Yesterday I skipped the four-mile run repeat of Sunday. I needed my morning sleep and by the time I got home from a softball game in the evening I was too tired to push myself. My stomach also felt a little funny in the middle of the night so I’m wondering if I’m getting the appropriate nutrition right now. When the alarm went off this morning I knew there was no skipping!
The training plan called for a six-mile hills run and while I hit a few I did not focus on finding the hilliest place to run. Even though I did not think I was up for pushing myself, once I started moving I felt better and the low humidity certainly helped the cause!
I went headphones-free today and it was quite relaxing hearing nature waking up. The bugs, probably the crickets, were a low hum over the plodding of my shoes. The birds were chirping a song for me as I advanced from one mile to the next. I saw some fellow runners and bikers along the trail and I imagined that they too must be preparing for an upcoming race. Or they simply were taking on the day early before the humidity crept back in.
For a change, this morning felt like a late summer day. Something about the clean smell in the air (probably due to the rain last night) reminded me of home when I used to do runs along the country roads to prepare for the upcoming soccer season. I love how a smell can take you to a certain place or time and that’s what it felt like today.
Here are today’s stats: 6 miles, 56 minutes (9:19 pace), 821 calories
Up next: 4 mile run