|Run #1! Look how naive I was back then...|
|Recycled photo - but you get the idea...|
1. You shouldn't try to run every day. It hurts. You'll get burnt out. Just don't do it. OK? Seriously - it sucks.
2. I don't want my life to revolve around running. Rather, my life can't revolve around running. I really thought I could maintain everything else in life and still run every day - but I just can't. Because I was still committed to important things like, you know, a job, a husband, a home, a church, etc. in August - naturally, something had to give (there are only so many hours in a day). Ultimately I ended up having to sacrifice major sleep. I'd say about 1/3 of my runs/walks happened after 10 PM. And that's just really rough when I have to wake up at 5:30 AM.
|being reflective for another late night run|
|well, that and eating McDonald's...|
5. I surprisingly had some really (I'm talking really) close calls with upset tummy issues. I've never had GI problems while running... so I'm still not sure if it was just a coincidence or because I was doing so much, I'm going to keep monitoring that...
This isn't me, I promise. But I can't say I haven't thought about it...
6. There are a lot of critters outside at night. We had coyote, opossum, rat, cat, dog, and spider encounters aplenty.
7. I could not have done it without Donny's help. There were definitely a few nights where I would not have gone if he hadn't been there to encourage me. The hardest night was last Friday. I threw my mom a huge 50th birthday party that night, but the day started at 5 AM for cycle, then I worked a full day before running around as hostess. Bad shoes and 100 degree heat only compounded the exhaustion. We didn't start our [walk] for the day until 12:30 AM and I was delirious with exhaustion. (See #1 and #2).
8. I'm really tired of doing laundry. Also, I can get really creative with running outfits when clothes are dirty and no one I know is going to see me.
9. Even though I walked way more than anticipated - I'm content and can say with confidence that I accomplished my goal.
10. I still love it. Even though I was glad to get to September and give my legs a break - I still really love the sport of running and am really looking forward to my Fall racing schedule!