It was raining again today, so I didn’t walk in the morning like I usually do. I kept looking outside and was starting to consider doing an indoor workout instead. Then I noticed the rain beginning to lighten up, and I checked the radar on the Weather Channel app to see if there was any more rain heading my way. It looks like I was in the clear for the rest of the day, so I decided to put on my running clothes and head out the door. There was a bit of wind, and the air was quite cold. I love the cold, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity, so I decided to go for it and turn this into a bit of a run.
Now, it’s been a very long time since I’ve anything remotely close to running, so I decided to approach the road before me with intention and run with intervals. When I used to run long-distances, I used the interval method, which had me running for five minutes and then walking for one minute. I would not have been able to do all of that running without it. Today, I modified the interval to be one minute or running followed by five minutes of walking. This, of course, is mostly walking, but I need to transition my body slowly into building more stamina and strength.
During the one-minute run intervals, I felt like I was taking flight, and it was absolutely liberating. Couple the Mahler Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) I was listening to, and I was in heaven! I caught myself smiling behind my mask and imagine I was nowhere else but here in this moment. The sun even briefly shone, but it soon turned dark and even started to sprinkle on me. I did three miles and returned home feeling like my old self again. A few minutes after being inside, it began to rain steadily outside again. It was meant to be.