I went on the longest run of my life today. I couldn't tell you the exact distance, but I went for 2 hours, and had lots of time to think along the way. As I was going on this new route for me, I remembered that I tend to go slower when I am somewhere new. I should have thought of that last night when I was on the computer looking up new places to run! I just kept having to remind myself to pick it up and go faster. The bulk of my run was through the agricultural farm in beltsville so I got to see (and smell) some cows along the way!
Mom and Amy, this memory is for you if you're reading this! Part of my run took me on a road that I lost a brush on many years ago! My family all knows this story, for those who don't, I'll humor you with the experience. We were driving through the Ag. Farm on Powder Mill Road. I would say I was somewhere between 8-10 years old, but I'm not sure. I had a brush--MY brush, and Amy wanted it. I think she claimed that it was hers but we couldn't agree whose it was. It was a little purse/pocked sized brown brush, perfect for a little girl to admire and keep as her own. I wouldn't let her have it, and we proceeded to bicker back and forth, most assuredly driving my poor mother crazy. Well, as I remember, the windows were down and we kept arguing about whose it was, and then mom leaned back, took it from me, threw it out the window and said, "it's no ones brush now". Now, I can laugh at the story. Then, I was traumatized; not only did I lose that cool brush, but mom littered in the process! In fact, for a long time after that day, every time we drove on Powder Mill Road through the ag. farm, I looked out the window for my missing brush. So today as I jogged on that road, I thought about my brush and a smile came to my face. You know, it probably wasn't either of ours--it was probably one that was our moms that we both claimed. Thanks for that memory to Mom and Amy, because with time, it has become a happy memory rather than a sad one at the loss of my brush!
So then I kept running until I hit my goal time. Like I said, not sure on the distance, but I'm pleased that I could actually keep going that long. Two more weeks and I'll really be put to the test. I'd invite any and all to come to the race on the 11th, but I just found out that there are 20,000+ runners, so I can only imagine the mass amounts of chaos that I will find myself in. Not looking forward to the crowds, but I'm getting excited about the rest!
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