A Running Improvisation

by Lisa Rosen on July 6, 2011

I’ve explained this before, so forgive me if I sound repetitive.  We’re up in the mountains for a few weeks.  Running is a logistical challenge up here.  My mother-in-law’s house is on a dirt road on top of a mountain, way out in the country.  The people who live nearby are . . . country folks.

They have dogs.  Their dogs run free.  Any time I step onto that dirt road, I’m likely to be chased by a loud, barky, big dog.

I have a dog phobia.  I also have a constitutional need for large amounts of exercise. We have a house full of people (nine this past weekend), which stresses my introverted self in every possible way.  This is a challenging scenario.

Here’s the solution I’ve worked out this summer:  We drive into town (25 minutes), I drop Lee off at a coffee shop, and I park the car at the public pool.  There’s a 2-mile trail, so I run out and back, getting in a perfect 4 miles.  Then I shower at the pool (for $2, it’s the best deal in town), and go back to the coffee shop to pick Lee up.  Then we go on with our day.

Yesterday we had 2 teenaged girls in tow (Delaney and a friend).  We roused them early, so that I could get my run in before it got too hot.  We dragged them into town, making sure they stuff to do while they waited, plus all their gear for a day of adventuring.

I got everyone situated (the friend was swimming laps at the pool).  We had all the timing and transportation and communications worked out.

I got ready to run.

I had forgotten my sneakers.

In the trunk of the car, I found 4 bags of garbage (don’t ask), and my Tevas.  River sandals.  I debated for about 30 seconds, then I put on those sandals, cinched the straps down, and went for my run.  All 4 miles.*

I’m flexible, spontaneous, and creative.  Also:  determined, desperate, and slightly addicted.

*It went fine actually, making me wonder if I should reconsider that whole barefoot running trend.  On second thought, maybe not.  I missed my sneakers.


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Amelia July 7, 2011 at 7:07 am

I love your ingenuity! I would have freaked out if I’d gone to all the trouble you did, only to realize that I didn’t have my shoes. I am totally impressed with your flexibility. Hopefully, I can tuck this success story into my memory banks and pull it out when I need to improvise!


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