I'm coming to terms with the fact that summer is gone and October is here.
I like fall, I really do. I just wish there was more sunlight hours.
Overcast days are great days though for running. Last Monday, I met my running group for a run along a local tree-lined path. Work was tiring and I had zero energy. It was slightly humid and overcast but a slight breeze as the sun started to set.
I put on my slow-paced playlist and got behind a couple women that call themselves turtles. Not that I am fast by any means but they are a little slower than I am. At one point they stopped to walk so I continue on ahead of them and got behind an older gentleman.
It was inspiring to see him running at his age. I was also really enjoying the scenery. The song Into The Mystic came on as I followed him around a beautiful tree-line corner and I got tears in my eyes for no reason. It was just suddenly an overwhelmingly beautiful moment.
I took the rest of the week off of running because this weekend, I inadvertently signed up for two 5Ks. That is something I have never done. Yesterday was a 5K at a local speedway. It was chilly, very windy and misting. First uncomfortable run this year. It was tough but cool to run around the track!
The weather took a lot out of me. I did a lot of stretching Saturday night and went to bed early. I was up at at em early this morning to get to the 5K at the Arboretum. This is a race I've wanted to do for a couple years but something always came up.
I wish I hadn't been so tired because it was a beautiful path. There were some inclines unfortunately. My legs demanded to know what I was thinking. I had my slow-paced playlist going and just enjoyed the scenery.
I got a burst of energy from somewhere at about a mile and a half. It didn't last long but I enjoyed it and couldn't stop smiling after I got done.
I'm decompressing now watching the Cubs game, SO EXCITING, and looking forward to an early bed time. It's going to be hard to get up for work tomorrow morning.
Oh and update from my I May Join A Gym blog... I joined a gym. I've belonged to a couple gyms in the past, not a huge fan, but this is different.
It's strictly a one-hour class with a trainer. It's heart-rate based, alternating between time on a water rowing machine, weight training and running on the treadmill. It's dimly lit with heart pumping music playing. I went for one free class with a co-worker and I was hooked.
One of the trainers asked what my goals are. Not wanting a sales pitch, I told her "this is as good as it gets", that I'm 35 pounds lighter, have a little more muscle tone and quite active for my age. She said I would rethink that after a few months there.