This was a tough morning. I made a couple rookie mistakes today which almost caused me to quit….but I didn’t!!
It had been over three weeks since my last run (because of the stupid death plague and then recovery time) and boy things have changed! Not only physically, but also environmentally wise here in Chicago!
For one, the sun rises later than it did three weeks ago. So when I left my house at 5.30 three weeks ago, the sun started coming up not too long after. Today, on the other hand, there wasn’t even a sliver of sunlight which meant I had to change my route for safety. I started running on the beach and I had a chat with myself about how it was stupid to run in the dark, along the beach, all alone. So I rerouted and ran along the street. Usually I don’t like being on the sidewalks but they were super empty at this time so it wasn’t bad.
Another issue was the temperature! Boy, was I under dressed! I checked the weather last night and it said it would be about 55 degrees at 6a. But I forgot that I was running by the lake so it was actually 45. And I was in a tank top. Rookie mistake! Brrrrr!! After the first run I almost convinced myself that it was too cold and I should turn around and go home. But then I had another little chat and said, ‘no no. The more you run, the warmer you will be! Do it!’ So I did.
The last rookie mistake was putting my water bottle in the fridge the night before. I got THIS fun new water bottle and failed to think about the fact that the bottle was sitting right in the palm of my hand, therefore, if the water was cold, my hand would be cold. Ugh!
Now, how the actual run went. Not as bad as I thought it would be! I loved my new pants from Old Navy that I bought a couple weeks back. They made me feel a little more confident. Don’t ask me how or why, but they just did! I made it through all 8 runs and didn’t feel like death afterwards! Bonus! Having the water bottle definitely helped a bunch as well.
Overall, I’m feeling pretty great this morning! And I’m so excited to keep going at this thing!