I had not run since December 8*.
This seems somewhat incredible, given that I had completed a marathon on October 28 and a half-marathon on November 30.
I am a runner. Running has become part of my identity.
But I think I got a bit burned out with the marathon training. And I got sick over Christmas. And there was always snow/ice on the ground. And it was too dark out. And I was too busy. And, and, and . . . .
My friends not offering to drag me out for a run was not an excuse. I had plenty of offers.
But I just didn’t feel ready.
I especially felt unready to make a commitment to run with a buddy given that there was a chance I might not be able to finish the route or might slow my running partner down.
I needed to do this on my own.
I had plans this evening to watch a movie while riding the stationary bike. (You can burn the calorie equivalent of a Big Mac that way, you know.)
But as I was driving home from work across the Five Rocks Road / Avenue I bridge, I spotted a couple running east on the Monument Valley Pathway alongside the North Platte River.
The sight of those two runners sparked a conversation in my head.
Look at them running. What a nice day to be running. I wish I could go for a run. Wait a minute. I’m planning to go ride a stationary bike in the basement on a day like this? That’s dumb! I should go for a run instead. Yeah. I think I’ll go for a run.
And so I did.
Thank you, two random runners, for inspiring me and freeing me from my non-running inertia.
*Not counting the time I ran to the pizza joint a half-mile form my house because I was late meeting someone.
Copyright 2014 by Katie Bradshaw