still await.

Today at lunch I went for a walk along my running trails near work (Minuteman National Park). Quite a few patches of ice still -- though temperatures have been reasonably nice lately. No plans to run on these trails for a while, but it was lovely to walk in the woods again. So quiet and peaceful.