Yesterday evening, I had the urge for some ice cream and my wife suggested we change it up and stop at Zanzibar. On the walk there my phone randomly shut down and I could not get it back on. I freaked out a bit as just a month ago, I went through 3 phones and didn't want to start this again (It worked an hour later randomly...) I finally had some appetite back and got a scoop of Horchata and a scoop of cappuccino something flavored ice cream. YUM! I was a little worried as ice cream is hit or miss for a morning run. In one scenario, 5 scoops of ice cream for dessert... I ran a sub 1:30 half during a training session. Another scenario, ice cream sandwich... stomach ache all run.
Funny story, approved to share by Mrs. Stop Running Dad. On the walk back, I noticed something on her face.. I thought it was ice cream.. I take it off with my hand.. bird crap. EW!
Well this morning was just a good response. I had 10 miles on schedule, easy pace (see 1-2 minutes slower than marathon pace).
Woke up at 3:50am. To everyone other than Erin who thinks this is crazy, I did this to avoid last week's catastrophe. Last week I left the house about 10 minutes too early and paid dearly for it. Today, just woke up 10 minutes earlier and it worked. Now this isn't to say I actually LIKE waking up at night (I think pre 4am no longer qualifies for the morning), but if it means some assurance in not having a #2 disaster, I'll do it.
Left the house somewhere near 4:30am. Took a quick photo at Hollywood Beach:
The lake was pretty loud this morning with the rough waves. I met up with Erin a little down the path and we did around 9 miles together. Always fun to have a running buddy!
And just because I love you guys, I took a mid run picture of the moon, since the sunrise was still like half an hour away at this point.
It was really nice to run in the ~60 degree temperature and no bugs. Up on my street, the wind is insane if there is even a light breeze anywhere else. I dare say I was even a touch chilled until I got on the lakefront. I think the cool weather sped up our pace to a bit faster than we intended.
I stopped for a moment near the end of my run to try to take a Vine video of the waves and for a relaxing loop. Unfortunately, the wind disrupts the feeling and the lighting was all messed up, oh well, here it is anyways:
Tomorrow is my running rest day, and I made it another 6 days without an injury. What is in store for tomorrow? Maybe some photos from the Rock and Roll Half Marathon, inspiration ish? We'll see what I can conjure up for you guys!
You loving the fresh air for your runs?
At what point is a morning wake up time no longer the morning?