ORN: 3.3 miles, R3/W1, 34:15
After a late-night ending to a Super Bowl gathering, it was nice to get out and run early this morning. It was also nice to run on dry pavement...a bit of a warming trend over the weekend melted the snow pack on the streets.
(<i>Football comment: With the exception of the Dorito's Crystal Ball commercial, the ads were lame. The football was pretty good. Probably the way it should be.</i>)
What has struck me refreshingly over the past week is the simple joy of running pain free. Having focused a lot on the left ITB discomfort since Memphis, I had failed to acknowledge some sharp pain in both ankles. I guess I didn't want to admit that hurt too. About 2 weeks ago, I noticed the ankle pain was gone. On Saturday, I ran 5.5 miles with no twinges at all. This morning, I rolled out and did 3+ with a focus on form and just the pure joy of running without pain. On top of that, the work schedule has calmed and the runs are now more regular. Starting this week, I slowly start ramping up the mileage for one and maybe two spring races.
All of this made me realize afresh the simple discipline of running. Doing it regularly. Doing it joyfully. Doing it with a clear mind, which allows one to explore other things in the time alone. Relaxing in the nested rhythms of the run. The rhythm of motion of running. The rhythm (for me) of the run/walk. The rhythm of the week (short runs weekdays, long run weekend). The rhythms of the seasons.
It's good to get back to a sense of rhythm.