Last night's run sucked a**.
I know we all have 'em, it's just been so long since I've had one: a crap-filled run. I said to Geof that I couldn't remember feeling more awkward running, other than my first run back after Vermont 100 in 2009 (my first hundie).
Everything felt off. My feet felt like balloons. My ankles felt brittle and ached. My knees ached, too. My hips and hamstrings felt tight. My stomach was sour. My mind, good grief my mind, was on a rampage. The wind howled on the way out, but pushed us along nicely on the way back. We both grunted and grimaced most of the way, otherwise running in silence. At least we were in the same boat :)
Four miles never felt so long. My legs never felt so slow. The night never felt so foreboding. City noises never annoyed me so much. All I could think about was getting home to warmth...and pizza.
I am definitely a morning runner. Especially in winter.
This morning's run was infinitely better. But the bitter taste of a crappy run still sat on my tongue. Good thing it's nothing a hot cup of black tea can't snuff out!
I can't wait for tomorrow's run :)
Random Nature Note:
Last night we came home to our mini-tree/plant-that-we-are-unsure-of-what-it-is (aka "Stella") drooped at a 90 degree angle, leaves pitifully limp and dangling ominously. I never realized how attached I am to our house plants until that moment. My heart began to sink. "Stella!" I poured her a tall drink of water as we left for our run. When we came back, I hopped into a hot shower and Geof burst into the bathroom, "Stella just shot straight up!" When I finished, I stole a peek and sure enough, she was standing fully upright, leaves once again wide and firm. Stella was once again stunning :) Isn't that incredible?
Nature, my friends, is awesome.