Last night, I took off on my first neighborhood adventure since returning from Gasparilla. And that wasn’t by choice. Over two weeks of being sidelined by the flu really took its toll. I knew I needed to get out last night — it was a rare 86° degree night! — but, I also knew I needed to take it easy, given what my body had been through since the beginning of the month.
After work, I pulled my running shoes on, and set out on one of my 5k courses. I was surprised at how easy it came — must be like riding a bike, eh? — and although it was definitely hotter than my comfort zone outside, I chugged along.
On this course, I have an option to take on a big hill on Clayton Road, or to turn around at the top of the hill, and fill in the missing distance by taking a detour on Wren Trail. I was feeling kinda froggy, so I decided on the hill.
I’m glad I did.
It’s so very easy to take the less challenging path. I mean, who’s gonna know? At the end of course, it’s still 5k, right? But yesterday, I had something to prove. I got kicked by this illness — hard! — and I needed to show myself that while I was down for a while, I wasn’t out, and I could once again take on these kinds of challenges.
I got to my turnaround point at the bottom of the hill, looked up the hill once, staring it down, and began putting one foot in front of the other. The next time I looked up from the sidewalk, I was almost finished climbing… and that was an awesome feeling!
And with the hill behind me, the rest of the course was relatively flat and easy. I finished up, with a slow finishing time — but speed wasn’t the point of last night. Last night was about finishing something I started, and continuing to fight for every mile I can!
This event benefitted the National Park Foundation.