I was all set to wimp out of today's run. It's easy to wimp out on a cold, dreary day when I'm not training for anything. But I got my stuff together, drove off to the trail, and got in one of the most enjoyable runs of the season.
Part of it is because I'd never explored these trails before, and even though I didn't get lost, it was a near thing from time to time.
Part of it is the added element of danger. Freshly fallen, wet leaves make a great cover for rocks an roots. It keeps things interesting, slippery, and slow.
When I have to go slow, I can usually take things in a little better, and think a little more. I occasionally run to escape my thoughts, but sometimes (like today) free association is a good thing.
And of course, I get to feel all hard core and brag about it on my blog. So ya'know... miserable days are made to run!