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Back on the horse

January 21, 2012

I wish I could bottle the way I feel right now and keep it in my supplement drawer for later. It’s that tired feeling that comes from overexertion. Not a runner’s high, but like there’s not enough oxygen. You only get a bit hit of it the first time. I’ll be tired again later this week, but it won’t be the same.

Needless to say, I just finished Week1Day1 of Couch25K, again. I didn’t intend to quit back in September, but didn’t keep going. I wasn’t certain that starting completely over was necessary, but after the fact, I can say that I made the right choice. I also decided that I would run the program in my neighborhood this go ‘roud, and as luck would have it, my next-to-last set began at the foot of the hill that defeated me last time. The final set of my workout suffered as a result, but I powered up that hill and made it my bitch. That’s a big part of why I’m as tired as I am, but I feel accomplished.

Comparing this morning to the last time I began the program, I can definitely say that even with four months off, I’m still in better shape than I was back in July. I had to regulate my breathing after a few of the sets, but the uphill battle was really the only tiring part of it. If I had been at the track, I might not have even broken a sweat. What little advantage I do have this time around is certain to level itself off at some point, but adding hills this time and being able to start at a faster pace will definitely be challenges in their own right.

One interesting thing did happen during my cool down. I was walking through a particularly dark section of the neighborhood when I felt something try to grab my arm. Nothing touched me, but swing you hand as close to your arm as possible without touching it. Feel that cool air? That’s what I felt. When I turned around there was nothing as far as I could see … just me … alone in the dark … at 4 a.m. My guess is that a bat took a dive at me, but who knows.

In an effort to make this post a little less self-involved, my soundtrack this morning consisted of a couple of short mixtapes by Edison. They’re free to download on 900bats.com, but you can always show some love by purchasing something else or going to a show.

I’ll end this here for a couple of reasons. For one, it might get a bit long if I were to included the things I’d like to say about music. I’ll leave that for another post. Feel free to refresh my mind a la Twitter if you haven’t seen another post in a day or two. AND … I’m roughly 100 pages or so into A Feast For Crows, and I don’t think that’s where the lord would like me to stop for the day.

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