|7 miles. 5 hills.|
I went out planning on doing 7 miles. After I did the first loop and it was exactly 1.4 miles, it worked out perfectly that 5 loops would get me to 7 on the nose.
The first loop I ditched my water and left it the trunk of the car and went out for a second loop. In the second loop I was trying to convince myself to only do 4 miles.
In the third loop, I kept thinking, only 2 more left. You signed up for a hilly marathon, remember!
It wasn't really until the last loop that I was really, truly present in the run and realizing that I just spent the last hour waiting for these last 10 minutes!
I guess just like there are runs that make you realize how wonderful life is, there are also runs that remind you just how much of a climb life can be, and if you can be present, really, truly present, you can see how strong and how far you've come even if it takes 5 times of the same ups and downs to get there.
And there will always be water on the trunk of your car when you need a break.
Bikeless-biker update: No sightings yesterday or today. But I have 2 bikes, a helmet and a U-lock ready to pass along!