It has been raining so much this week. Today I decided I had to chance getting caught in it when I noticed it seemed to be holding off. With a 5k Sunday and the half marathon next Saturday, I'd kick myself if I ended up injuring myself IN race because I hadn't kept up my running. I got a little wet, but nothing too terrible. I've got a bit of a shin splint in my right leg, but it felt good to get back out on the road. It's weird to say this - mainly because I have years of "I hate running" buried in my head - but I like running.
When you're out on the road, trail, sidewalk, or wherever, it's such a freeing feeling. You can go anywhere and if you're conditioned and not pushing yourself too hard, you feel like you can go forever. At first you get out there and your hamstrings are tight, your calves may burn a little, maybe there's a pain in your hip or shin and you start thinking "maybe it'd be best if I just cut short today, save myself from getting injured." But when you know how your body works and you push through that first mile of minor pain, force yourself to lengthen that stride a bit to stretch your legs, and you find that rhythm, the pace that makes you feel like there's no effort needed, you feel free. I don't know if it's more of a physical feeling (endorphins, adrenaline) or mental (feeling good about being in shape), but I love it.
Let me know how you guys are doing with any of your fitness/wellness endeavors! I would love to hear about it.