All day I was thinking of a really great blog post to write tonight. About the complete change in the feel of a run when you know you have a time you have to finish by. Today I was running against the weather which it turns out, for me, can be mentally exhausting.
You start the day optimistically, the wind picks up, you stop taking rests, you push and push, becoming acutely aware of the time, the wind suddenly dies completely, (an even worse feeling), you talk yourself out of stopping to get a Gatorade or water, the sky gets black, your legs cramp from dehydration, you miss a turn because even 30 seconds to look at the map seems like too long a pause. You finish like a madman, running the last 6 miles as fast as you can, wondering where all that energy came from. And when you finish you simply feel depleted; your mind and body utterly spent.
I don’t want to over dramatize storms but I try not to fool around with tornadoes and when you’re outside all day you start to recognize exactly how much time you’ve got until the storm arrives. I just heard from friends I met along this trip whose homes have been destroyed from the tornadoes moving through today – my heart goes out to you. Hannah and her family in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Myra in Franklin, Lynwood and Gina in Ashland, the Criswell’s in Reform, Ricky and commune in Starkville, I hope you are all safe and sound. Sending you all my best thoughts.
I’d like to write more but I will catch up with all the other info tomorrow. I’m exhausted. Thank you to Channel 11 for talking with me today and all your enthusiasm : ) to everyone in Atlanta, the story will actually air early next week, probably on Monday. I’ll keep ya posted!