June 9, 2013

Running Out of the Gutter


I don't know why, but I've had to pull a few runs out of the gutter lately. The gutter being a place where  apathy runs roughshod over enthusiasm and fatigue makes the rules. I've learned a few things about getting out of the gutter lately. Get up. Lace up. Start walking. Jog if I can. Keep moving forward. Distance means nothing. Just keep moving forward. Run.

I started today's run knowing I could only do 5 or 6 miles, but believing I should leave my options open. I started with a few stride outs, but those didn't feel right. So I started climbing. Into the hills, then down the canyon and along the bike trail. So many people! Runners, cyclists, walkers, everyone was out. I thought I saw two people I knew! One turned out to be a false alarm, but the other? "Hey Lindsay!" I yelled. No response. So I keep running...14, 15, 16 miles, and out of the gutter.
 


5 comments:

it's all about pace said...

well said and well done.

Lindsay Janke said...

Hi Will!! Sorry, I didn't mean to ignore you! I didn't know it was you until we had passed each other, and then I didn't think you recognized me, so I just kept running. I was still running "out" when I saw you and had to run "back" to get home, so I was hoping I would run into you again so I could say hi on the second pass, but no such luck. It was kind of fun to see you, though; I figured it might happen at some point. :)

Lindsay Janke said...

...and I was a surprised this morning when I decided to read your blog--I read it pretty regularly, but never expected to see myself show up in it! See you on the trail (and, more likely, in the office)!

Will said...

Lindsay - you looked really focused out there. Glad to see you logging the miles. See you on the trail!

Ben Dooley said...

It's so true, the gutter grows deeper sometimes with a few days break, but then you get your reward when your legs feel eager and rested!