by Javon Adams
A package arrived from Brooks addressed to my wife on Friday. I placed it on the bed so she could see it when she came home. I wondered what she had ordered but I hoped that she would take the contents of the package and join me on the trail. When she came home she called out for me to come to the room. As I entered, she handed me the package and with a smile said, ‘This is for you!”
I opened the package and was pleasantly surprised to find a hat and shirt inside with the phrase ‘Run Hoppy’ on both items. You see, a couple of weeks earlier I came across a cool little ad from the aforementioned Brooks with the Run Hoppy phrase printed on a pair of shoes, a hat and a shirt. I took a screenshot and sent it to my lovely wife and said I would love to have a pair of shoes like that. I suppose this is a good time to tell you that in addition to being a musician, podcaster, radio host and entrepreneur that I am also a lover of IPAs. So you can imagine my shock to see what box held.
After giving my wife a hug and a kiss, I told her that I would pop the tags and run the trails in the garb after my radio show. Following a fun filled EZ Sports Talk Show (www.ezsportstalk.com) I made my way home, loaded my igloo cooler with some water, put on my running gear and headed to the running path. I pulled into the parking lot at 16th St and Bethany Home and set off on my journey after a short stretch.
The end result is I achieved my goal of 5 miles. This was one of those days where my breathing was off and I could not seem to running longer than a minute at a time. I knew immediately that it was going to be one of those days and I contemplated shortening the run to 3 miles or even 2 but I made up my mind that I would achieve the goal even it I had to walk the entire way. As a runner, I have come to realize that the mental is just as important as the physical. There was a time that the mental part rarely became an issue. Now I have to make a concerted effort to avoid letting the negative thoughts stop me in my tracks.
Mark one in the column for overcoming adversity. And this weekend’s goal has been achieved. But that does not mean Sunday is an off day.