Overall Pace- 8:13
Fastest Mile- 7:57 Less Fast Mile- 8:32
Rainy day run on my lunch hour with sore tummy muscles.
Yesterday morning at 6AMish on my way to work the sky was AMAZING. Dark, with the clouds open to reveal bright grey and red. I remember when we were at the Ocean growing up my Mom would always say "Red Skies at night, Sailors delight. Red Skies in morning, Sailors take warning." Or something along those lines. So I knew that I was in for a treat on my lunch hour run.
My goal for this run was to channel my inner peace. Cheesy right? Basically I wanted to run for the love and fun of being out there. My co-workers seemed mystified when I grabbed my running bag as the puddles quickly filled to capacity.
With rain gear on I headed out. It was going to be a WET one!! The skies were dark. I took my favorite path which winds around the river, over a bridge and along a soccer field. I do my best thinking while running, and today was a rare IDEA type of day, details soon.
Crossing the bridge I thought about how anyone sitting inside to avoid the rain was truly missing out. The drizzle made patterns on the river, leaves cascaded slowly to meet the water and were slowly pushed downstream. Leaves of Green, Yellow, Red and Orange, some as big as my soggy size 10's covered my path. The simplicity and beauty you see in nature by the power of your 2 feet is one of my favorite things about being a runner.
I tried to avoid the puddles, hard to do with the leaves clever camouflage. I was running at a good clip and my stomach started to feel SORE. This is a familiar feeling the day after Volleyball (we went 6-0 again). Yesterday, on his 4th Birthday, I couldn't help but thinking back to the PAIN that came with giving birth to Blaine. I smiled to myself, and focused on my breathing and arm swing...the pain went away.
Next up my daily does of sexual harassment. Near the Industrial Crate Packing building the men sit in their cars just along the path fence line and eat lunch. On SEVERAL occasions I, and my adorable running partners, have been Cheered on (LOL), by the fellas. Yesterday one guy actually rolled down his window, while it is raining mind you, and yelled "Looking goooood!" Wow..OK I will take it as a compliment and SPEED UP!
Turned the corner toward work. GOAL ACHIEVED. I did not let the rain, pain, or insane dude take me out of my ZONE. It was a GREAT running day.
- Wishing you all a great day and a workout in the ZONE!!
**I am planning on doing a post about First Marathon stories. If you have a great one please email me your link. The recent First M-Day posts I will be linking in Lacey, Britt, Jesse, Nicole, Candice, Morgan and ??