Five years after I started running, I’m experiencing a new round of “firsts.”
And it was glorious.
With temperatures in the 60s, blue skies and sunshine, I walked briskly through an easy trail at our campground, just north of Lansing.
For the first two miles, I ran the last .2 Miles very slowly. I definitely need to start doing this more often because I was working kind of hard, but felt really, really good.
I stopped for a moment to admire the lake, not stopping for long before getting back on the trail.
There were a lot of people out and about, many walking their dogs. Birds were everywhere, chirping and squawking. I even came up on a sandhill crane, who didn’t appreciate the intrusion and flew off before I could shoot it’s picture.
I also caught a few turtles sunning themselves on logs.
Despite my happiness at the weather, creatures and physical activity, I smartly walked my third mile and boosted the running portion to .25 before heading back to my campsite.
I’m happy to report that I did a lot of sitting, took a nap and later even built a fire.
A few hours later, I still felt good and didn’t notice any bad effects from my run/walk through the woods.
So today, I did 7 miles on the treadmill at home. I even ran .25 for each mile.
And while I still feel great, I need to remember not to get caught up in the moment and over-do it. After all, this chica has Detroit Free Press Marathon goals.
Have you experienced any “firsts” recently? I want to hear from you. Please leave a comment below. (You may have to click on “Continue Reading” to leave a comment.)