I know you all have heard a lot from the two of us in the past day or so (apparently we’re feverishly making up for lost time or something) but I just had to share this evening’s awesomeness with you.
I hadn’t been on a run since Sunday; the week was just too busy. I swear I was in action doing stuff from the time I woke up at the crack of dawn (just kidding but early for me) to get kids to school until about midnight-thirty when I finally fell into bed. It was just one of those weeks but it was super productive.
No running though….until tonight.
To make up for my lack of running I decided I would run at least four miles. There’s a loop around town that I estimated to be about six miles I’ve been wanting to do, I figured I’d do an Out & Back and cover two miles of it then come back (hence the name out & back).So I did….and then I kept going.
It’s a nice night, the kind of spring weather I’ve been waiting for: mid sixties, a little windy, blue sky with fluffy white clouds. I felt good. So I just kept going. The only problem was that I didn’t bring any water with me. That would’ve required planning.
Around three miles in I was getting pretty thirsty. The ditch water by the board walk I was running on was even starting to look good. I imagined myself crouching down to slurp some ditch water. The thought made me smile and I kept running. About half a mile later there was the opportunity to cut through a school complex. I could probably find a drinking fountain in there but it would shorten the path I was now decidedly running. Mentally I was feeling good and I wanted to see jut how long this would last and how long this loop really is.
This made me think about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Physically I needed some water, my body was telling me so but my pride won out and I kept running. Mind over matter, baby. Isn’t that what running is all about? I’m not saying I’m closer to self-actualization than I had been before this run but I definitely wasn’t getting further from it.