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April 25, 2012

Sunny day

View along the Towpath TrailSeems that every Spring there's a day when the sky is sparkling blue and it's just warm enough to make a visit to the Towpath Trail irresistible.

A last-minute change of plans gave me that opportunity today, and boy did I appreciate it.

I ran south along the canal, Turtles on a logpassing a gang (?) family (?) flock (?) of turtles sunning themselves on a log. What a life!

It was an absolutely perfect day for a run, aside from a slight headwind on the return. The perfect combination of warm sun and cool air felt great, a reminder that life can be good.

In the middle of this lovely run I found myself wondering if my complaining calf muscles could keep going for twice as long (a half marathon). Probably, but it wouldn't be fun.

How about a full marathon (26.2 mi.)? I doubt it.

Having fun yet?

You might think that after thirty years of fairly consistent running several times a week that a six-mile run on a beautiful day would be a total joy, but it doesn't work that way for me.

Every day, every run is something of a struggle. Some days I really don't want to get started. Other days I'm tempted to stop after 5-10 minutes. Some days various body parts (ankle, knee, toe) make me wince in pain for part of the way. Every day I think why isn't this easier?

But. At some point I fall into a rhythm, stop my inner whining and kinda, sorta enjoy the act of running. Today more than most. And always, afterwards I'm glad I got the physical workout.

So look out, turtles. I'll be back.

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