It was sunny.
I was home from work soon after one.
I slept for awhile.
I went running for the first time this year.
While running, I mentally compiled a list of reasons not to run in April.
Reasons Not To Run In April:
- That awkward thing might happen… you know…. that thing where you get to the trail at the exact same time as someone else, and then you’re kind of like, together, but there’s a bit of distance between you, and you think he’s talking to himself, and he sounds really upset, and is saying things about being treated “like a second rate citizen”, and you wonder whether you really want to be on the same trail as this person? Yeah. That thing. Don’t you hate when that happens? But that thing could happen anytime. It’s not limited to April. So it’s kind of a non-reason.
- A third of the trail is covered in this very slippery, icy stuff.
- A third of the trail is covered in actual snow.
- A third of the trail is covered in mud. (I realize now that this picture would be much more effective had I taken it while actually standing on a muddy part of the trail. You are just going to have to trust me on this– there was mud. By the time I got done, it was all over my shoes and inside my shoes and on my clothes.)
But once I got over the poor conditions and admitted that I may have made a poor choice of location, it was a lot of fun, and so I made a list of reasons to run in April.
Reasons to Run In April:
- It will be pretty.
- You don’t have to wear a coat, and it feels awesome.
- You can listen to all the songs that you listened to last summer while you ran, and it brings back lots and lots of good feelings and memories from summer, cause music can do that.
- You will feel like you are seriously training for something intense as you pound through the mud and the snow and the ice. You can imagine that you are competing in some kind of… competition, and that you will win the competition, and be known as the best runner in the world. And then, after a minute or so of being the best runner in the world, you will have to slow down to catch your breath. But still. It was fun to imagine.
And last but not least….
- You will feel happy.
And that right there is a good enough reason in itself.
I think I will do it again sometime soon.