Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Don't Mess With My Routine (3/27)

"My ears hurt mom"

Its chilly out!

It's hard to write about something that happened Saturday but here I go...

6 Miles

start: 9:33 a.m.

finish: 11:05 a.m.

It will most likely take me a loooong time to finish a marathon

I think that I heard my mom say this first, "A woman's work is never done". I am not sure of the origins of this quote but it is absolutely true. Keep this in mind as I continue my story. I have come to look upon my Saturday runs as my selfish time. I have a routine and at this time I have to stick to it. My routine is what keeps me going. If I didn't have it I would most likely have given up on my training plan. After all, I am the master of making up excuses for not doing something.

I won't delve into the details, but circumstances arose in which I was not able to keep with my Saturday running routine. This made me crazy! I kept trying to get out of the door and one thing after another continued to prevent me from doing so. Nothing important mind you, frivolous things that could have waited until I arrived home again or, better yet, been taken care of without my assistance. I finally escaped and had 6 miles to contemplate life. I am VERY blessed and I love taking care of my house, husband, and pup (who has a double ear infection) but is it too much to ask for a few hours Saturday morning to run? I decided that going forward the best course of action will be to wake up really early and be out of the door before anyone else wakes up (hehe). I can't even imagine what will happen if/when we have kids, yikes! Furthermore, I deduced that I cannot flip out if my routine has to be shifted.
The weather conditions took a weird turn this weekend. It was in the low 30's with a crisp wind, which actually turned out to be decent running conditions. Out of the closet came the gloves, hat, and sweatshirt. I was hoping to keep them stored away until next winter, oh well. On a side note, my winter gear matches because of my super generous parents and husband. They gave me gift cards to sports stores for Chirstmas so I wasn't strangled running in a winter coat. Back to my story- My route was planned as a nice 6 mile loop. YAY I finally get to loop it! This is going to sound crazy to some, but running is a meditative/spiritual time for me. I like to pray, de-stress, and just think. In any event, on this run a tropical locale kept popping into my mind. This was probably due to the fact that we just planned a trip to Sint Maarten. Nevertheless, my husband and I both desperately want to live somewhere tropical by the beach, but we keep focusing on all of the difficulties this quest would entail. I had this strong feeling that we were supposed to start planning for this anyway and that everything would work itself out. Maybe some of my future posts will be about planning a move!
My run came to an end without incident. I know, everyone is used to my fun and wacky long runs but they simply cannot happen every week. I was slightly fatigued at the end and I might try out different fuel options going further. I have used GU in the past but I am going to see if I can get away with just munching on some dried fruit or something a little more healthy. There are some pretty weird ingrediants in GU. I don't know how eating dried fruit is going to work though. We will just have to wait and see.

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