Hi and happy Sunday!
I woke up to sun streaming in my bedroom window this morning and I just knew it was going to be a beautiful day! We have had so many clouds and so much rain around here lately and has been so nice to enjoy a warm and sunny weekend. Today was another day when I did not have an alarm to wake up to and I can say that I could get used to that!
I knew I wanted to get in a run this morning but I did not have a concrete plan of when I was wanted to go, how long I wanted to run, and where I was going to go. My second half marathon is one week from today (yikes!) so I wanted to just keep my mileage steady and small this week. After I woke up, I took the dogs outside, fed them, and then threw on my running clothes. By the time I was heading out the door, it was almost 10am. That is crazy late for me to start a run, normally, especially in warmer temperatures. I wasn’t going to let it deter me and just figured I would start and see how I felt.
In my head, I wanted to do around four miles and I thought maybe I would even push it to five or six. I wasn’t putting pressure on myself and I wasn’t even sure where I was headed. I started off on my regular route and, as always, during my first half mile I was thinking that I was going to stop at two miles. Why in the heck is the first mile always the toughest? It always seems to crush my spirit!! As always, I made it through my first mile and settled in and felt great! The sun was out and it was warm, but there was a slight breeze which made the temperature bearable and it actually felt nice even though I was running into it.
I made it past mile two and headed up to a cemetery that is a street away from our house. Normally, I would be super creeped out by being in a cemetery, but people often walk in this one and I always feel at peace when I am there. I love running on winding paths and it really is just a simple and beautiful place to be. I did a couple of miles there and headed toward home when I reached four miles. I hit my driveway at about 4.3 and just decided to finish at 4.5. Does anyone else have a problem stopping at a random distance? I always have to keep going until I am on a mile or a half. Anyway, I finished at 4.5 and felt amazing! I had negative splits and kept my speed up at a pace that is faster than I normally run! Very rarely do I run without a plan. After today, I think I need to start doing that more often! It seems to work! No pressure; just a beautiful day with a beautiful chance to get out and enjoy it!
I came home ravenous and ate a bowl of plain yogurt with pumpkin flax granola and some blueberries that I could salvage from the container of dying ones in my refrigerator. Perfectly cool and filling! Today, I have to put away all of the laundry that I washed yesterday (yuck) and I think I may try the paint the trim in my bathroom. I’m just going to roll with the day and see where it takes me!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
With much Love and Laughter,
Something to share: Do you have any weird running habits (like me not being able to stop on an odd distance)? What do you have planned for this beautiful Sunday?