Working at an office job, I always used to fantasize about how awesome it would be to run at lunch. I went for a few 2 milers with the dog, but I wanted a real run, like one where you don't have to go out again after work to finish your mileage for the day.
Yesterday, the stars all seemed to align for me to get out there and run:
1. I fueled properly. I had a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee at 7 and then an apple and a slice of banana bread (yep, Alyssa, I finally made some) at around 9:45am. Normally, I wouldn't eat that much that early in the morning, but I didn't want to feel "lunch hungry" while I was running.
It worked perfectly. I wasn't hungry on my run AND I didn't feel like I was going to vomit in someone's bushes, either.
2. I was actually motivated. Figuring out when to run now is tricky. I want to have my run done by the time Mike gets home from work. Then, I can either take Bungee to the trails to fit in a few more miles, or I can get a head start on making dinner (awww, such a good homemaker). However, without a set schedule, I'm kind of a disaster.
I've been running a few times a week before work. Other times, I'll work straight through lunch and run at around 4. However, today, I actually wanted to run at lunch (it could have been the fact that I was in running clothes all morning and felt sporty).
3. My conference call ended right before noon. I was worried that wouldn't end up actually having from 12-1 free, but my call ended on time and things wrapped up nicely for me to get outside.
There were a couple major setbacks to the whole situation.
1. The weather. 77 degrees really isn't bad; however, considering it's been in the 40s around here recently, this was a little rough. Also, noon in warm weather, isn't fun.
2. My chosen route. I decided to run a loop that was essentially all hills and barely shaded. I contemplated crossing the street to hit the shady spots, but then realize that was way too much effort and I needed all of my energy to actually make it home without walking.
3. I am an idiot. Most people would check the weather and reconsider going out at that time. Other people would check the weather and reconsider their route. What did I do? I took it as a challenge and then came home and drank gallons of water.
I did it, though.
What's the dumbest runner thing you've ever done?