Breaking the Rules
After my rough experience on the treadmill yesterday, there was nothing that was going to stop me from running outside today. Except for what was going to stop me.
I pulled on my warm running tights and half-zip shirt, grabbed my gloves, headband, adn RoadID. I wrapped my Ipod band around my arm, and as I put my headphones on, I walked up to the crosswalk that leads to the park I run in.
And then I was greeted by this:
I thought about my options.
1. Go to the gym and try the treadmill thing again.
2. Go home and run near the neighborhood.
3. Don’t run.
None of those options satisfied me.
1. I was dressed to run in 40 degrees- I can’t imagine running in that gear in the hot sweaty gym would be fun. Going home to change and back to the gym would take way too long, and there’s construction on that road making it take even longer to get there.
2. Running near my neighborhood means running on the hard cement sidewalks. My feet don’t care for cement.
3. Well now, that’s just silly.
So I went with option 4:
Duck under the gate and run in the park anyway.
I like option 4 🙂
Look closely at that picture….you can see asphalt behind the gate. That’s not hazardous. I was willing to risk it.
Being extra cautious, I decided to take the run slowly and even stopped to take a few pictures of the snow covered park. The part you can run in is really just a road that loops around an old military battle site. You can take a walking or driving tour that talks about the history of the battle, but I haven’t done that yet.
The closed gate was kind of nice- I didn’t have to worry about getting in the way of any cars. (By the way- I was not the only one to sneak in- I passed plenty of dog walkers ;))I did the loop once, then turned around and did the loop the other way around.
I almost peed my pants when I saw a cop car driving towards me.
Then I used my reading skills and saw it was only a park ranger. He just waved and kept driving. By the time I got back to the park entrance, the gate was open.
The ranger must have been scouting it out and realized it was not in fact hazardous.
I wore my old Asics today in case I needed to run through snow or enountered any mud. (Still don’t want the new shoes getting dirty yet!) I can now officially say I LOVE THE MIZUNOS!!! I thought it might be coincidence, but after a week of wearing the new Mizunos and not having many aches and pains, then a day in my Asics- it’s definitely the shoes. It still hurts a little, but it’s loads different. My feet don’t feel as beat and bruised in the Mizunos, and it takes longer for my knees to start hurting. I guess change can be good, huh?
After my run I came home and heated up a quick lunch of leftover baked pasta and a new flavor of RiceWorks chips- Parmesan and Sundried Tomato.
The flavor was just screaming at me to try- it’s good, but I think I like the regular ones better. I probably won’t be buying these anymore though, the bag is more than half empty to start with—not cool.
Well I’ve got lots and lots to accomplish today! Being that procrastinating is probably my best skill, I’ve decided that if I knock off 80% of it by this afternoon, I’m rewarding myself. 🙂 (Of course with the stipulation that I finish all of it by the end of the day…)