I should be taking a nap while T Junior sleeps.
I am tired. He had another coughing fit at 2 a.m. and, once again, we were back in the steamy bathroom. I sat on the toilet in my t-shirt with a fleece-jammied toddler on my lap for 20 minutes.
T Junior slept in until almost 9. I got up at 5:50 for a morning run. I had the heated blanket on and everything.
Once again, this blog helped keep me on track as I thought about my bloggy running friend Lisa doing the same thing (pulling herself out of a comfy bed for a cold, morning run), down in the Bay Area.
I stumbled to the bathroom to get ready. Outside was dark and wet with a breeze. I could hear the drops pinging the window over the tub. Fun. I’d set my clothes out the night before, so I got ready quickly, then went downstairs, ate a banana with peanut butter and drank about 10 ounces of water.
I haven’t had much luck with rainwear. But I had not tried my ski jacket yet. It’s a waterproof shell, and I didn’t actually realize until this morning that it is waterproof (I’ve had it since my freshman year in college — 1995!). It also has zippers under the armpits to keep cool. But I got sad as I slipped my arms into the sleeves. I haven’t been skiing in 3 years, or maybe more (holy crap!). When I lived in California, me and my dad or me and my friends or some combination of that, would make the short drive to Tahoe several times during the winter. I learned to ski when I was 3 and I miss it.
As you can see, I decided I would wear my fuel belt so I could take water and a package of Honey Stinger chews. I’m glad I did as I needed them. My hips ached and I felt out of juice just before 3 miles. This is why I need to run on my lunch hour, I can’t miss three days in a row! I had to walk in order to eat the 5 fruit smoothie chews. They were pretty good. Easy to chew up and tasted nice. They reminded me of a less-sweet version of orange gum drops without the crunchy, sugar-coating and they didn’t stick in my teeth, which was nice. They didn’t taste as vitaminy as the Sport Beans I tried on Sunday. I followed up my Honey Stingers with water.
The only thing I didn’t like about the chews is that I had some phlegm or something (similar to what you get when you eat a lot of sugar) in my mouth afterward for a little bit, but it did go away before I finished 5 miles. I didn’t have any tummy issues and the chews seemed to kick in about 5-10 minutes after I ate them. I seemed to have more spring in my step and finished the last couple of miles fairly strong. The run was about an hour.
My jacket worked great and I’m glad I wore it because I got rained on the entire time. And it was COLD! It’s definitely mid-November in the Northwest. I need to get one of those fleece headbands to keep my ears warm.
It was so great to have my run done with this morning. I came home, stretched, showered and had a cup of coffee before T Junior woke up. Tomorrow is a cross training day and I’m hoping to maybe walk on the trail WITH Mr. T and with T Junior in the backpack. Hopefully, it won’t rain or will at least clear up for a little bit. Mr. T has been doing a lot of walking and has lost 18 pounds in, something crazy, like a month. Seriously. It’s crazy.
Well, I better try to get some rest before my toddler tornado resurfaces from his slumber. Good luck to everyone with races this weekend! I can’t wait to read the recaps!