The thing about running to get in shape is that most of the time you feel like you are slow and out of shape. Also, if you don’t keep at it, you lose it, so you have to keep running all the time. Besides running a 6 minute mile, my goal is to enjoy my workouts. I’m not just running for the future, I’m also enjoying the moment. It felt good to run my fastest mile of the year.
Other ways I enjoy running are to visit my favorite trees in the neighborhood, or run through a park full of trees. Quite often, I will get an important idea for my writing while I’m running. I don’t expect to meet cats and dogs while running, but it’s a nice bonus. On this run, I met two cats and a dog. The dog was a black Lab. She had a bit of gray on her muzzle. She reminded me of Kelsy, of course, even though there were obvious little differences. This black Lab came toward me, wiggling and happy, like we’d known each other for years. She was the highlight of my morning. I was a little worried she could be lost, but her happy behavior didn’t signal any sort of trouble. In a few moments, I heard her person calling her home, casually, like she was in the habit of briefly checking out the street often. I wish I’d taken her picture.