First of all, I wanted to thank everyone SO much for all the wonderful comments and support you posted on my failblog yesterday. I know we all have a terrible run from time to time, but hearing your stories and great advice really helped me feel worlds better. Because of you, I woke up this morning ready to take on the 10K that I had planned. I even mapped myself a new route and that further helped me feel like I was getting a fresh start.
The only day I typically go out in the early morning is on Saturday when I do my long run. The rest of the week I go out on my lunch breaks because my mornings are usually so swamped with getting myself ready, getting the little person fed and dressed, daycare drop offs, coffee pick ups, on-time arrivals to work, and frankly the idea of waking up at 4:30 am to fit in a run is really unattractive to me when I could just do it mid-day.
Wednesdays my husband is usually off work though – it sounds more awesome than it is…the trade off is that he works Saturdays – and he hangs with our daughter all day. So this morning I felt compelled to set my alarm for 6 and head out for my last planned run before my 10K race on Saturday morning.
Nothing too interesting had a chance to happen while I was out there, but my new route was awesome with some challenging rolling hills. I finally got my outfit right and didn’t feel too hot or cold. One of my favorite comments that was left on my post yesterday was from my awesome blogfriend Irishrunnerchick, who told me that usually after she has a miserable run, she comes back with a fantastic one. Today I ran my fastest post-injury 10K and according to Map My Run I set several PRs on the hills I have been running around my neighborhood for ages. That definitely put a smile on my face.
Plus I was treated to a beautiful sunrise and now that I’ve gotten it out of the way, I am free to join my daughter and husband for lunch today. Wins all around! As much as I don’t love waking up early, I do love starting my day with those running endorphins. Better than Starbucks!
I’m still drinking a Starbucks right now though.
Speaking of my daughter…
Carousels are her favorite. I take her to the zoo regularly and buy the ride pass so she can go as many times as she wants. She likes to pick a different animal every time. Usually I am motion sick by the end of all this, but she’s worth it.
Anyway she just keeps getting more hilarious and awesome with every passing day. And more attitudey, but she’s 2 so that’s to be expected. In my opinion, little kids are the funniest people on the planet. They have no filter and will just say whatever pops into their minds and it’s totally acceptable and cute when they do it.
I wish it was acceptable and cute for me to say whatever I was thinking at all times.
Before I had Betty, that was one thing I looked forward to about having a child. Now she’s here, she talks A LOT, and the completely innocent and LOLZ-inducing comments have started. Last night was one of her best.
We had gone to my mom’s house for dinner. As we were leaving out of her complex we saw a man running on the side of the road. He was a older guy with white hair and a white beard. When I see people running, I always get really excited for them so as I drove toward him, I gave him a wave, a thumbs up and told him he was awesome. He smiled and waved at me in return. It was such a nice exchange and then suddenly here’s Betty in the backseat yelling, “HO HO HOOOOOOO!!!” at the top of her lungs.
He had to have heard her. The windows were way open because it’s finally nice enough outside for that sort of thing. I started laughing so hard, I almost drove off the road.
So if anyone was wondering what Santa does in the off-season, Betty would like to inform you that he runs around her Nana’s neighborhood in Baltimore. Obviously.
I must say he was looking pretty fit too. All the cookie eating must not be a year-round thing.
What time of day is your favorite time to run?
Does planning a new route give you that fresh-start-feeling too?
What is the funniest thing you’ve ever heard a little kid say?
Have you ever wondered what Santa does for the rest of the year? (Aren’t you so glad you know now?)
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!
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