100 Mile Challenge: Miles 1-2.75

I set out to do two miles and felt really good after a mile, but decided I should aim for 1.5 to not hurt myself since I am really not in shape. I ended up going about 1.75 miles…when I got to 1.5, I decided to push through to a little footbridge ahead over a little stream that I could almost see just before the road route would turn uphill. Overall, I felt good but was surprised by the heat. That took a lot out of me.

Miles Run: 1.79
Time: 18 minutes, 43 seconds
Miles to Go: 97.21
Days to Go: 132
Average Miles Per Day Needed: 0.74

I went past the local elementary and middle schools and there was a lot more activity around them. Since Covid-19 struck in mid-March, I’ve taken a lot of bike rides, walks and runs past the schools and they have been void of any activity, so it was weird to see it suddenly come back to life after five months. There were cars all around and if I had to make a best guess, teachers were prepping their classrooms.

It felt strange to see it. My own kids will be going back in a week and I have vastly mixed emotions. On one hand, I feel they need to get back to their friends, get back to more of a routine and get back inside a classroom. On the other hand, something feels really forced by the school, states and people in general about trying to return to normal. It seems strange that with numbers as high as they were in April, suddenly it is fine to try this. I am an optimist…I hope for and expect good outcomes, but hoping doesn’t get us clear of this virus and it has given me no reason to expect anything but disappointment.

There are no answers here and we are all working through degrees of these feelings. But, I had a nice run today (whatever that means) and so I have that…I guess.

Andrea found this challenge online to run 100 miles between now and the end of the year. I have been wanting to run more consistently and have also been wanting to write more often, so I thought it was perfect. I figure I could run and document it here in my blog.

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