I got to meet up with some of you, +Maggie Wolff , Lauren , Chris, Erica, and Erin, at the blogger happy hour last night and departed on the early side to see my tot for a little while before bed. Thankfully I finished eating before anyone showed up so nobody could see me eat like a pig, as I forgot my lunch and was STARVING. And the whopping two drinks didn't settle well either once I went home. I was a little worried how I would wake up today to run. Drank more water, had some flavored ice (this is my cure all right now), and had some pepto tabs.
This morning Erin (Not happy hour Erin, see links) and I planned to do somewhere around 11-12 miles with some hill repeats at Cricket Hill. Expected start time? 4:05am...This is a PR for me for start time. I have to thank Erin for getting me to start early. I wondered at the start of my plan how I would get my runs that went 10-13 miles in before work and not getting into work too later. I didn't want to just start waking up super early to do it, it was a mental block. But give me the option to have a running buddy? I'll do it. And since we've started running together, the block is gone. I've learned more about time I need to get the stomach ready, get more relaxed about starting early, and how nice it is to finish early too. Plus, running for an hour on the lakefront path and seeing like 5 people total is a cool experience.
Now I had to wake up at 3:40am to make sure I could sip coffee and get out in time. Thankfully I felt okay and all systems were green. I check the weather, says 70, dry conditions will continue, nothing on radar. Shirt off, gonna be warm! Get outside... misting, humid, and it felt a little cool for skins. Too later, I'll warm up. And remember how yesterday my GPS wouldn't connect in clear skies? This morning.. connected in like 15 seconds with the cloudy and misting conditions.
I met up Erin about a mile in and it was a fun run. Easy pace, that hovered between 8:15 - 8:30 I think. We saw our first runners around 5am. But the gnats didn't sleep in. The were bad out this morning and couldn't see them as it was dark. Good also to have a running partner for that hour of the morning (and I had on an LED light on my arm band).
On the way back to our end point, we went to Cricket Hill and did 5 hill repeats! It was a lot of fun, as I haven't done them purposely before, just if a hill is in road I run when I am not in Chicago. Lots of gnats there too! Pretty sure I inhaled a few.
After this, we went back to the path, high fived and each went out own ways home. Ended up being 12 miles and I felt great, but noticed I was hungry now. So when I got home, this hit the spot:
I actually ate it as I left for the bus, felt like a kid waiting for the school bus.
And a late entry photo for my blog, my wife emailed me this picture of our tot getting ready to take tiger out on an adventure:
And with that, have a great day! I hope you got a good run in today!
Do you like flavored ice?
Is 4am considered morning or night?!