|End of run around 6 AM...I can't think yet...|
Anyway, ugly or not, it was a wonderful thing to be back out on the pavement. I've very much enjoyed the holidays, but they have wreaked havoc on my running and on maintaining anything like reasonable eating. I am ready to get back to doing the same thing at the same time each day. Though I genuinely love extreme randomness and spontaneity and change, the truth is I thrive on a pretty regimented routine and schedule.
WHERE to run is an issue just now. I can't do my beloved Centennial bridge, because it turns out no one bothers to clear the walking part of it. Why bother? It's only exercisers and poor folks, and who really cares about either of those demographics? I am surprised that even the downtown area where I live does not have consistently cleared sidewalks - does no one here think about liability? (My sarcasm meter is warning me to stop now, for the love of God...)
So for now, I am running up Main Street hill, because it is a nice, wide, very clear street and I can just skip the sidewalk. The down side is that my first almost-mile is all very much UPhill, and as I've mentioned before, my first half mile is invariably my roughest part of the run - I'm just a very slow starter. So it's a chugga chugga kind of beginning, but this morning, IT WORKED and I intend to stick with this plan for as long as necessary.
Here's to "back to life as usual." Happy New Year, all! I pray that this year astonishes you with its blessings.