So on the one hand I feel all “look at me I’m running eleven miles when it’s twenty degrees and windier than the prelude to the Wizard of Oz” and I know no one else is out there and boy am I special and aren’t I one tough dude? And on the other hand I feel all “I hope no one drives by because I’m so frikkin’ hot from working so hard and my remaining hair is plastered down to my tiny head with sweat and I’m plodding along slower than a three-legged dog on heroin” and so old-mannish I’m almost embarrassed.
Sometimes when I run for that long (two hours today you can call me Mr. Pokey McGillicuddy) I have way too much time to think. I mean, who cares what I look like or how slow I’m going? I’m running eleven miles when all you couch potatoes are reading trashy novels or watching old war movies or whatever and my lungs could beat up your lungs any day, so cram it if you think I look like some greasy old jogging slug.
I haven’t run that far since August. Back then it was hot and at least no one could see my sweaty wisps of what is left of my hair because I wore a brimmed hat. I wore a hat today but it was of the fleece-because-its-winter-and-I-want-to-keep-my-ears-no-frostbite-for-me-thanks variety. Also, I wore shorts and short sleeves in the summer and any passersby could see my burly arms so they wouldn’t notice if I moved slowly in fact they would be grateful because they would be pondering my resemblance to Adonis. But of course I had to go with sleeves today.
I have my mileage in for the week now. I could give up on a run tomorrow and still be on the positive side of my goal. Of course, the more I manage to get in the less I will plod. My goal here really is about running far, but if I can enhance my image at the same time, who’s to say that won’t do? I live here in the United States, after all, where image matters more than substance much of the time. I’m just trying to get my piece, if you know what I’m saying.
Seriously, it was a good run–slow but I got it done. That’s a confidence booster, for sure. The wind is still howling, although the temperature is now just above freezing. I’m glad I went earlier. I wouldn’t want anyone to think I’m a wuss.