Thursday, March 29, 2012

I Surprised Myself!

First, my goal was to run my missed track night tonight. During the day, I realized that it was not going to be easy. I had a TON of excuses that I could have used at any time to go home and just take it easy. Here they are:


  1. It was pouring out. The peak rainfall was between 5:00-5:30. That was my running time.
  2. When I checked my running bag, I realized I left my running jackets at home. ALL of them.
  3. I was still on the double dose of anti-viral meds and feeling gross.
  4. I am fighting a virus.
  5. My favorite/safest track for solo running had a meet going on.
  6. The other track had tons of wild geese on it when I got there and they left it disgusting with green poo piles.
  7. I didn't have my earbuds for music.Running laps alone for 2.5 miles without music?
  8. Some of the random wind gusts were HARD.
It just so happens that my race partner is also my lead worker at work and sits right next to me. Guess what she had today in HER running gear bag - a spare rain running jacket. My size. I didn't know whether to be grateful or mad. I mean, it was POURING outside!

So, I drove to the high school and before I even made it to the track, my running shoes were SOAKED. My toes were squishing in them as I stepped up to the starting line. Before I finished my first lap my sleeves soaked through and the strong winds and sideways rain soaked my eye glasses. The random gusts were trying to blow me over and were not fun to run into. I was literally splashing on the track in between fresh goose poo and live earthworms that were seeking solace. Sure didn't want the goose poo on my white shoes! 

It wasn't an easy workout by any means. I wanted to quit after just the second lap even though I had 8 more to go. I had a lot of reasons to quit. And I took none of them. And guess what - I AM PROUD!!! I came home and downloaded my stats.

I kicked butt tonight!!!! 

Last week's track night gave us a break every two laps and still I was faster tonight. 

4 laps (rest 30 seconds) 3 laps (rest 30 seconds) 2 laps (rest 30 seconds) 1 lap

Here are my splits and averages of RUNNING time only

I have no idea how that happened as I sure didn't feel strong or fast. I just felt wet, miserable and weak. I guess I was wrong. 

WEIGHT: 164.0 (YAY!!)
WEATHER AT 5:00pm-5:30pm:  46 degrees - Heavy rain with gusts of wind from 14-22 miles per hour.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Heather. One of these days, I will be able to maintain that pace without breaks and when I do, I certainly want to catch run or two with you and your friends. :)