There is a dusty, dirt road near my parents’ house that is the perfect road for a good run.
The grid of roads in this area are marked out in perfect 1 mile distances, making it easy to chart a path.
My running schedule has been sporadic so each time I put on my running shoes, I have to wonder how far I’ll go.
1 mile? 2 or 3? push for 4?
I gauge how I’m feeling, how much energy I have, how invested I need to be to get another mile logged.
The dirt road calls to me and challenges me to run. Run farther. Hit the next mile.
But I still wonder how far I’ll be able to go that day, that run.
Knowing the mental and physical challenges my body will face, I set out with my headphones playing, my watch counting and my heart willing.
As I cross the busy highway and start off on the dirt road, I feel good.
Ready. Let’s do this.
The wind is behind me, the sun is shining and I’m going strong.
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