Just Write 11 ~ Hills

   April 2, 2013 1:41 am

 

I couldn’t drag myself out of bed early enough Easter morning to get a run in before church. In most other years, I am circling the Wintergreen gorge cemetary as a steady stream of cars arrive and park on the top loop. A sunrise Easter service some church hosts there every year.

My alarm had gone off in time, but the previous day’s 10-miler, a warm bed and two comfortably curled-up cats enticed me to linger awhile longer. I ran through the day’s schedule in my head. There was a 3-hour gap between church and the first family dinner that would allow me to get in a run in at noon — in the sunshine, no less. It would be a hassle to get ready for church, only to come home, run, and do it (shower, hair, makeup) all over again but, at that moment, it was a better option than stepping out from under my warm comforter and disturbing the cats and the husband.

By the time we got out of church, the temperature was up to the high 40s, and I was itching to run.

I chose the hardest route. It had hills galore, both grinders (long and gradual) and rolling (up & over) hills. I normally avoid them and run my well-worn and mostly-flat path to the cemetary and beyond, but it was a good day to test my resolve and my body after having done 10 at PISP just the day before.

Resolve. Strenth. Two things I’m going to need in abundance this year. A half marathon in the hills this weekend. A swim across the lake in June. A full marathon in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon in July. Another half marathon a couple weeks later. The Barber Center’s Beast on the Bay in September. Not to mention the Quad events and various other can’t-miss races.

Sucicide mission? Midlife crisis? Mom desperately trying to escape? Exercise-aholic?

Naw…it all boils down to this: I don’t want to miss anything. I want to experience it all — run the hills, swim the lake, see the Pennyslvania Grand Canyon, because I’m alive and I can do these things.

And we never really know how long we’ll have that.

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