- Go to bed early on Sunday night (for me, 10:30 p.m. though my goal was 10:00 p.m.).
- Set the alarm for just before sunrise. When the alarm goes off, don't think. Roll out of bed, get dressed. Put pillows next to your bed to soften the fall if necessary. For me, it's part of waking up.
- Head straight out the door without thinking about the time or lack of light.
- Note your pleasant surprise that it's not quite as cold outside as you expected it to be.
- Listen to the birds chirping.
- Smell the daffodils in the neighbor's yard (my yard is completely gutted right now, no bulb flowers).
- Run through the neighborhood beneath the flowering cherry trees, feeling, seeing, and smelling spring!
Scores of construction workers, bike commuters, and several other runners also were out. One construction worker I could tell was checking me out until I ran right past him & he noted my pregnant profile with a "Jesus!" not-so-under-his-breath. How did he know I've been referring to my little bean as Jesus (say it in Spanish, hey-SOOS)? That guy must be brilliant.
It was heavenly this morning! I covered about 7 miles and would have kept going if...I were retired and didn't have to work.
|Olympic Mountains over Elliot Bay|
|I could see Mt. Rainier over the Port of Seattle & Duwamish River but she doesn't show herself in my photo. I'm still not used to seeing that damn ferris wheel.|
|Exiting the waterfront's Olympic Sculpture Park, look up to see the Space Needle, contemplate sitting on the eye-ball chairs & enjoying a cup of coffee while watching the water.|
|Heading home, I ran between the Seahawk/Sounder and Mariner stadiums being warmed by the sun.|
EUGENE HALF MARATHON TRAINING UPDATE:
I totally bailed on my "long" run this past weekend - 8 miler. I ran myself ragged baking (4 loaves of bread & 1 cobbler, yo!), running errands, hosting a dinner, doing housework, etc. I ended up crashing for a 3 hr nap on Sunday instead of running. Sad. But a good reminder that I need to slow the "F" down on the weekends and recover from busy weeks*. I keep forgetting that I'm pregnant and need to CHILL a bit more.
*However, I am NOT complaining about the 2 loaves of cinnamon raisin bread I baked that became delicious French toast on Sunday morning.
Still loosely following the Run Like a Mother "finish it" half marathon training plan, this week will include:
- 4 to 6-mile run (DONE, that was today's 7 mi)
- 4-mile run
- 10-mile run
- 15-20 min of barefoot running
- Another bike commute (which I'm counting as my cross-training)
- At least one strength class during lunch and one Jillian strength workout at home. It's been a couple weeks since I could fit a YMCA class into my work day so I'm really hoping I can pull it off.
- NEED to do yoga, I can really feel my right plantar fasciia bugging today. My doctor said that PF can be made WORSE by pregnancy. Ug. Just what I don't need.
Crossing my fingers that I can just hold on long enough to enjoy this cool spring running and run the Eugene half...