Last Run of Week 9.
Warm and Sunny, so I took it to Campus. Since the runs are longer and I am not necessarily trying to track mileage right now, the loops at the parks can get monotonous.
I figured Saturday meant no students on the sidewalks and no traffic in the streets, since there are no classes, and variation in the running route.
There was, however, new student orientation and a Baseball game, which, of course, meant I would see one of my students while I was huffing up a hill on the outside perimeter of campus.
I almost got taken out by one of the campus landscaping vehicles. I jumped when I realized it was there and the guy driving laughed. But he wasn’t not attractive, so I let it slide.
This was a very nostalgic run for me. When I was an undergrad, I walked those same hills and sidewalks that I chose to run. In 2005-2006, I couldn’t make it from class to my apartment on campus without sweating through all of my clothes and needing five minutes to recover from shortness of breath. Today I conquered those brick paths with no issue and passed my old building feeling really proud.
The last ten minutes I ran up the parking deck in the back of campus
I got a side stitch with 7 minutes left, the kind that creeps all the way up your neck, but I knew the only option was to run through it, because that’s what I would have to do during a 10k, anyway.
I used to go to the top of this deck with Tor and talk about deep things, like life and Ryan Cabrera. Me from 2005 would have had to take the elevator to meet me from 2014 there.
Overall, good run week. I guess you can bring on week 10 now.
LYBW: a twofer for yesterday’s absence. My mind and my heart. Without these two bad girls, none of this would have happened. I wouldn’t have had the fortitude to say enough is enough and change things, to believe in myself for one more mile or one more rep. To push when it felt like I was sprinting through quicksand. Without the combined tiny voice from these two that said “keep going, you have to keep going” life would be drastically different.
Enjoy your weekend guys. (And set your clocks forward tonight!)