SOL Day 21: Runner’s High

I have a love/hate relationship with running.

I love the feeling I get when I am done. I hate the feeling I have when I start, before my breathing settles into a steady pace. 

I love the knowledge that I am working toward something – a race, fitness, or just the miles. I hate the knowledge that I could injury myself if I don’t follow the right steps. 

One thing that I really love though is the feeling of accomplishment that I have after my run. I finished an 8 mile run this morning, and it may have been the slowest pace I’ve possibly ever run. However, I am still feeling that inexplicable runner’s high. I was pretty sore when I finished (and for about an hour or two afterward), but now I’m reaping the benefits. I feel good about my run. 

This week, I am staying at my in-laws’ place in Florida, and their neighborhood happens to be right across the street from the University of North Florida. Perfect, I thought, as I started planning this run last week. A college campus, hopefully full of young runners, that I can just meander around and observe as I complete my long run on this Saturday. 

It worked out really well. The campus is beautiful, with lots of trees and trails to look at and explore. I mainly stuck to the roads as I plodded along, listening the NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour and This American Life podcasts.

Podcasts are great running companions because they take your mind off of your body and let you settle in for some storytelling. These two are my go-tos, and they usually don’t disappoint. 

The point is, running makes me feel good. I don’t look like a typical runner and I don’t care though because I know I can do it. I might not be as fast as my cousins or my siblings, but I’m doing it, and that’s enough for me. Running has helped me to focus more on what my body can do, rather than what it looks like. 

SOL Day 20: Winding Down

My Spring Break is winding down, and I’m trying to make the best of my last few days. It’s weird to think that just three days from now, I will be back at home and back into the swing of school. It’s such a jarring difference from spending tonight relaxing with my family out of town.

Today was a lazy day – a rest day from running and nothing planned all day except for family dinner. It’s nice to have days like this, and these are the types of days I like to have on Spring Break. 

I was able to finish one book and start another, and I watched a little bit of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Now I’m sitting and typing, surrounded by family, and doing a combination of reading, watching basketball, and chatting. 

Part of me feels like I wasted a bit of today because I barely went outside on a gorgeous day in Florida, but it’s fine. I’ll make up for it tomorrow when I do my eight mile run! 

Tonight is a good way to spend one of my final nights on vacation. Back to normal life on Monday, but I need to let myself relax and enjoy right now. 

SOL Day 18: Road Trippin’

As it turns out, being on Spring Break can make you forget things. (I forgot to write a slice again yesterday.)

I spent the majority of today inside of a tiny car with three other people as we traveled to Florida. Pit stops were made for gas, sleep was shallow and inconsistent, and I didn’t get as much reading done as I hoped I would. 

The whole time, I was just wishing the ride to be over. I hate thinking this way though, because then I feel like I am wishing away an entire day. I don’t like wasting time – I never feel like I have enough time – so spending 12 hours traveling seems so wasteful to me. 

We made it safe and sound, and I’m spending a little time reading tonight, so it isn’t all a wash. For now, I’m ready  to get a good night’s sleep and enjoy my time with family tomorrow.