Life is busy.
Work is busy.
Free time has been spent taking care of stuff around the house. Much needed deep cleaning, organizing. Making room for a bed in our guest room for our growing-up-way-too-fast niece. Tearing down a planter and repurposing it into a new one.
This means not much time to work out, except for some upper body and core work I do several times a week. But running, sadly has taken a back seat. I need more hours in the day and color weather.
But, this past Sunday, before much of the world was up to celebrate Mother’s Day, I met up with my friend Corinna for a 4 mile run over our favorite causeway. Setting the alarm for 4:40am was a wee bit challenging, but getting out there was worth it. Meeting at 5:30 in our usual spot was reminiscent of all the training we’ve done together.
Running with Corinna is as much about catching up and hanging out as it is for running. Training with someone for 18 weeks for a marathon makes a friendship stronger. There is no end to the subjects you talk about while running endless miles, tackling bridges, and sweating up a storm. Corinna is one of my dearest friends.
It was just nice to get out there with her and run. The time doesn’t matter. Who cares that we didn’t run fast. The bridge was tough and we swore at it together. We stopped to enjoy the waves hitting the beach before the sun came up. And afterwards, we made our usual stop for Starbucks to complete our morning. We joke that the only reason we run is to go to Starbucks after. It’s what we do.
Running, catching up, and Starbucks…. A great combination.