Day 5: Completed
How I feel: Good! Even the shin splints are letting up a bit (thank you Calcium/Magnesium). It was almost...pleasant. Shocker, I know. I may even be able to puff out a word or two to you if you were to join me. I guess I will be ready for Week Two. Heaven help me.
Why I ran: Because it's starting to feel good. And because now I'm curious--when will the scale reflect changes? I've been running for almost two weeks now, eating less, making better choices. And the scale has budged not one pound. Please tell me I don't need to eat any less because I am STARVING. Thank you.
Changes: This morning my timing and my route changed. Why? This morning I'm on my way in to help in the Grade Two classroom. I needed to get my run in BEFORE the kids left for school instead of after, so I had to get up before sunrise and head out in the cool and dark. It was actually really, really nice. As for the route change? See below.
Things to photograph: A partridge. I wasn't far from the house, about half way through my warm up walk, and I noticed a sillhouette against the sky. I watched it. Hawk? Quail? No, Partridge! But I don't remember partidges flying very well. How'd he get up there? Partidges do fly, right? How come every time I see them they're waddling about on the ground? What's it doing up there? Is there a pear tree nearby (I'm so witty in the morning)? And then I realized I'd better look in front of me instead of behind me and there was a SKUNK. Oh yes, a plump skunk, weaving his way back and forth down the road, straight towards me. He was maybe 15 feet away and closing in. I slowed way, way down. I thought I could maybe choose one side of the road and he could have the other, but no. Mr. Skunk wanted the whole road. And as I got to 10, 9, 8 feet, he stopped and did the tail lift thing and I decided that if Mr. Skunk wanted the whole road, he could have the whole road. I have been sprayed by a skunk once in this lifetime and that was too much. So I turned tail and started walking carefully back the way I came. And then it was time for my first run interval and I decided that running seemed like a very good idea. And I ran. Eventually he was well behind me and I could notice other things. Fuzzy caterpillar on the road. Giant, gorgeous, golden harvest moon. Mmmm. Love it! Sunrise. What a sunrise! I think I like this running with the sunrise thing. A neighbour with old washing machine agitators turned flower pots out in front of his house. Looks cool. Swampland in it's fall best, all reds and golds and cattails and reeds (and no bugs left). Another neighbour with one perfectly red tree in his backyard where all the other trees around it are still green. In my own yard, once home again, deer grazing. I spook them as I come to the door, but when the kids and I look out the window at breakfast they're back, watching us warily through the window.
It's a nice way to start the day.