It has been a good long while since I ran with any regularity. I started the new year pledging to run once a week. I did not overcome, however, the initial cold of the winter and the exhaustion of work in the spring. Aside from a few bursts of resolve, the summer proceeded without a sweat as well.
Now, the school year has begun. The kids are back in school. I have managed to awake at 4 (or close to it) in the morning. I have also partially trained myself to prepare everything for the next day – the clothes, everyone’s lunch packed in tins, etc. This is important because, now, I have the time to meet the brisk morning air with the challenge to defy me.
I have done four runs within the last week — a four mile start, two mile-long ‘sprints’, and a six mile stretch that my wife insisted upon. She wants to run a marathon together so I have to keep adding the distance. I wouldn’t know. She gets all the magazines. I’m just out there kicking the concrete and having a great time.
So, it’s getting serious. Those two sprints just rekindled my motivation. Driven pounding of the pavement before the sun comes up – I am starting to live for those moments. By next week, I hope I can keep pushing forward. Maybe you’ve got a goal like this. Maybe you can take the first run at one small piece, one microsection. Maybe I’lll see you out there ‘on the course’.