4-mile brain dump

On nights like this I need a recorder. In the course of 4 miles tonight, I thought about a lot of things more than usual. I'm not sure why -- I think after a bad night's sleep from my son being sick, my mind was oddly clear from being tired. Weird, huh? Anyway, climb aboard and get inside my mind. Here are some of the things I thought about tonight:

  • I'm really craving spring. I do love the cold, but if it's not going to snow, just let it be warm. My cold tolerance though is pretty awesome now. At a comfortable 40 degrees at 7 p.m., I wore shorts with no gloves and nothing over my ears.
  • The old me wouldn't be running 4 miles for no reason. Maybe 2 or 3. Not 4. While Shamrock is mostly out of the question, I'm running now for the sake of having better runs later this year. I'm not starting over at point zero no matter how hard my body pushes back.
  • Speaking of later this year, I thought about whether or not my body could handle a marathon again this fall. My approach to running now may answer this question in a few months.
  • I want to run a 5k ... but boy do I hate the thoughts of paying to run that distance. But paying makes me run faster.
  • Hills are never easy.
  • The moon is very nice tonight -- it's like a smiley face.
  • People really should figure out how to shut their dogs up instead of putting them in the front yard to bark their heads off.
  • The most overwhelming thought tonight was how good I felt ... slow, but good. I've come a long way in the past couple of months and I have a long way to go, but I feel really good about where things stand.