I set my alarm for 4:30 but it was just asking too much to be out of the door by 5:00. Oops. Ahem, finally at 5:40 am I was on the road and running. The great thing is it was really light out so it felt rather surreal that there were barely any cars on the road. I just ran loopy sidewalks through my neighbourhood and about 3 miles in I realized that I needed to hit a bathroom. I detoured to Starbucks. Thanks goodness they are open early! After I was on my way I was running past an open field and about to cross an intersection. The car approaching me had a stop sign and they were far enough away that I made the decision to step off the curb. As I ran in front of her I was staring at the car and realized, “Holy crap, she’s not looking straight ahead at the stop sign, she’s looking to the left to make sure no one is coming so she can roll through the stop sign.” I’m not sure if she turned her head enough to see me, or if I ran fast enough so I was finally in her view, but all of a sudden she saw I was there and came to a stop. I gave her a “what the heck were you thinking look” and pointed to the stop sign. She mouthed “sorry” and I could tell she felt bad. Yikes though.
As I continued on I was close to my home and just over 5 miles in. It was 6:45 am and I realized that if I tried to run the full distance that I would be pretty late for work. So I made the executive decision to split my long run into two and finish the rest up over lunch. As for the rest of the run? Pretty uneventful and boring, just 4 miles, out and back along the river. But it was really warm!!
As for what was happening in the evening? I think that deserves its own blog post!