a question for fellow blog-reading runners out there.
i've been training for a half-marathon of late. it's a fund-raising event for the hospital where i work. it's going well, now that the blister is healed. but every day when i start out, i have left shoulder pain, no matter how much stretching i do. after about a mile or so, it stops. why is that?
on a somewhat related note, i was just down in new york visiting family and went running in central park, one of my favorite things to do. i started out near columbus circle and ran up around the reservoir. it was a weekend morning, so the park was full of other runners and bikers and families and couples. it was quite distracting, and still somehow motivating, to have other runners around. not that i was competing with any of them, but it helped a bit with pacing, particularly since it was 11am and 95 degrees out.
there was a musician playing on the grass near tavern on the green, a crowd of people sitting and listening raptly. lots of people having picnics on the great lawn with their coffee and bagels. i absolutely love the peace and quiet of living in a small place, but it was nice to be immersed in the city again, even just for a few days.