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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Turning my frown upside down

My plan today was to dash out for a run as soon as my meeting ended at 11:00.  With another meeting at 1:00, I had plenty of time to change, run, shower, and even eat my lunch.  However, I procrastinated.  I wasn’t feeling it.  As the clock ticked to 11:10, and then 11:15, I texted Scott:

“I don’t feel like running L

His reply:

“Maybe just go out and see how you feel”

That worked like a charm!  I conquered the crankiness, the dreariness of today, and the weight of too many to-do’s at work and got myself out for a run.


Within the first mile, I proceeded to pass a woman walking her dog.  I love dogs, but have a healthy respect for them.  So, I overly avoided the dog and ran on the grass.  Wait, did I say grass?  I meant swamp.  Yes, swamp most definitely articulates what I stepped into!  Before I knew it, I was ankle deep in a soggy grassy area and it seemed like it went on like that forever!
This is a re-creation; no real blades of grass were injured in the filming
The woman I passed must have realized what was happening and yelled after me, “I’m so sorry!”.  She sounded genuine and frankly, she didn’t make me overly avoid her dog, so how could I be annoyed?  I ended up laughing out loud at myself and the situation.  Shoes immediately soaked, I pressed on with a big fat smile on my face, laughing at myself and enjoying every minute of it.  For someone who had procrastinated getting out there, I sure did have myself a good time!

And a pretty damn good progression run too, if I say so myself:


I can recall times when I succumbed to the “don’t feel like running” feeling and regretted that decision almost immediately, but I can honestly say I’ve never regretted heading out for a run.  Today was no exception.


Anyone ever regret going for a run vs. not going for a run? 
 


15 comments:

  1. never regretted a run I went on, but surely have regretted ones that I didn't. Glad you got it done! :) I'd like to go out again if the freakin rain would ever stop!

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    1. Seriously about the rain...enough!! I got out today at lunch as well and dodged a few benign raindrops, but still. C'mon sun!

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  2. Love it! Great way to laugh at yourself and enjoy it!

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  3. You know Lisa you can only get so wet....the rest runs off like water on a duck. Dave

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  4. Glad you got out there and that it put a smile on your face!
    It's hard to regret a run. I think the only time I have is when I know my knee is bad but I'm so desperate to run that I do it and make my knee worse.
    I love when runners go far around me and Harold. He's a bit of a wildcard, and I try to always watch for runners and move to the grass/reel him in, but sometimes they just sneak up!

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    1. I've definitely been that runner who sneaks up on the person w/ dog. Try not to, but sometimes it's unavoidable. I think that's why I totally get why my little goofy moment happened.

      Hope you're feeling strong again soon for your race!!

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  5. What a supportive guy to give you that boost to get out there. I also go out of the way to give doggies space. What a mess and something funny to get you through the run.

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    1. Yes, I knew he'd spark the flame. I love dogs, but trust none of them - not even my own (i.e. I trust her as being a wonderful loving dog, but until she can speak human to me, I can't afford to trust her 100%), so glad I made the move I did. And my shoes dried perfectly for today's run :)

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  6. Nice! Glad you went out for that run! And I try to avoid dogs while running, too. I get scared.

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    1. Interestingly, today I was running on my street when a human and his dog (that I'm slightly familiar with) walked out from their driveway - off lead. The dog proceeded to run towards me and actually bumped into me! I stopped and looked at the owner who lamely called "C'mon Cocoa". Really? That's it?

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  7. Nope! I find the runs where you struggle to "get out the door", usually end up being some of the best..... Nice Run ! :)

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