Yesterday I was in the town where I lived right out of college. It’s a smallish agricultural community (I kind of can’t believe I lived there, but that’s another story) and the place I grew up in a lot of ways. Or, at least I thought I did haha. Anyway, it’s also the place I became a runner. Well… the place where I learned to run. I decided to drive my old route and um… it was 2.8 miles.
It’s funny, I used to think running that route was such an accomplishment. And I’m not diminishing running nearly 3 miles– it is great but compared to what I do now, it’s hilarious. And I think it used to take me more than a half an hour. It’s funny too how running routes get ingrained in our bodies and memories. I drove by my old apartment and remembered every turn and inch of my old running route even though it’s been more than 5 years. I remembered “early morning” runs and took a minute to marvel at what a different runner I am now.
I remembered dreaming of running a marathon but thinking there was no way I could do that… now I’ve run 2. I remember thinking a 10 minute mile sounded like an accomplishment and now I can run one in 6 minutes if I need to. I remembered thinking that if I ran two days in a row that I’d get shin splints and now I run 6-7 days per week without much trouble. It’s just funny what a little time and experience can do.
In some ways I’m annoyed that I wasn’t more of a runner– I lived in a gorgeous area with tons of amazing trails and paths for running and I never took advantage of it. I don’t think I knew that it was such a great area, but live and learn. It’s fun to look back though. In some ways I’m the same and in some ways I am so very different.
This morning I met my early morning friends for an 8 mile tempo run. I was tired and my stomach felt weird but it was really fun. My birthday is on Monday and the girls brought me a birthday running bib I had to wear during the run (SO CUTE!) and brought coffee and muffins. We negative split the run and it felt good to be with my friends again. My hips are bugging me a little bit but I’m going to spend some nice quality time with my foam roller and trigger point kit.