False alarm! I’m not sick, but I think I have been fighting something.
Thursday, I was not 100%, but definitely felt better than I did on Wednesday. Since I didn’t run on hump day, I knew I’d have to make up some mileage. The plan was to run the six I missed…at night.
I don’t like running in the dark. And, nighttime is so much scarier to me than early morning. It’s so much darker. I feel like all the bad guys are out. There are a lot more cars driving around. I can’t see the ground and am afraid I will hurt myself.
Plus, it’s hard to take self-portraits for blogging purposes.
I took off on my loop through town, which is about 1.5 miles. I was planning on doing the loop four times. It was still twilight, so the first loop wasn’t bad except toward the end when it was darker. I did enjoy the sound of croaking frogs. And I also love to run by the Dairy Queen when there are a bunch of people in line. I like to imagine they think twice about their order when they see someone running by.
But I didn’t like running under this one line of treese where there aren’t any street lights. I worried I was going to get a twig in an eye, so I slowed down till I was safely through.
Then, I passed the house with the chain-link fence and the big, barking dogs. I know they aren’t going to get me, but it’s still frightening when they charge the fence. “Hi, puppies. Hi, puppy dogs,” I said to make myself feel better.
After I finished the first loop, the negotiating began. Maybe I’ll just do one more loop. Three miles is good, isn’t it? I’m supposed to take it easy before a race, right?
I decided to wait till I was finished with the second loop to make up my mind. Half way through it, though, I got a side ache and knew it was because I was thirsty. I drank 64 ounces of water Thursday, but I think I needed more since I was running so late in the day.
It was really dark now, and I slowed under the trees again, ducking my head. No dogs this time. But I still could not relax. I completed the second loop, pushing myself to keep running.
But now I had two side aches and my shoulder blades hurt (I think because I was so tense). I ran the lit part of my loop and back to complete four miles, thinking I could stick it out for two more miles in and out of cul-de-sacs in my neighborhood.
After one, though, I stopped running. I wanted to go home. See Mr. T. Have dinner. Drink water. So I did. (And I had a two glasses of water and a glass of lemon+lime Nuun with my ham and cheese Lean Pocket.)
Oh well. I’m running 13.1 on Sunday, so I’m not worried about it.
3/18/10 – 4.1 Miles – 41:09
Average pace: 10:01
Mile 1: 9:57
Mile 2: 10:10
Mile 3: 10:02
Mile 4: 9:55
I don't like running at night either – it's much scarier!
Good job for getting out there and doing it. LOL about Dairy Queen.I won't run in the dark for the very reason you stated. I cannot afford to get hurt again and if I can't see the ground, well, there is bound to be another injury.I hope you are least has some pepper spray with you.
Funny, I am more uneasy in the morning darkness than evening darkness. Probably just what I'm used to. Great job on the miles!
I don't like running at night … unless it's with a friend. That makes it so much less scary. Good luck this weekend!
Yeah I say kudos for getting yourself out there!And…”I like to imagine they think twice about their order when they see someone running by.”LOVE THAT QUOTE!
Great job getting out there…you were totally justified in coming home after 4 miles 🙂 Good luck on the 13.1!!!
Look at your times! They are coming right on down!!! So awesome!running in the dark creeps me out too. I love your thoughts about running past Dairy Queen. That is so funny! I would think twice!See you Sunday if not tomorrow at the Expo!
always be careful when running at night. love the thoughts about dairy queen.
Whew! I feel like I just completed my own half marathon. See, I found your blog 2 weeks ago via 26lbs26miles. For these past 2 weeks I have read all your posts since your first day of running. Every.Single.One. 243 posts.Ok, I'm not a stalker! I swear! However, I am a mom and new runner. Imagine my excitement to find another mom who started out just as I am right now. Most running blogs intimidate me. Some ladies are just so far ahead of where I am. You're easy to relate to – but also incredibly inspiring. I've learned so much as I've read about your journey. I didn't know what Gu, Nuun, chips or bibs were. I didn't know how amazing the Garmin is. I didn't know how helpful MapMyRun could be. I've been able to learn through you. Thank you so much!So I'm all caught up now! Cant wait to follow you from this point on. Good luck on the Mercer! (I live on Whidbey, so I'm “local.”) I'll be thinkin' of ya.
Oh my gosh! Thank you!