I started jogging again. It’s been about 2 years since I last ran and even though I am fast approaching 58 years old, I have been active. Last Sunday, after work, the sun was shining and it was dry and perfect, so I hopped out of my car on the way home, striped off my work uniform to my running shorts and tee, donned my running shoes and off I waddled.
At first I was going to run about a third of a mile, then that became a half and finally I decided to run down to Sens Road (from Miller Cut-Off where I started) and this would be a 2 miler. I ran along what we in Texas call a feeder road and is beside SH-225, a very busy, but safely distant road. I can hear the cars rushing by at break-neck speed, but I am on the shoulder of the feeder and as safe as can be expected.
Anyway, it was convenient and all I could expect in the Houston metropolitan shadow, so I did it. I amused myself watching the Union Pacific railroad engine and train as it rocked by. This is what I love about jogging; what a person does with their mind when their body goes into the robotic this foot that foot mode. If a person cannot conquer their mind, they will soon stop running and it’s that simple.
I passed the 2 miles this time in almost a blur, the weather and sunshine warming me both inside and out. I didn’t feel like a 57 year old man, even though I was running sub-11 minute miles. I felt more like I was 49 again.
I went home feeling euphoric and that lasted the rest of the evening. When I went to bed, I was physically and mentally ready to rest. During the night I dreamed the most colorful and exotic bunch of dreams I have had in a long time. When my alarm sounded I swung out of bed rested, but when I went to stand up, I realized my hips were quite stiff and my knees were protesting loudly.
I expected this though and once again I was waddling. Making my way to the kitchen, I gulped down a coup of French Market New Orleans blend chicory coffee…I grabbed another before I cleared the house on my way to work. All day long I went through the process of limbering up as I had a stiffness relapse every time I sat down for a few minutes.
The next morning all was better and after a couple of yawning stretches, I set out to repeat Sunday’s performance…and I did. The day after the second jog wasn’t bad at all, so after taking a break yesterday and being off work today, I went out and ran 2 miles this morning. Now I can’t say how often or how many miles I will be running in the future, but it sure is a good addition to my Indy Trekking while at work, which I have been doing on a regular basis.
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