Over the weekend I was able to run on the trail, which is infinitely more enjoyable than running past mailboxes. Although, sometimes I do tell myself, "You can do it! You can make it to that third mailbox!" and this is helpful.
After my run, I sat to look at the naked trees and the dying mums on my back patio. The gray clouds in the sky blew above me at a hurried pace. It is definitely November. I used to think that naked trees were really ugly, but now I think that they have their own stark beauty.
Starting this running project in the fall has worked out well. I enjoy running in the cooler weather. I have gone out in the rain a few times and if it is below 45 degrees I bring a scarf along so I can breathe in warmer air. But at the end of my run, my body is warm and my head has been cleared and I enjoy the wind, and sometimes even the raindrops, on my face. The world is usually still and peaceful. This is likely the only time I will have to enjoy the quiet for the rest of the day.
I haven't decided if it is better to be alone on the trail or to have happy distractions with other passersby. I do love to people watch.
Running can be uncomfortable and tiresome while I am doing it. But after it is done, I feel on top of the world. It is a tremendous stress reliever. I feel so good the rest of the day. I really appreciate the friends who have encouraged me to give it a try.
I am now on week six of the Couch to 5K plan. I ran 2 miles in 20 minutes without stopping last week and later this week I will take it up to 2.25 miles in 22 minutes. Only three more weeks to go until I am done. Woot!