And that was all before the run even started. When I finally got on the road, I gave the whole thing (old process vs new process) some more thought. Back when my time was more limited, not only would I be up and at 'em with everything already 100% prepared, but the run itself would also be efficient. It had to be. I'd head off, get in the zone and crank out the miles. No dawdling, no distractions; nothing would set me off course. Nowadays, I find myself walking or shuffle jogging the first half mile or so, stopping mid-run to chat with friends if I see them, pausing to pick out a new playlist, even finishing down at Starbucks and walking the extra mile home. Don't get me wrong, my time is still precious. It's just not quite as critical to have a plan and stick to it anymore. So, instead of the head down, forge ahead manner that I used to apply to my running, it's now more of an experience that I like to dive into and take full advantage of. Sure, the whole thing - start to finish - takes a lot longer. And, yes, I do need significantly more caffeine before I get started. But, the net result is the same. When I get home, I'm refreshed and ready to start my day. I'm guessing that will never change. Thank goodness.
Listen to this:
Ghosts - Alagoas