There are few things better than noon-time workouts. It feels great to go out halfway through the day, burn off some endorphins and come back to work refreshed. Noon time workouts give me a chance to start my workday all over again.
Today I had the perfect noon workout. It is November 5th and unseasonably warm. It was the kind of day that allowed me to forget that I was running. I ran downtown along the river into Riverfront Park. The sun was shining down on me…it felt sooo good. I just soaked up the autumn colors and let my mind wander. When my workout was finished, I sat and stretched in the warmth of the sun….dripping with sweat……my mind was still wandering. I was thinking about the race that I committed to this morning. I will be running in the USATF Open/Masters XC Championships at the end of the month. It was just 2 years ago that I ran it for the first time. I was happy to run the 5 mile course in the 29’s on that day. What will I do this time? I am an optimist obviously, so the time that I declare is NOT the time that I hope I will get…but it’s a goal. I am aiming for sub-32. That’s not terrible, but it’s not terribly fast either. I also have a goal for 2013 which I will declare on the 1 year anniversary of my hip replacement. Its nothing too extravagant but it will be a good goal to start training for in 2013. You know, life is short. I figure I’ve got a total of 100 years of life to live. I want to pursue the years that I have left with youthful vigor. With a year of rest under my belt, and a new hip to boot, the youthful optimism in me is telling me that it won’t be long until I will be back to my old running ways.
The hip? Oh! The hip! Well, I have to admit, taking a week off sure felt good. If I had to guess, I’d say the hip is at 95% now!! Good thing. I’ll be playing basketball in a winter league soon – first game at the end of the month. Things…..are getting back to normal.