A horrible nights sleep didn’t stop me from getting up and out this morning. I didn’t want to go, that’s for sure. The crisp air, it felt more like a spring morning, helped wake me up a bit. My first mile was a bit challenging because my legs felt sluggish after last nights weight training.
I left the house a few minutes before 5am-I was down the street before I realized that I had broken a cardinal rule and not brought my head lamp. Given the early hour and the total lack of natural light, I was worried. But on the flip side, given the early hour I literally saw NO ONE until the last half mile on my return.
It was a little eerie being out there alone. The darkness turned debris into potential risks, if only in my imagination. The plastic bag on the sidewalk suddenly looked like a coiled up boa constrictor (who cares that those aren’t native to Frederick it was still curled up on the sidewalk waiting for my arrival). The sidewalks were a little harder to navigate given the presence of old trees heaving up the sidewalk.
Thankfully with the deserted street I was able to spend most of the run in the road avoiding the potential hazards of the sidewalk and boa constrictors.
The first mile wasn’t the best but I was able to achieve the elusive negative split, and ended up doing 3 miles in 33 minutes, despite starting mile one at a roughly 13 minute pace.
Getting up and out has definitely helped my day-I feel accomplished and a little more focused. I don’t feel like I have to rush home and do 4839282 chores either before I run or feel like I have to rush through my run to get to the various chores. I will have to figure out how to handle the longer mileage (5 and 7) in the morning-getting up much earlier will be especially challenging. Also I will be faced with the challenging of stepping up my pace to make sure I am done in time to get ready for work. It’s going to be a learning and balancing act for sure.