Pre-kids, jogging was something I did everyday in NYC. I would get up at 5:30 and run two loops around the reservoir or the lower loop in Central Park before I headed into the office. I probably did this for 5 years. But after KF, I just didn't get my running confidence back. I was happy to fast walk, but I only broke a run on July 4th for the Peachtree Road Race.
So, for the first couple of weeks of this challenge, I hit the gym and got my feet under me using the treadmill and Stairmaster. In week three, I hit the actual pavement moving between fast walks and runs. Finally, this past week, I hit the road running...Yah!
On Thursday, I was invited on a running date with Fiona and Caroline. I was a little nervous . Fiona is training for her 4th Marathon and Caroline is a veteran runner herself. I almost bailed at the last minute, but agreed to go that with the provision that I may not run the entire 4 mile loop. Well, It's true, I didn't run the entire 4 miles-- I did complete about 3. I was so proud of myself!
NYC was always a great place to run, the rising sun shining on the West Side buildings made them look like they were made of liquid gold. While Darien's scenery couldn't be more different, it fills me with that same sense of serenity. As always, these beautifuls runs (no matter where I am) offer me time to be inside my own head..to think things through, to work things out. With three kids, this is something I don't get very often. I guess this is why I enjoy going at it alone.
Here are some of the beautiful shots I have taken on my runs--most within a mile or two of our house:
|Pip's Path-- one of my favorite Darien finds!|