I am participating in the March Slice of Life Challenge: A slice a day for all of March. You should do it too! Thank you, Two Writing Teachers! Readers, check out their site, and start slicing!
Before I argue with myself I want to go it will be so cold running is hard running is good I gear up plan think fresh air sun accomplishment coffee shop at finish First step out the door a cold blast I walk wait to begin try to stretch Music starts I run Ugh I'm slow Why do I start up a hill? dumb It is cold My toes are cold My fingers too I should have worn gloves Maybe I’ll just run one mile it's better than nothing, right? I round the corner to a slight downhill then straight I settle in Now I have to decide Straight to more decisions the possibility of a short run Or turn left, run farther from home where my only decisions are 2 miles or more I turn left with an immediate sense of regret running is hard now I'm hot I wrestle my jacket off tie it on my waist spend a few minutes distracted by tangled headphones Down a hill my app tells me its been a mile I feel good! If I can do 1 mile, I can do my Saturday 3 I remember this how running is good not easy -- but fun free with loud music a helpful beat Up a hill I tell myself that even 2 miles would be admirable after all, I ran yesterday the kids are waiting for me to come home I am going to run again tomorrow I hit my stride on a long stretch of straight and then down I know it's because it's downhill so I lengthen my gait I push it The bottom of the hill has more decisions straight and I can run to the track finish up a 3.1 and walk the mile home right and I will run all the way to the hill of doom where I will certainly stop around 2.7 but I will be so close to home the finish I'm thirsty I'm a little bit bored. But that hill I always stop on that hill Mind over matter hasn’t worked -- yet I go straight, right left stop at the l o n g traffic light left all the way to the track 2.74 is what my map tells me when I see that the track is covered with snow I take that as an excuse to stop. I walk home with coffee I think Running is good I wonder how much I'll run tomorrow.