I wanted to get in one last long asphalt run prior to Ed Fitz 100K next week. Now that I think about it, it probably wasn't even necessary. I just ran TCM last Sunday, that was probably plenty. Oh well.
Today's run began at 4 AM as I wanted to be back home before the boys awoke. Steve's out of town and I wanted to make them a pancake, eggs and bacon breakfast that I usually do on Sunday mornings. We attended service at 1045 so I needed to be home in time for that as well.
I didn't want to get out of bed! This has been a high mileage week and I ran 15 on the trail yesterday. I felt tired. And grumpy.
Out of bed, into run clothes, feel bad for Topaz because he is giving me a dejected look. Promise to take him on the trail this afternoon.
Then I forgot my iPod. Oh good grief, I can't run for 4 hours on asphalt without something to listen to. And I should have my vest with reflective tape which I haven't worn since last winter. Oh, and a flashlight.
Finally out the door. I was so bored. I didn't take a very exciting route. Just up and down a county road by home, into Big Lake, around the lake and gee, nobody is up walking their dog or riding their bike or anything at this hour..lonely. Maybe I should have brought Topaz?
I forgot my blister potion too. I could feel one begin on the arch of my foot but it never fully developed. Lucky.
THEN the sun began to rise..oh, spectacular! Now it was better than sleeping, and then I saw the trumpeter swans, oh yeah, beautiful, now I'm feeling better, enjoying time to myself, just running and thinking and enjoying this process.
Before I knew it I was back into our neighborhood, lights were on, people starting their day..and mine began 4 hours ago. I like that.
Breakfast was good, too :)
Now I taper. Again.