Last week, June 5th was National Running Day, so I was determined to get out and run. However....
facebook post that day:
"It's National Running Day today, unfortunately I missed my early morning before-work opportunity; so for lunch I went for a 4.6 mile trail run. It was a nice 89 degrees, muggy and buggy being down here in southern Louisiana. I was soaking wet and blistered by the end of it.
Happy Running Day to all"
Why I Run
I ran on the Cross Country team in highschool because everyone made the team.
In college, I ran because the trails through the Hudson Valley were absolutely gorgeous and it was a way to get my head straight and burn some calories at the same time.
Since then I have found many reasons to run and have finally become comfortable calling myself a runner.
Running is part of my life. It is something I do for myself. It is something I share with others. I come to realize that I have inspired people around me and in return have been inspired myself. I have many, many unforgettable memories tied to running.
Races and marathons are of course high on that list, however I've had many amazing experiences on training runs. And yet I still struggle with consistency, and find myself regularly suffering and fighting to get back into "running shape".
It gets harder as I get older, especially when I take off for longer periods of time.
There's a nice 4 mile loop around the lakes at LSU down here in Baton Rouge.
It's relatively flat, but what makes it challenging is the heat and humidity, which can be pretty stifling depending on the time of day.
It can also wreak havoc on one's feet in terms of blisters which I happen to be prone to get.
I've been faring well since switching to Vibram 5-fingers and other minimalist shoes. However the other day I ended up with several hot-spots and blisters.
I went for a trail run at the Comite River Park which is actually a mountain bike trail.
I went in the middle of the day and ended up getting lost, which wasn't a big deal except I ended up running considerably longer which ended up giving me a whole new bunch of blisters and hot spots.
My feet have taken a beating over the years, blisters being mild compared to the ankle sprains I've suffered.
Ironically, I'm finding the less I put on my feet the fewer injuries I have. I haven't had any ankle issues since running in minimalist shoes and many fewer blisters and hot-spots.
Today I gave running with no shoes on try. I ran the first 3 miles of the lake loop with my Vibrams and then took them off and ran au natural for the final mile.
It was not bad at all on the smooth concrete but when I got to a more textured surface, I felt like I had pounded my poor dogs with a meat tenderizer, but once I hit concrete again I was fine.
We'll see how this experiment turns out.
I've never really considered doing the Boston Marathon. Qualifying for it and then getting selected seemed to be such a long shot.
However, after what happened this last year, I feel compelled to make it a goal. It would be great to be there next year, to run in honor of those whose lives were taken or horribly changed by a couple of .... I don't want to acknowledge or categorize those responsible.
It would be an incredible experience to finish the Boston Marathon. I now have yet another new goal.
Check out the remarkably awesome Unicorn medal.