I set my alarm for 5:45am, but as it was still full dark outside, I went back to bed. I set my alarm for 30 minutes later, and checked the sky again when it went off. Still completely dark. I set my alarm for another 30 minutes, and this time it was just getting light in the east. Time to run!
I went in to the kitchen and got dressed by the light of the coming morning, pulling on my shoes as a the sun crested the evergreen trees. I filled up my belly with half of a peanut butter sandwich, filled my water bottles with Gatorade, and quietly headed out.
I walked about 10 minutes, trying to gear myself up to run laps in a nearby park. By the time I got there, about 15 other people were already walking laps, or getting an early morning dog walk in. I got some love from a cute little schnoodle, blew kisses at a gorgeous coon hound, and smiled at all the lovely early risers.
I kept to my interval ratio of 20/40, sprinting a few of them to mix it up, and really enjoying the beautiful 60 degree temperatures.
About halfway through I walked for a few minutes, texting with my husband, and enjoying some peanut butter crackers. Most of the people who were there when I arrived had already left, including the sweet elderly lady who asked me to stop running because I was lapping her. Some new people arrived, including a young female runner and her ferocious canine companions. Some of the cutest dachshunds I’ve seen in a while!
I guess you could say I hit the wall, as a part of me kept saying “You can quit at 5 miles. That’s still admirable.” But I kept pushing myself, and I did it. 6.25 miles, and one final hill sprint, and I stopped. I kept walking another half mile or so, but I stopped my watch and slowed to barely more than a crawl. I took pictures of the pretty flowers, a gorgeous rock wall, and a tree tunnel on my slow way back to my mother’s home. It was, overall, a good run.
I was right tuckered out, but more than anything I wanted a wicked hot shower. I got my shower, ate an early lunch of leftover Mexican food (so freaking amazing!), and did chores for my mother. Afterwards, we got pedicures! The foot and leg massage were so amazing after that run. But I got a personal best for a 10k! 1:37:20!! May not be impressive to many of you, but I earned my medal and swag bag for the virtual race I was supposed to run tonight.
I’m gonna chill out on the couch with my husband, now that I’m back home, watch a little tv or read a book, and meet up with Morpheus a little early tonight. Hey! Sandman! Pleasant dreams tonight, please?
Happy running y’all!