I couldn’t hold it any longer! This is really a very long rest for such a small thing!
Tempted by the foot feeling much better all day yesterday and the amazing Cairo weather – it’s under 30 Celsius folks!! – I had to hit the streets, easy and slow.
I decided to take a brief jog just around the house, intentionally slowing down whenever I felt unease of any sort. It was a ‘recovery run’ by all means!
Initially I had short mileage in mind – maybe 3 or 4 k. Starting really slowly at just under 7mins/k, pain didn’t show up, although many other muscles started expressing themselves as if I hadn’t hit the streets in months. Slowly I found myself extending the run further and further from home, mentally ready to stop any moment and just take a taxi back. But there was no need: I turned at around 3k and finished 7.6k in total. I was thrilled! It’s amazing to be back.
Speed was one of the slowest in around a year, but I didn’t mind: I’m running again.
This run was different, however. Without headphones, I realized my brain wandered everywhere while paying closer attention to what’s going on in the streets. I noticed many distant smiles and encouraging gestures. Each time I met someone on crutches, holding a stick or walking with difficulty, I felt both gratitude and compassion! I run with a different mind now, I realized.
Each step on my road to the first marathon so far appears to teach me new things about myself and about the world around me … a world I thought I knew very well for 40 years, only to see it all with new eyes now.