Most of us runners are addicted to our weather ap. Mine said rain most all day. I had a small window to run outside at 11am or 2pm.
I got home about 11:30am from cleaning my maw maws house. In the car, I checked the weather for the hundredth time. I really didn't have time to drive to Genesys Athletic club. I could save so much time if I could just run outside. With the sky just spitting at me, I decided I would run outside, besides the temperature was 54'. Very Nice.
In the time I dressed, rolled and stretched, the spit turned to a more repetitious drizzle. I don't mind finishing in a decent rain, I just struggle starting out that way.
I haven't been to the gym in weeks. With the warm weather, I enjoy spending my time running in the elements. In the evening, in between commercials of Walking dead, the Strain, or whatever my family chooses to watch I do legs, stretching and core. I also fold laundry, but that does nothing for my training!
Today, I quickly packed my bags and headed to the gym. This will soon be my new routine.. I LOVE my gym, I just never want to leave. That's the problem.
I will be running more solo runs.
I will be running less miles and more intentionally.
I will be lifting more, to protect myself.
I will be icing more, prevention.
I will be more focused. Less distraction. I zone out.
I will hurt more. I am motivated by my surroundings.
I am excited.
My heart literally skipped a beat, like the first time you realize someone is flirting with you. I was on a date with the gym. I could hardly wait to step onto the track.
"HELLO TRACK, I am back, did you miss me?"
We picked up right where we left off.
The plan: 7 miles at a sub 8 pace.
I wanted the track to make me work, make me sweat, make my heart pound and my blood pump. Such a love affair.
I wanted to be on the brink of backing out but at the cusp of wanting more.
The mind is powerful. I love that place where you think, "Really, I am only at 3 miles...UGH." Then the great debate goes off in your head. I am screaming at myself so loud I wonder if people can hear my voices. Every once in a while I whisper "Go, shut up.."
I keep hitting the lap/split button on my Timex watch. "Hold on, Nita."
I started getting a little light headed and realized I forgot to eat after breakfast. Knowing that I decided I needed to run stronger, controlled. No excuses.
And to add a bonus...I DID A PERFECT PROGRESSIVE RUN. Each mile I shaved off more time, ending with almost 50 seconds faster than my first mile.
SIDE Note, I did get distracted on the track. A little mouse was running around on the track. I was cracking up as I hopped over him. They leave the doors open, this lil guy was trying to find a dry place to warm up. I told the worker about him and later saw them carrying a bucket laughing.
COFFEE: I like to add some of My favorites: Peets Café Domingo is my favorite flavor of coffee, hence why I have the least amount in My Keurig holder.
Among the some of my flavors are : Green Mountain Organic Peru Calimarca, Seattles Best Breakfast blend, Green Mountain Brown Sugar crumble Donut and Donut Shop Regular
Does your summer routine change when the winter arrives? What do you do differently?
Also, Is there a coffee I should try? If so, tell me, I will buy me some and YOU some if I try the flavor you share! I will add some of my favorites in there too!