A week ago I ran to the end of the pier — the one around 70th in Riverside Park. I started at 75th on Riverside Drive.
I was breathing very hard. Hayden, who ran lightly beside me, told me not to breathe so heavily. He said that, “It just makes you more tired.”
“It’s all in your mind.” That’s what people tell you about running. They say, “Trick yourself when you run. Say ‘I’ll just run to the lamp post’ and then you find you’ve run to the FAR lamp post, not the NEAR lamp post.”
So a day later, I ran again. This time by myself. And I ran to the end of the pier and back. I was trying not to breathe hard. I was trying not to let the exhaustion get to me. I felt I’d doubled my distance.
This last weekend, on Saturday, I ran to the end of the pier and then back. And then to my surprise, I kept running.
I followed a guy a dozen paces ahead of me. He was at least 10 years older than me and at least 50 pounds heavier. He was sweating. I let him set the slow pace. I felt good.
I made it all the way to the women’s restroom near the boat basin. I looked at my phone. I had run for 13 minutes without stopping. I felt proud. I felt maybe I could’ve kept going.
The only problem with this new pursuit of running is that the endorphins have not kicked in yet.
I think they did kick in when running in the Adirodacks. But then the air is fresher there. The view of the mountains beautiful.
I started this blog when I started running with Deirdre and the girls. We ran upthe private road and all the way on Camp Dudley Road to the school house.
I really just took up running in search of endorphins. I’m still searching.