This morning I woke up not feeling too great. My weight ticked up to 238.3 as a result of not eating as healthy as I should be (something that I am going to work harder on today) and my knee ached a little. I debated scratching my 7 mile run this morning to get some rest. After all, it was 5:45 a.m. I knew that if I didn't get out the door by about 6 I would be late for work thanks to the increased mileage this week. To echo a fellow runner, the hardest part of the morning is kicking my butt outside to start the run.
I did get out the door about 6 and stretched out, thinking I would do shorter 3/4 mile loops around the local park to stay closer to home in case I had trouble running this morning. I started off and in the crisp morning air my gait was very rigid, my left knee trying to coax me to stop, turn around, and go back to bed for another hour. I was questioning whether or not I would actually complete the scheduled mileage today for the first time.
However, a funny thing happened. Around the first 3/4 mile loop, the aches in my knee disappeared and things smoothed out. The run started to feel great. I kept going and finished the 7 miles in a respectable 1:04:52. It was a good run, but the truly amazing part is what happened after the run. I walked home with my head held high and all the aches and pains and general crappy feeling has disappeared. I feel healthier now after the run than I did before the run. Even the knee that was concerning me feels 100% right now and a lot better than it did this morning or yesterday.
Exercise really is the best medicine. It got me going today and I'm really glad I kicked my butt out the door for the run this morning.