When I get up earlier than usual, I expect the rest of the world to also just be waking up, not on their way to work already, but it was rush hour in the park today! I had to keep turning up my podcasts (NY times book review & Planet Money) in order to hear the words and I saw way more cars than runners, unlike my past few morning runs in the park.
While drinking my morning hot water over lemon & honey, I had read an article about pacing the run portion of a triathlon. This obviously didn’t apply to me today but the “tip from the pro” said “smile when you run”. It loosens facial muscles, which trigger the release of neck and shoulders.
I smiled away, as my legs felt tired and my lungs begged me to stop but my upper body stayed loose as I fought my way through the wind. I kept my sweatshirt zipped the entire run because, although it wasn’t a cold wind and I could have used a little more air to regulate my temperature, I wanted to keep my neck insulated. My throat is still dry and I have an occasional hacking cough.
On the way down to the beach I took a new route and found myself running through fallen branches, full of little pink flowers. I decided I needed to stop through there on my way home and pick up one to decorate my entryway.
The beach was magnificent and expansive- and WINDY! I walked for a few minutes to rest while I took in the view then turned back, squinting in the sunshine and allowed the wind to propel me back up through the park.
The branch was larger than I had realized but those flowers are sturdy and despite bumping and scraping it through the entryway, the flowers remain intact. I had to protect my new tree when my husband carried his bike out of the house, and soon I’ll find it a more out-of-the-way home, but I’m sure enjoying it and giggling a little each time I walk by.
4 mile easy run, felt difficult even though my pace was slow, no pain anywhere after yesterday’s massage