I’ve been running a lot lately.
Officially, I’m 10 weeks from my first half marathon of the season. As such I’ve started doing a lot more running, strength training, focusing on nutrition, and getting up insanely early on the weekend to do my long runs.
This year, I’m hoping to improve my half marathon finish time in December, with a secondary goal of running my first half marathon under 2 hours in January. I’ve got a lot of work to do in this regard.
Nonetheless, I’ve managed to rediscover the joy I once found in running. I’m not sure if it’s because I skipped out on running during our ridiculous summer, because I’ve focused so much on mitigating the weaknesses that affect my form and make me an incredibly inefficient runner, or if a combination of the two has resulted in a near unprecedented lack of aches and injury.
The park I run in recently opened a set of new trails, and I’ve begun exploring them as my weekday runs have crept longer. There’s a lot to enjoy in this. Each week, I get to see a little bit more of these trails, and each day the sun sets earlier and the weather gets just a bit cooler.
Soon I’ll be running downtown because I won’t be able to make it to the park before sunset when it closes. This will “force” me into running through Southtown, the King William District, and the amazing Riverwalk as the city slowly transitions to the winter.
For the first time in a very long time, I look forward to what every run brings, because every run and every week I rediscover what I love about this city. I get to revisit the nooks and crannies that make up the communities that I run through one step and one breath at a time.
This is the best time of the year to be running, and it’s by far the best time of the year to be running in San Antonio.
More to come.