When I’ve been driving home from work lately, I’ve been noticing a lot of runners on the main street that I live off of. I’ve thought to myself several times that I used to be one of those runners and for some reason, I haven’t run outside around my neighborhood in a long time. I guess because of the hot weather, but also because I haven’t really been training for anything so my runs have always been very doable on the treadmill, since they’re short.
Today, the weather suddenly changed. I guess it was actually cooler yesterday, but since we were on the river (which was pretty warm), we didn’t really notice. But today, the oppressive heat was gone and it was noticeably cooler. Around noon, it was only about 75 degrees out, so I decided to run down the main road. Honestly, my running’s been pretty sporadic since my half-marathon last March. I’ve been doing treadmill runs, but mostly topping out at 3 miles, though I’ve done a few 3.5 and 4 milers here and there. Both my speed and endurance are not as good as they once were and that’s frustrating. For a while, I just didn’t feel like running. But lately, especially with cooler weather setting in, I feel like it again. At least a little bit. I laced up my shoes and did a slow jog to an intersection and back, only about 2 miles total. I felt totally fine afterward and probably could have run another 2 miles, but we wanted to take Murphy out to enjoy the weather and because he finds the need to sniff and pee on everything, he’s not the best running buddy.
Instead, we took him to Henderson Park, a little park with a lake near our house. Originally, we had talked about going to one of the local mountains instead, but we kind of were short on time, so we just went to Henderson.
We decided to simply walk around the lake. Pretty easy and I was glad that I got a run in beforehand, because as nice as it was, I wouldn’t really consider it a workout.
We got about 3/4ths of the way around the lake and were faced with a small creek with two boards to walk on to get over. The water wasn’t very deep, but Murphy was having none of it so he pretended he was a lap dog and Jason carried him across.
It took maybe 30-40 minutes to walk around the lake. Like I said, it definitely wasn’t the best exercise but it was nice to be outside with my husband and my dog on such a nice late summer day.