Okay… maybe I’m being a little dramatic. Not the worst one ever, but definitely one of the worst in a long time. I took my Mom to “my spot”. Yes. I own the trail around Lake Banook (at least I do in my head). Right from the start my outer calves were killing me. Tight and cramping. I have been trying to be diligent with foam rolling and using a lacrosse ball on them but no matter what and sometimes for no particular reason , they are tight as heck. Not sure what’s going on there but I’m sure our coach Leanne has some needles she’d like to use on me. Not unbearable that I couldn’t run, but enough that my pace was slower. That wasn’t the start though. I really really didn’t want to go. It was cold. I had spent the day being pretty lazy and binge watching Netflix. Which is funny because one of the movies I watched was the biopic about Jesse Owens, the African American olympian runner. He won 4 medals at the Olympics in 1936 in Germany (pretty big deal) and its a great movie to watch. Sometimes though, NOTHING is motivating enough to make my legs want to move…not even an amazing story like that. But I had made my mom a comittment to run and I wasn’t about to back out. We both looked at each other and complained about how cold it was and that we didn’t want to go. It was that moment that if either of us suggested we bail, the other would have been all for it. So I kept my damn mouth shut. I’m supposed to be a mentor this year and dangit…I was going to set a good example. So we ran. My calves ached. I hated every minute of it. But… i was almost done and I remembered what I keep telling people. The bad runs are better then no run. And appreciate the bad runs, because then you really appreciate the good ones. When we were done, I asked my mom how she felt. “Best run ever!” was her reply.
She loved the route and the scenery. She said her breathing felt good and the running felt good. She completed her 5:1’s. It’s amazing how different an experience two people can have…even in the same conditions. My moms a busy lady. She’s not good at putting herself first. I think Team Myles is changing that. She’s getting out of her comfort zone and I see her getting excited about running again. Her good run, made my crappy run worth it.