Some weeks I just don't feel like anything, it seems. I certainly didn't feel like running today. I was planning to take the dog for a walk and call it quits, until I read this blog post, The Runner's Not-So High.
The writer, Amy L. Marxkors, talks about how most days, a run is just a run. No runner's high, nothing notable, not necessarily something you are dying to do more of.
So I was inspired to get out there and log a couple so-so miles. My original plan was run two miles out and then walk back home, but there was a loose dog on the trail, so we turned around a little early. I just don't trust loose dogs. I got bit once, years ago, and I don't want to have that experience again. Also, with Hazel with me, there's always the possibility of a dog fight. I ended up running two miles and walking a half mile back home.
It's good to keep in mind that not every workout, run, or walk needs to be epic. It's easy to get caught up trying to make every run better than the last, to get faster and go further, but that can ultimately be discouraging. Some days, a so-so run is all I can do, and that's okay. Tomorrow might be different.
Weather update: It's cold and partly sunny, with a sharp wind coming out of the south. As you can see from the pictures below, the view from my front porch changed quite a bit in the time I was out running.