So yesterday I had all of those great intentions for 2009, but the wind was howling, the roads were in terrible shape, and the mercury seemed to be losing a futile attempt to get out of the teens. I would have been content sitting on the couch and watching the Twilight Zone marathon on TV, cracking another Miller Lite (yes, staying health conscious in '09 moving from the pub ales to the light beer, I am such a dork!), and just enjoying a day off with no where to go, and nothing to do.
Two hours later I am throwing on layers, swearing under my breath, and waiting for the Garmin to latch on to a satellite signal.
Nothing real fancy - 20 minutes of easy running. I really feel like I am in horrible shape right now, and to make matters worse, my IT band seemed to not enjoy the running idea one bit. Face sufficiently wind burned and frost bitten, knee sore and achy, and what comes barreling down the once quiet road:
Yeah, three plows to be exact. Being the courteous and vigilant pedestrian I hopped up on a snow bank and got dirty looks from each plow driver. I thought about giving all three the finger just on principal, but that's not how I roll.
Speaking of Plow drivers...
I am glad I got out to run, but one has to wonder why we do this to ourselves? I obviously need the exercise, and was sort of suffering from a mean case of cabin fever - trapped in a small apartment with two small children that want to do only two things: make noise and run. Perhaps it was a token offering to the running Gods. A sacrifice of sorts - here is my offering of dedication to the new year of running. Sure, it is only 2.5 miles of poor running, but it was when all other influences were offering the cuddly salvation of warm blankets, cold beverages, and (not that it happens often, or I'll admit it) great TV. Speaking of which, as a creative writer and film fanatic, the Twilight Zone is a little slice of heavenly genius. It provides a window to the early career of an actor like William Schatner, and shows others in my generation that Burgess Meredith did things other than 'Mickey' from the first three Rocky movies! Not to mention each episode exhibits the power of great writing and story telling, and that it is possible to scare the pants off your audience without the benefit of big-budget special effects.
Ah, but I digress...
So I am 1 for 1 in 2009... I guess the goal now simply becomes being ready for the shorter spring races, and, hopefully, an attempt at 50k at the end of May... May, that sounds like a great idea right about now!