Tough Morning Run

I had a feeling this was going to happen, and I’m sure that’s half the reason it did. This morning’s run was so tough. It’s weird that sometimes a shorter run can feel easy, then other days it feels like the hardest thing you’ve ever done. I have slept well the past couple nights, which is a huge deal for me. I woke up this morning looking forward to getting up to run. As soon as I started to move around, I realized just how sore my butt was. In bootcamp yesterday, we did sprints on a treadmill with an incline of 10, then we did hills on the stationary bike. I’m the kind of sore where you grunt and show pain in your face when you try to sit down. I procrastinated around the apartment for longer than normal, so I didn’t have time to drive down to the beach to run my usual route. Instead I ran from my apartment, which I’m not a fan of. I can’t go a couple blocks without encountering a hill, and there are streetlights and cars and crosswalks, which equals a lot of stopping and going. People are notoriously bad about stop signs here too, so you just have to assume people are going to try to roll through them and not let you go. You just have to be extra aware the whole time (I only almost got hit one time, that must be a record). The good thing about running this route is that it’s where I ran when I first started running. I remember exactly where I had to stop and walk, and now that I can run so much further, it makes me feel good to see it so obviously. That’s one of the best parts about running; seeing your progress is very easy.

Other things were just off too, I was super hungry when I woke up which is not the norm for me, my iPod nano was dead so I had to take my phone instead (the thought of running without music was too much to bear this morning), I couldn’t find any of my good socks so I had to wear old cotton ones, one of my hairbands broke (I have to wear three since I have so much hair) so my hair was loose the whole run, etc. These are just little things, but combining them with having really tired/sore butt/legs, it was just one of those runs that felt like no matter how fast I felt like I was going, I was actually just plugging along quite slowly. But the important part is that I did it! And I had these waiting for me when I returned:

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Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised when jury duty ended three days ahead of schedule, and I was released around 11:30am.

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Really impressive spread in the jury room.

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Outdated courthouse bathroom selfie.

It was a nice day to walk back to my car.

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Don’t these plants look like they belong underwater?

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These tree/bushes always look like something out of Dr. Seuss to me.

Oh yeah and for some reason I had to take a written drivers’ license test to renew my license (and get rid of my absolutely horrible picture), and I was kind of nervous to take it. But I got 100%. I patted myself on the back.

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Hope everyone is having a good week so far!

 

 

9 comments

  1. i have had many day’s like that. almost to the T. hair tie is too loose so during the run you can feel hair flopping around the WHOLE TIME, iPod dies halfway through a run, you look at your garmin and see the pace and think “why even bother”. Glad you stuck it out!

    1. It drives me CRAZY when my hair isn’t in a sturdy ponytail! It’s all I can think about when I’m running. At least those kinds of runs where everything goes wrong make you really appreciate the good ones!

  2. I am afraid I would probably fail a written driver’s license test. Heck, I might even fail the driving portion if I had to take it again. Luckily in my state, you only have to pay to get it renewed.

    1. It’s so weird because normally you just pay a fee, but because I was renewing it a few months early, they made me take the test. Which makes absolutely no sense to me. I was sure I wouldn’t do well… I was so relieved!

  3. Sounds like an awesome day to me (especially the almond chocolate milk part!). I also struggle with morning runs; firstly, I feel that my body isn’t fully awake yet, and secondly, it’s much harder to fuel properly for them. It also sounds like you were still seriously feeling yesterday’s workout, so well done on taking it somewhat easy today. I also find that a gentle run usually helps me soothe my sore muscles, but it’s a fine balance. I know by now that there’s no point in trying to push for a powerful run when the batteries are empty.

    1. I’m addicted to that chocolate almond milk! I used to not have good morning runs all the time, because I mainly ran in the afternoon. But I think my body adjusted after a while because it’s the main time I run now. This morning’s bootcamp class kicked my butt (again), so I may be in the same position tomorrow. Let’s hope not! Thanks for your encouragement!

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