April 7, 2014 by Amy B
You know you’re a runner when you’re packing for a conference and realize you’ve packed more running gear than regular clothes and still wonder if you can fit in another pair of running shoes. Just in case.
Last week I flew out to Seattle for An Event Apart, a web design conference for those of you who are wondering. You can read a slightly navel-gazing recap here. And while I could go on for days (or at least hours) about this experience, this is a running blog, not a web design blog (clearly). So I’ll spare you. But I did run while I was away. Because when it’s in the mid to upper 40s and there isn’t a fucking hint of white shit on the ground, how can you NOT run?
Of the four and a half days I was in town, I ran three. Not bad, right? No specific workout in mind, no goals, no set pace. One morning I ran down toward the aquarium, almost killed myself on a frosty dock, and ran back the other way toward a really wonderful park (Centennial Park), where I ran the following two days.
Unfortunately, I fell ill for the last two days and was pretty much wiped out for the tail end of the conference (a workshop that I struggled to endure, not because of the content or presenter, but because I was barely holding it together physically). Add flying back in a snowstorm, getting rerouted and having to arrange alternate transportation back home and well, just recovering and accepting that I am back in a place with ten-foot high snowbanks…
You’d be a little worn out, too.
I press on. Today I went on a spontaneous 30 minute run sans Garmin at lunch. It pays to keep multiple pair of running shoes and the emergency Rogas in your office.
I still feel like I’m recovering but at least the snow is melting.