Getting out the door

6 Jun

You know those days when you just don’t want to get out the door for a run? Yeah, that was today.


An hour before our scheduled meeting time it was windy, raining, and not at all appealing for a run. I was tired and haven’t been running well. The mosquitoes have been out in full force lately and they LOVE me. And we were meeting at a trail head for the UAF ski trails, so it was likely to be slippery and muddy in places. But it’s National Running Day and I had arranged for our TEAM practice to be tonight instead of tomorrow so we could run on National Running Day. I knew none of the other mentors would be at practice, so I really needed to at least be there for the beginning.

Then the rain stopped and the sun came out. So I went to meet the TEAM. I figured I could always start the run and go shorter than what was on the schedule. I also made sure I had a nice covering of bug dope to attempt to fend off the mosquitoes. At first it was only me and Coach Chris there. Then another four TEAMies joined us. Chris had a nice out and back route marked out for us, so off we went, leaving the scent of DEET behind as we headed down the trail.

It turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL evening for a run. The sun was out but it wasn’t too hot. The trails were wet, but not terribly slick and muddy. The light was beautiful and amazingly there were hardly any mosquitoes bothering us! Best of all, the running felt GOOD. I turned around a tad early, figuring I didn’t want to push things, but ended up catching up with two others on their way back and spent a bit walking and chatting with them before running again. I returned to the start and the coach commented on how I ended up running for an hour after all. I was enjoying the evening so much that I hadn’t even noticed. Glad I made myself get out the door after all.

2 Responses to “Getting out the door”

  1. gwelch51 June 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    The hardest part for me is getting my running clothes on. Once I decide to change clothes for a run I’m set…but I can sure talk myself out of suiting up!

    I’ve regretted skipping a run, but I’ve never regretted hitting the pavement.

  2. northpolemama July 21, 2012 at 12:16 am #

    The Mosquitos are a real damper on enjoying the outdoors for me. Kudos for getting out there anyway! Glad it turned out to be a great run after all!

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