Hurt So Good







Nothing like coming over the last hill of the day and jamming to John Cougar Mellencamp.

Today was a lesson in persistence.  When we headed out there was frost on the windows, my first really cold day.  We drove out to my starting point and the fog was so thick you could only see a few feet in front of you! I wore my headlamp just in case, since I was running right on the shoulder.  The first few miles were cold and damp and pretty eerie because I couldn’t get a sense of what was around me.

After about 7 or 8 miles the fog cleared and I saw that I was surrounded by beautiful mountains, and had been running alongside the edge of the San Carlos Indian Reservation.  So I pretended for a while that I was way back in time and running to the next village to deliver some important news. It kept me entertained for a while, because the going was quite slow today. I had to keep stopping to stretch and I was pretty hungry all morning.  And the terrain was steady rolling hills, without the beauty of yesterday’s scenery.  So for a while I wasn’t sure if I’d made it the whole 24 miles to the next town.

In the afternoon I was able to pick up my pace and knock off some quicker miles.  My soundtrack also helped :  )  After about 45 minutes, however, a stinging bellyache hit me.  Sharp cramps and stinging pains. I haven’t had that happen during a run for a really long time and it felt like another halt in momentum.  I think it was because my belly was a bit empty.

Anyway, I clutched my side for a bit and kept going.  It finally eased up and I ran the final 3 miles nearly all downhill. About 100 ft from my stop, 3 dogs ran across the street and came up all around me.  I was freaked for a minute or two but they all turned out to be friendly and just walked alongside me til I finished. 

In any case, it was one of those runs where I was quite happy when it was done!  I had to just keep telling myself to keep going, slow or not, the point is to keep going, keep moving, a step at a time.  But those runs always feel successful in another way, the fact that you got it done when you might not have been so enthusiastic about it. 

And now a hot shower and bed will feel that much better!


Author: zoegoesrunning

Hello! I'm a runner, a writer, and have run across the United States and the Tour de France course. Most recently, I'm blogging about my adventures in an MFA program that will bring me to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, and my teaching plans for Argentina.

2 thoughts on “Hurt So Good”

  1. Hi Zoe, I am so happy to be following your progress and to read your posts. It sounds like you are having an incredible journey. Stay healthy and enjoy!

  2. Hey Sparky …there is a book you should read as you make your way across the country …I think I have recommended it before ” The Long Walk ” .

    There are probably five days of every seven that I recall the events of this book and the endurance of the characters who escape Russia . The book has been an inspiration to me and often when I think I have hit the wall , there is no more “more” and I just can’t bear the grind …I remember the against all odds journey from Russia to India that the characters walked over the Himalayas , the Gobi Desert and the frozen tundra to reach freedom .

    I have no doubt that if you put this book in your pocket and read it from time to time , it will inspire you too .

    Hang in there and take one day at a time …I am still with you as is Mom and all your fans , friends and family . Hugs , dad xoxoxo

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