We made it to Friday, which I really wasn’t sure was going to happen. This week truly felt like it dragged on and on and on. Wednesday I rocked a migraine all day, and had hunger pains from a 4.35 mile run earlier in the morning, so that was a true joy of a day.
Back to that 4.35 mile run. I did it at 5:40 am… in the pitch dark. It was the first time I have ever run when it was still dark out, and I’ll admit that I was definitely nervous when I started out. I have planned on doing training runs in the dark before, but I always chickened out and either ran at the gym, or just went back to bed. I knew I had to get this run in before the race, and with it being 60 degrees out before 6 am, I knew it was perfect weather.
I have a flashing red light that I clip to my fuel belt, and I was just running with that, but after a few minutes of not being able to see the road, I turned on the flashlight on my phone and ran with that for 2 miles before it got a little bit lighter out. At this point I could vaguely see objects on the ground, but it still wasn’t light enough to determine if they were leaves or dog poop.
The run was fan-freaking-tastic though! I had a side stitch around mile 3.5 which bothered me for a bit, but otherwise, this run was amazing, and I could have kept going if I didn’t have to shower and get ready for work.
Came home to this view of foliage in our yard. 🙂
On my lunch break on Wednesday, I headed to the mall and used a coupon to purchase running gear to wear on Sunday. I love the shirt! It’s black on black and is sort of acamo/zebra print. It’s fabulous! I needed a new running hat as well, and was psyched when I found a black and neon yellow running hat. The color I was hoping to find!
I’ve absolutely loved training for my 10k so much that the other day I found out that there is a 5k/10k that is looping in my neighborhood November 8th. I live in a suburb, so this was totally surprising, but there is a bike path that connects my neighborhood to the middle school, which is a path I have taken on runs before.
I told my neighbor Lisa about it, and she said she was game for the 10k, so it looks like I have another 10k lined up. I mean, how convenient is it to race in your neighborhood. I have trained on these streets, so I’m pumped for it!
Yesterday I got a great morning workout in. Focused on some core work, followed by 2 easy miles on the treadmill. It flies by when you play solitaire on the treadmill’s screen. I’m totally ready for this 10k on Sunday, and get to celebrate with fro-yo after!
Oh and I forgot to pack a bra yesterday for work, so that was awkward.
If you made it this far in the post and you’re a runner, then read this post from Amanda of Run to the Finish. It’s about becoming faster and a stronger runner, and it is such a smart post!
What do you eat before a race?
Are you racing this weekend?