I have been working at my current job for 1 year and 11 months. It is a 50 min drive south every morning, sometimes less and sometimes more. I mostly enjoy the drive, especially in the morning. When I started this job, and commute, I noticed a guy running on a road that runs parallel with the freeway. I saw him regularly, I don't know if he was there every morning, sometimes I get focused on other things, and forget to look, but I saw him often. I loved seeing this guy running. He was not the "typical" runner. He looked heavier, he wore a big sweatshirt and sweatpants, but he was running.
I also used to look at the scenery when I was driving. Washington state is such a pretty place. On my drive to work I see mountains, I see water, I see fields, I see trees. It is gorgeous, especially at the right time of year when the sun is coming up on my drive, which is right now. I would always think about how the people on the road with me are probably not paying any attention to the gorgeous sites as they drive down this very busy freeway. I told myself I would not take my views for granted as long as I was driving them.
Well, of course I don't notice it everyday. And living here, the reason it's so green, is because it rains so much of the year. So in the winter, especially when it's still dark out, I don't notice what's going on around me so much while I drive. Then spring comes and the sun starts rising again during my drive and I'm enthralled by it all again.
I don't know when I quit noticing the guy on the side of the road running. I don't know if he quit running, or if I just got distracted by other things. Every once in awhile I'd see him and think about him running his road, but I didn't pay much attention to him. He looks pretty similar to the first time I saw him, same heavy, oversized sweatshirt, same sweatpants.
I am impressed by him. I don't know if he quit running for awhile, I don't know if he's running different routes at times, I don't know if I just forgot to look for him. But I know that I still see him sometimes, I saw him this morning, and he is still running. That inspires me. I often wish I could go to his road and run with him. Ask him how far he runs, how often. Just talk. Tell him that I see him and that I think his morning runs are amazing. I can't, I won't, but good job guy on the side of the freeway.
So there is an elephant in my blog. My 40th year goal. The goal I had to run a race a month before my 40th birthday. I was going strong. I was running, I was also getting age awards. And then I sprained my ankle. I decided I was going to finish my goal anyway, even with a sprained ankle I was still going to complete my goal. Well, I ran in July, and then in July the race I had planned on doing (on the last weekend of the month) was canceled with no notice. I ended up running with a friend and counted that as the race, since I had no control over it's cancelation. But after that I didn't have much motivation to continue with the goal. I did run in August, but I didn't actually care about it. By this time I had run 7 5k's and I was pretty burned out with the 5k's, and the races. So for September I skipped a race. And I don't really care. It hasn't bothered me at all. Besides, if you count all my races between my 39th birthday (Oct. 6) and my 40th, I still did 12 races, but it was not a race a month. I did 2 last October.
And what did I learn about this? I don't care for 5k's. I miss the long runs of last summer. I am a long distance runner. Oh, and running a race a month is expensive. ; )
So I'm going to work on building up my runs again. I am currently running 3-4 miles 3 times a week and 5 miles for my "long run." I can't wait to get higher mileage long runs again. I was so excited in May when I ran my first 9 miles in forever, And now I'm back to small mileage. It's okay, I'll get there. =)