This morning’s workout was a 10 mile run on the river trail. Most of the trail is flat, and lots of it is shaded. Both of those factors were important this morning, as it was already 80+ degrees when I started the run at 7:00. Every bit helps.
To be honest, the first couple of miles were a slog. I did a 30 mile ride yesterday on rolling hills, and was probably still feeling some of the effects of that. My legs started to stretch out a little, as I ran, so each step got a bit easier. I felt reasonably well by mile two; good thing, because that’s about where the trail climbs significantly over the dam for about a third of a mile. Long, slow climb.
As I came out of the shaded section of the trail and started the climb, I got an unexpected surprise… a breeze! Wind is not usually my friend when I’m riding, and it’s not much more welcome on a run, but today it was awesome! By the time I hit the top of the bridge, it felt almost like stepping into air conditioning! I admit I was still pondering the possibility that this morning’s conditions might not be prime for extending my mileage, and considering cutting the run short until I got to the top of the bridge. That breeze was enough to revive me, and revitalize the run. I wouldn’t call the entire 10 miles glorious, but I’m glad I pushed through for the entire distance.
At the start of the run, I was focused so much on the heat and the blazing sun that I would have expected relief to come from clouds overhead or trees along the route to provide shade. But sometimes the goodness in life comes from places you don’t expect it, like the breeze at the top of a hill you didn’t want to climb, or finishing the job that wasn’t really yours to do in the first place. Truthfully, sometimes there’s no great goodness to bring relief… only the satisfaction of having completed a tough task. And sometimes, that’s good enough.