We had various commitments this morning, so I needed to be done running by 7:00am. Which meant I needed to be up before 5:00am. I slept horrible last night. Between the crazy wind and thinking I kept hearing the baby (which I didn't), I was up all night. My alarm went off at 4:50am and I couldn't do it. I couldn't get up and run in the dark and cold. I just couldn't. My MOJO went away with the wind.
I got up and got everyone dressed, fed and lots of head of hair to do (5 girls). My two nieces went to dance rehearsal and my kids went to soccer game with Dad. I finally got out for my run.
I was still feeling grumpy. I felt very labored in my breathing and ended up taking the most hilly route in the area. The wind was blowing hard...in some spots, I felt like I was running into a wall of wind. I kept shortening my run in my head justifying that it would be ok (but I didn't). I was struggling mentally. Ughhhh.....I was on empty physically and mentally. I borrowed a few of Allie's "Mental Band-aids" from the the Salt Lake Marathon.
I got the mouth of AF Canyon and headed toward the Highland trails at the golf course. At the half way point, I had to fix my dumb socks and I took a GU/water. I'm not sure if it was the 2xcaffeine in the GU or I was on my way home, but I the "Band-aids" started coming off and my MOJO was coming back.
I only had one big climb and enjoyed the downhills that I had already climbed. Mentally and physically I was getting stronger and stronger by the mile. THAT is what I love about running. I left all my "garbage" sprinkled along the streets today. Running is so much more than physical exercise.
I didn't even look at my watch except for the mileage. When I looked at my splits after the run, I knew why I was breathing so hard. I didn't even realize how hard I was pushing it up those climbs.
I felt SO much better (physically and mentally) after my run today. I love running and what it does for me :)
9:04, 9:06 ,9:26, 10:19, 9:19
8:59, 9:29, 8:33, 8:02, 8:11, 8:02, 3:34