Saturday, June 14, 2008

My first 8-miler

I did it! I ran 8 miles for the first time in my life. I left the house at 7:15ish and ran past BCC by way of going up Plank, down Arrington, up Luster's Gate to Harding. I didn't stop running until I got to the entrance of our neighborhood and I walked in the door at 8:42. It was not as bad as I thought and I never thought I wouldn't make it. I definitely got into a groove and just stayed there!

The whole trip was a bit over 8 miles because when I left the house the first time and got down to Harding, I turned and saw our dog running up to join me so I had to walk her back home first, THEN start again.

WOW that felt great...might have to make that a Saturday ritual.

Kind of makes up for tennis last night when I just could not get into it and just wanted to leave. I don't know what that was all about except that I've been going full tilt all week again and just could not focus. I swam after tennis just to decompress.

When I run I listen to Christian rock/contemporary stuff. I'm not a regular church-goer at the moment, but I've done enough Bible study to be a believer. If you've never listened to it, the music is motivating, uplifting, humbling, and puts a perspective on life that I lose on a daily basis and regain through music. It's not at all fuddy-duddy; there's as great a range of Christian music as mainstream music. Lyrics aside, it sounds like alot of what college folks listen to, but without the trash themes. I get alot from the year-end compilations like:

Anyway, I'm going to stay close to home today, weed the garden, grocery shop, cook dinner, and enjoy a movie night with the kids...and! I did have to step on the scale after sweating all that time to finally witness the scale saying 139.0. Once I rehydrate that'll go back up.