The forecast said rain. Dusk had already set in. But, something about getting caught in the midst of what will most likely be the last warm, rainy deluge of the season just sounded enchantingly refreshing. IPhone in Ziplock baggie (yeah, makeshift waterproofing...), Tanlines in earbuds, I set off.
I hit record on my my MapMyRun app, and set off walking to Green Grass by Tanlines (which I have listened to at least 30 times today - no exaggeration). Then, I started running. What felt like about 2 minutes later, I heard the lovely voice from my app tell me, "Time: Eight minutes and three seconds. Distance: 1.0 miles."
Ehhhhh... That can't be right. I'm restarting this app... Yeah, that can't be right. Do over.
So, I started recording my run over again. This time?
Lovely-app-lady voice: "Time: Seven minutes, thirty seconds. Distance: 1.0 miles." She said the pace and whatnot, too, but I just couldn't believe it.
Me: "WHAAAAAAAA?!!! NO way..." and decided to push myself a bit.
The next mile was under 7 minutes. So, I kept running until I heard her say, "Time: Twenty-nine minutes, 23 seconds. Distance: 4.0 miles."
In the middle of the sidewalk just outside of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, I exclaimed, "HAAAAAAAAAAAAA! HECK yes!" Surely, everyone walking out of the museum exhibit there tonight could hear the lovely woman's voice giving me such delightful news in my ear, too... I actually felt myself accidentally smiling at this elderly man as I walked by as though he should be really excited for me, too. Ah well. Worst case scenario, he'll think I'm weird. Best case scenario, he'll get a chuckle out of it.
Forgive the rambling - I am writing this while post-run endorphins are in full effect.
Part of me wanting to keep going - just because. Why not? I'm feeling up for it. And then, like a kind little nudge saying to be happy with what I'd done but not push too hard, the rain began.
Point is: I ran 5 miles in about 38 minutes, and this is something I never imagined that I would be able to do. Little by little, I'm improving. Push a little harder. Run a little further. You will be happily surprised.
Update: I'm thinking my app was totally off. I did some figuring, and it was really more like 45 minutes, but I am still pleased as punch with that!