I Ran to the Next County Today
I woke up this morning and saw that it was supposed to be a rainy, snowy, windy evening. I needed to run, so I figured that I'd just run on a treadmill at the Z-Center after work and stare out the window at the people swimming back and forth, back and forth, baaaaaack and foooooooorth... It wasn't going to be exciting, but it would earn those all-important getFit minutes.
But that's not the way my evening actually turned out.
As I emerged from my windowless office around 4:00 today, I saw that it was an uncharacteristicly nice day. So I thought, "Hey, maybe I'll run outside around campus instead." I laced up my running shoes (in the super-secret manner) and headed outside. As I started jogging, I fiddled around with my iPod, trying to bring up the newest episode of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!". But instead, my iPod randomly starting playing an awesome song. So I was like, "Ok... I'll listen to this one song and then start "Wait Wait". But then another awesome song came on.* And I was feeling good, so I thought, "Maybe I'll just listen to music today." I was running down Mass Ave, heading to do a loop around the dorms, when I looked up and saw Boston across the river. And then I thought, "You know, I've never run around the Esplanade..."
And that's how I found myself running across the Harvard Bridge. It was not the run I had expected to be doing - it was so much better! The minutes just flew by. There was excellent weather, great music, and new scenery (Grass! Trees! Ducks!). Before I knew it, I had been running for 35 minutes, with only 10 to go. And I felt great. I was Rocky, finally climbing the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I was Maverick, riding his motorcycle next to an F-14 taking off. I was Sam, illegally running through airport security at Heathrow to tell my classmate that I had a crush on her before she returned to America.** Ok, maybe that's stretching it too far. But for once, I may have actually… slightly… just a little bit… enjoyed a run.
* If you've heard this song before, then a hearty "Go Steelers!" to you, too.
** 50 imaginary points if you can guess the movie.