As soon as I woke up this morning, I started reading my Gone Girl again--I really wanted to finish it! I read as I ate breakfast, and finally finished it in the late morning. I was SO disappointed in the ending. It was well-written, but it wasn't at all what I'd hoped would happen. I won't spoil it, but it was a great book, and I'm glad I read it. Today, I borrowed the book The Innocent by Harlan Coben, which is another book that a reader (or two or three) recommended.
After I finished Gone Girl, I got dressed for my run. It was another very cold one today, a "feels like" temp of 10 degrees, like yesterday. I was only scheduled for three miles at an easy pace, but since I took the trouble to get bundled up for a run, I figured I might as well do four. I feel like I should at least run for 30 minutes.
I ran my usual out-and-back route, and on the way back, I noticed a skinned (dead) animal in the ditch. Not to get too gruesome, but I thought it was a cat, and it was heart-breaking. I couldn't keep running without knowing for sure if someone was actually that cruel, so I stopped and turned to look. Thankfully, it wasn't a cat... but someone had skinned probably five or six possums, and then left the carcasses in the ditch. I have no idea why anyone would do that!
When I'd stopped my Garmin to look in the ditch, I accidentally pressed the lap button, so the distances of my splits are screwed up.
It started snowing around lunchtime, and it collected outside pretty quickly. Not a whole lot, but it was enough to cover the ground lightly. I was feeling snacky, so I decided to take my mind off of food and go for a walk in the snow. Surprisingly, Eli asked to go with me, so of course I said sure!
It was fun to go with just Eli. We walked very slowly, and it probably took us 20 minutes to circle the block one time (0.4 miles), but I loved it. He drew a person in the snow:
And we took a picture of us, all bundled up:
When we got back to the house, Eli went inside with Jerry and Noah to drink some hot chocolate while I kept walking. I grabbed the Kindle to start reading The Innocent while I walked. I only did the short loop of our neighborhood, because my hands were frozen, even with gloves. But it was nice to get in some extra activity.
After this morning's run, I was thinking about the ways I've evolved as a runner. Today, I stopped to check out what was in the ditch, and when I first started running in 2010, I wouldn't stop for anything! I used to think that it "didn't count" if I stopped at all during my run. Even if I came across a friend or neighbor, I felt like I had to keep running rather than chat for a moment.
Now, I don't even think twice about it; I just pause my Garmin and do whatever I need to do: adjust my clothing, chat with a friend, see what's in the ditch, wait for a stoplight, or whatever else. Then I keep running and restart my Garmin. The world doesn't end ;)
I also used to be very particular about stopping my Garmin as soon as I hit an even number. I couldn't finish a run at 3.03, or 2.97... I would run a little farther, or stop a little sooner to hit that even number. Now, it doesn't bother me at all to go over the number I was aiming for, but I still like to at least hit that number (so if I saw 2.97, I'd just run a little farther to get to 3.00).
I used to get offended by the word "jog" or "jogger". This doesn't bother me at all anymore. I use the word "jog" when I'm talking about running without purpose, or running much slower than I'm used to (like in-between intervals, I'll "jog" a short distance to recover my heart rate). Usually, people who use the word "jog" are people who are non-runners, and they ask me (to be polite), "Did you have a nice jog?" Nothing wrong with that!
There are still some things that I should probably work on, however: I wish I could run without my Garmin, just "for fun", but I am too numbers-dependant; I have a hard time running without a purpose--I always feel like I need to be training for something; and I'm still too hard on myself when I don't hit a goal.
Anyway, I just thought it was interesting to see how much has changed since I first started running in spring 2010!
Just a reminder, tomorrow is Motivational Monday! If you have a photo of a health/fitness accomplishment that you'd like to share, you can e-mail it to me at SlimKatie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com, subject "Motivational Monday", along with a short description. I may share it on tomorrow's post!