country music half marathon


this morning, I could have gotten up and gone for my run. the cats woke me up around 6am to play. not with me, but on me. it’s a fun game for them….run back and forth across the bed while mommy curls up in a ball cursing.

I got a fabulous 8 hours of sleep last night, and only got up once to pee. that might be a new record for me. seriously, I’ve got the bladder of a three year old. it’s embarrassing.

but when I looked at my phone and saw that it was 6:30 and that I had plenty of time for a run, I realized how much I didn’t want to run in the morning. I enjoy taking my time to wake up, a long leisurely shower, and breakfast on the couch while I’m still in my robe.

for the longest time, morning workouts were a necessity. there was never a guarantee that I’d be able to leave my office before 7pm, and by the time I got home I’d be losing daylight and motivation. so evening workouts weren’t an option for me.

now I have a job where I consistently am able to leave between 5:30 & 6pm. I get home and have at least an hour’s worth of daylight to go enjoy a run in the park. and bonus: it’s warmer in the afternoon than in the mornings! 

so today, I’ll run after work. it might be a great run, it might be a terrible run. but it’ll be a run done on my terms. and those are the best kinds of runs.

cool, humid weather apparently makes for a great run.

I felt strong the entire time – my legs felt like flying and I focused on my breathing and staying “comfortable” the whole time. looks like my plan worked! 

Not a ton of elevation gain, but I feel a lot more confident with the hills I did have to run today. I’ve been working on picking a focus point just a couple yards out to avoid looking towards the top of the hill. It helps with the mental aspect of hills, and definitely worked well for me tonight.

now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to need a shower & some dinner. but mostly a shower (phew!).

6x400s tonight. really glad I waited to run until this afternoon – it was so much nicer than crawling out the door half asleep!

I need to work on my recovery – for some reason, I got it in my head that for a 90 second recovery, I should walk 30 seconds of it. yeah, not the progress I want to be making…but I am happy with the speed portions of the run! my goal for next week is to get all of my sprints sub-9.