Back when I was running before Jacob, I very often had awesome runs. The kind where everything seemed just right, the traffic wasn't too bad and you could smell the salt air; you would see the regulars and had enough energy at the end of the run to go down to the beach and jump into the waves. Of course that had been after lots of training, and once the miles don't seem like torture they can be a lot of fun.
Right now, I am getting most of my running in on the treadmill. I find treadmill running boring, but constant. As in, I can set it at a certain speed and stay at that speed. I don't have to worry about accidentally slowing down, etc. I pop in the earphones and run. Well today, even though it was on the TM, I had an excellent run. First of all, I ran 3 miles, stopping to walk only so that I could get my shirt off. I finished that 3 miles in 34:30, so not too bad. Then I still felt good, so I decided to do some of those little "sprints". I alternated fast walking with little :30 bursts, first at 7 mph, then 7.5, and finally 8 mph. It felt so great! At 8mph I could maintain 30 seconds but probably not much longer. But it really felt GOOD! It reminded me of some of the runs I did in the Army, or again, finishing sprints at the beach with my running partner (who shall remain nameless!!!)
And today's favorite song on the run: Let's Groove, by Earth, Wind, and Fire. It's a song from my childhood. It makes me think of dancing with my family in our family room in our old house, laughing and having a good time. And that is what families are for!