Yesterday morning was pretty chilly (about 20 degrees), so I wasn’t too sad not to be running and to be attending a 7:30 a.m. meeting instead.
I was kind of annoyed, however, that I didn’t have time to take some pictures of the lightly-frosted winter wonderland created by freezing morning fog, so I’ll only have a quick photo interlude before talking about running.
About the run: I got out of work at 7 p.m. and had an internal monologue something like this:
Responsible me: “You need to go for a run. You’ve been sitting all day, and you need to get the miles in. You have a race coming up!”
Whiny/slothful me: “But it’s dark! And I have to run by myself. And I just want to sit and read the paper and have a beer!”
Outdoorsy me: “It’s warmer out now than it was this morning. The stars are beautiful. It’s a lovely evening!”
Impatient me: “Oh, just put your running kit on and get this over with!”
Responsible, outdoorsy, impatient me wins!
Which leads me to: The Good and Bad of an Evening Run . . .
Good: I love my little clip-on hat light.
Bad: I had to learn to direct my breath downwards, or the illuminated condensate would block my vision.
Good: I managed not to trip on any sidewalk cracks or get my eye poked by a low-hanging denuded tree branch.
Bad: You can’t see neighborhood dogs in the dark, and several of them nearly made me jump out of my skin with their sudden, nearby barking.
Good: All the dogs were chained and/or fenced. I did not get bitten.
Bad: I missed a turn in the dark and got lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood. (That’ll teach me to try a new route by myself in the dark.)
Good: The neighborhood led out to a familiar place, and I wound up getting exactly the miles I wanted by the time I got home.
Bad: Several people have violated standards of good taste and have turned on their Christmas lights well before Thanksgiving.
Bad: My right shoe came untied. Twice. What gives? Have I suddenly forgotten how to tie shoes?
Good: My overall pace was less than 11 minutes per mile. Quite good for me, especially for anything over 3 miles!
Also good: The stars were beautiful.
That’s all for now!
Copyright 2013 by Katie Bradshaw