If you would have told me a few months ago that I would have ENJOYED waking up at 5:30 on a Saturday morning, then going for a run, I would have smacked you silly. Me? Wake up and run at 6 AM? AM? Not PM? Well I have a surprise for you. I. Loved. It. It was beautiful out, LOW 60’s!!!!, and the sunrise was gorgeous. Now granted, this hasn’t exactly become a habit yet, however, I have been incredibly productive since my run so I’m starting to think I might be onto something.
But first, let’s back it up to yesterday. I took the Truckle monster on a 1 mile walk, poop bag and all. Thank goodness I remembered this time because she left one quite large present in a neighbor’s yard. The bigger the dog, the bigger the poop. I sure hope she stops growing soon or we’re going to be in trouble!
When we got back, it was time for Pizza Night! In case you were wondering, I ended up making the chocolate chip cookie dough peanut butter cups, and they. were. amazeballs. I’ll be posting an easy tutorial on the photog. blog later this weekend! Adam made a delicious caprese style pizza with heirloom carbon tomatoes. Yummmy!
After stuffing my face with pizza and ridiculously rich, chocolate peanut butter cups, I wasn’t sure if I would be in the mood to wake up so early and run! But when my alarm went off this morning, Truckee was more than happy to push me out the door. The Little Rock Marathon Training Group run began at 6, so I got there about 5 ’till and signed my name, and how many miles I was planning on doing. They had routes scheduled for 1,2,3,4,6, and 8 miles, so I signed up for 6. The leader of the group, who also organizes the Little Rock Marathon every March, made an announcement, basic safety, and we were off!
I was hoping to connect with a few runners my age, but didn’t really see anyone my age immediately, so I just jumped in the crowd and took off. Pretty early it seemed like the group split into walkers, slow, and fast. I wasn’t able to keep up with the fast group, but the slower group fell pretty far behind, so I settled in somewhere in the middle. I ultimately decided to do 4 fast miles, and see how I felt with my new pace in the cooler air. I wanted to see if training in the heat had payed off any! Also, I’ll let you in on a secret. I was dying to go to the bathroom, and was fearful that I was going to have to take drastic measures and dive off into the tree line. No worries, mind over body, we made it back to the start without any incidences. HA, I know I’m not the only runner EVER who has shortened a run so they didn’t poop their pants. Let’s just be honest about things.
I was super excited to see that I had managed to perfectly negative split!!! Whoop whoop!! I’m crediting this to not just the weather, but also to the fact that I finally changed my Garmin settings to show my pace and distance, instead of time elapsed and distance.
When I got home, Adam was snoozing on the couch so I grabbed Truckee and took her out for HER run/walk. We did 1.5 mile ish, and she loved every second. I couldn’t believe how fast she was making us run, she is a speed demon! I’m trying so hard to make sure that while I’m putting all my attention on MY exercise, that I’m taking time to make sure she gets exercise too. It’s just an important, especially for a big dog like her!
We walked up most of the “mountain” on the way back, which she was more than happy to do, but once we got to the top it was full speed ahead until we got to our driveway. Who needs a treadmill to do speed work when you have a lab to pull you faster and faster 🙂 Only kidding, she never actually pulls me when she’s running so fast, but she’s an excellent motivator!
The rest of today we spent exploring the outskirts of west Little Rock, out to Lake Maumelle. We knew the lake was super close to us, but had idea how pretty it was! I’m starting to love Arkansas more and more, it’s got beautiful places around every corner.
Hope you all had a fantastic Saturday!!!
What did you do today? Have any funny running stories?