Three weeks. Three. Whole. Weeks.
I just want all o’ y’all to know I am not belly-aching. Nor whining. Nor whinging. Nor any other -ing that means the same difference. Just statin’ the facts, y’hear? Took me a whole damn three weeks to shake this thing (and I still have a little frog in my throat) but have decided enough was enough.
Today was (is?) the day that I put my lungs to the test! The only thing I had to decide was do I do 20, 25 or 30 minutes? I promised myself to go slow and if there was anything whatsoever that didn’t feel right, I was going to walk it. Hell, I even brought my ear buds so I could continue listening to “Beloved” by Toni Morrison (such beautiful writing but… what? Anyway.)
The morning had started off with dark skies and rain but by noon, blue skies and puffy clouds and sunshine. So nice. So inviting and enticing. So perfect.
I set my running app to “run”, my timer to 16 minutes (so I know when to turn around) and started my Tabata timer, choosing the 10 sets of run/walk, for a total of 30:25 and off I went. I made sure I kept my pace slow and steady. 1:45 minutes of running, 1:00 of walking. Since I am reading “Breath” by James Nestor, I and have been practicing nose breathing. Oy. Not so easy when running but something I can see improving with time.
The temps were perfect and the wind was lightly gusting, but not enough to bother me. I put up my hood when it was a bit more chilly than I liked but other than that? Really nice. I was even able to run through my little park, the mud being minimal. A robin added with a trill of encouragement!
I had barely reached my destination park when my halfway timer went off. At that point, I decided to make my wall all the way to my discovered path and walk my way back. So glad I did.
Walking back, I remembered I had my ear buds and turned on my book. I was in no rush and it felt so good to just be out in the sun without a huge coat.
Of course, I had to take a photo of “my” willow 😉
In all, a distance of 6.7 km (4.15 miles) were run/walked and it felt great.
I got home and not half an hour later?
Talk about great timing!
I was going to end with a poem or response to a prompt like I did last week but hey, look at the time! It’s almost 10:00 p.m. Tomorrow is my first day at my new job. I need to rest!
Have a fantabulous night, folks (and Monday)! And thanks for sticking with me.