Really, I mean it. Good morning!
This has been my new thing when I’m running. I am just amazed at how many people I pass who never look my way or if they do never say anything. Is this a snobby Marin County thing? or is the rest of the country like that? I thought these Marin folks were supposed to be the nicest!
What ever happened to this simple act of being kind and courteous. It just takes a second. So my latest mission when out running is to say Good Morning! to everyone I pass. Even if they are on a bike, or wearing headphones (I am!). I might refrain from saying it to some men, who I get a “creepy” factor from. Otherwise it’s on! And the passer-byers are always sort of surprised that I say that. They usually respond and even smile!
Think about how good it might make someone feel to have some human interaction that maybe they are not getting. Two Words. So simple. Try it sometime. See what happens.
Today it was a good morning. I did my longest run yet since coming back two months ago. I ran 10 miles. I have no races planned and no real reason to run that far. I just wanted to. I slogged though the whole thing, but I did it. And I’m proud of myself for sticking it out when I could have walked multiple times. It took me 1:49:36. There were a few small hills, but I did them and walked a couple on the back side of the lake I ran to.
I had thought I would run this a tad faster, but I also felt like I was running with the weight of the world on my shoulders. That is pretty heavy. Funny how stuff in your head can slow your pace down considerably.
That’s all fine. I think most of that weight started to fall off after the 6th mile and chunks of it can be found scattered along the base of Phoenix Lake. WARNING: No one should pick it up. it’s toxic material. There was a lot of crazy talk going on and I’ll spare you the details, but closer to the end it quieted down.
Now my legs are spent, and the only real chore I have to do today is get my haircut. In my loopy state of mind, I am tempted to make a big change. But in the end I will probably do very little. I have waited so long for my hair to grow to this length, I hate to chop it off. But it needs some rescue.
That’s all I’ve got. Gonna keep pressing on and maybe even think about doing a race (a half) in the coming months. I have one in mind, but am not ready to publicly announce it.
Hope you are experiencing the beautiful weather we are here in sunny Northern Calif. It’s hot out there today! Stay cool!
Have an great weekend.