So, I ran this morning. Surprising, yes, I know.
It's been almost two weeks since Hood to Coast, and I hadn't run once since. First my shoulder was a little messed up (reaching-behind-the-seat for a water bottle incident) and that took a week to heal. Then a family camping trip and sleeping on the ground left me with a weird soreness in my the left side of my chest. It's OK, it only hurts when I breathe. Deeply. Like when running. Anyway, whine whine whine.
So yeah, I've been lacking motivation. But managed to get myself out the door pretty early this morning, like 4:15, and did my standard little 3+ mile route through the edge of Rancho San Rafael. Forgot that the balloon races would be setting up that early, and was eyeballed by a bunch of National Guards that were manning the entrances to the park, letting the balloon crews in. But I felt OK, got the run done, logged it on Garmin Connect and on my Google spreadsheet, and thought about when I could run this weekend.
A little later on, as I was checking through email, I noticed a "Friend request." This was a little strange, because I deleted my Facebook account a few months ago (longer story there.) But this was from a running tracking service called dailymile that I'd signed up for long ago and forgotten about. It looks like they recently updated it, and it looks pretty slick. So, I found a way to import from Garmin (you can also import from Nike+) and logged the morning's run.
I know, who needs another social network at this point, right? And personally, I already keep track of my running through Garmin Connect and on my own spreadsheet - do I need another place to have to enter stuff? But really, this does look pretty cool - and anything that motivates me to get out the door and run at this point, I'm going to glom onto.
Tomorrow morning, I'm going to try to go out and do my yearly "Keystone Canyon to balloon race traffic" run. I'll log it on dailymile, and go from there. If anyone else wants to take a look at the site, search for me there. I hope some more people show up to follow.
(Oh, and they're really social-network friendly, too - Twitter, Facebook, blog widgets, etc. I'll put a blog widget on the sidebar somewhere...)