A bit slow to start. The soles of my shoes touch the concrete with the familiar sound. The cold air hits my face and enters my lungs as my breathing quickens a bit then steadies. Press “start”.
Watch out for that pothole! Whoa- must have been a windy night with all those branches on the ground. Uhh. That smell.. What is that? Oh, soggy leaves. Better be careful, those are so slippery when piled up. They really ought to rake those in. Did I pay that bill? So glad I wore gloves but not a hat. It’s chilly out but I definitely would have been too warm with a hat. Oh wow, they painted! Not my favorite color but it’s an improvement from that drab grey. This is a good time to get out. Not too many cars on the street. Tight calf muscles. I knew I should have stretched a bit longer. Keep it going.
Ahh, that’s better. Turn the volume up. Pace steadies. Music continues to play, but there is also the comforting silence of the outdoors . No phones, no TV, no chatter.
What a beautiful day! The sun feels so good. Funny looking cat. Always lurking around the yard but never leaves. I love this song (turn volume up again)! Humming.. “We used to wait…ooooh We used to wait!”
Autopilot kicks in, cruise control is on. Smile and nod “hello” to a passerby. Breaths and movement are second nature. Feet are light. “I used to rule the world. Seas would rise when I gave the word. Listen as the crowd would sing, Now the old kind is dead. The old kind is dead!”. .
That’s how we can do it. I knew it. Should have followed my gut. Oh- that’s a thought. Might work- worth trying! Definitely going to do the Warrior Dash this year.. Maybe the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Yeah- it’s in Portland now! Yaaaay! Here I come! Hoo hoo!
Definitely taking this route next time. More trees and the houses are funkier. Less traffic this way. Lovin’ this sunshine.
I can take this. Steady as she goes. Feet are light. Slight incline. “Simmer down now Simmer down now ..Quiet dog, bite hard, my god! ” Pace picks up ever so slightly. Body is fully relaxed now. Great song to power through it.
Ha! Just as I suspected. Cat is still there in its usual place at the edge of the lawn. Hi kitty. Why on earth is this on my playlist? Forward, forward. Nah.. There we go. Love the Plimsouls! Millliooooon miiiiles away… Nah nah nah..
Now THAT is a bad-ass car. “So I took a big/chance At the high school/dance With a lady who was ready to play It wasn’t me she was/foolin Cause she knew what was she was/doin when she told me how to walk this way..Walk this way…. Talk this way..”
Hi Ruby. Sweetest lab ever! Oh great, re-paving the street! About time. Dang potholes. Bet those roses smell so good.
Deep breath, smile. Feeling weightless. Completely at peace. Cruising. Almond butter and Lara bar- eat that next time too. Good stuff.
Volume down .. Loosen my neck and shoulders a bit. Cross the street and make a left. Pace slows. Press “stop”. Really wish they would paint our building for crying out loud. I mean really. What is this, 1968? Really glad I didn’t wear that hat. Gloves come off. Up the stairs, slowly.
Deep breath. Going to be a beautiful afternoon. God I love running.