I ran outside today for the first time in almost 4 weeks and it was awesome! My neighbour convinced me to meet her for a 7k run at 7:30 in the morning. My inner wimp was not happy with the proposed meeting. First it was 7:30 am on a weekend. Second it was 7k. I hadn't ran more than 5k outside in months. But my running buddy was over the top with enthusiasm. I agreed with the clause that I would tell her to go ahead if I couldn't keep up.
I woke the next morning at 6 am, not wanting to be late for whatever reason. It gave me lot's of time for coffee and to read the paper. I bundled up. I hate being cold and over dressed for my run. Two minutes into the run I was tossing my vest onto someone's lawn to have to come back for later. Rookie mistake.
As we headed no one was in sight and the sun had just risen. There was a pink glow in the sky and the streets were silent. The pavement was dry. Just over a kilometre into our run, I felt like I was sprinting - "What is our pace?" I asked Imagining the answer to be 5:10. Nope - the real answer was 5:45. Are you kidding me???
I decided to settle in and just enjoy the run for what it was. A social event, a time to be outside, my gift to myself.... and eventually the rhythm of the run began to flow. In no time, we were getting closer and closer to my house. Then I remembered that I had to get my vest - add an extra little bit.
By the time we rounded to corner of our street the sun had fully risen, a majority of the neighbourhood was awake. I bid farewell to my neighbour and bounded up the steps of my porch. Feeling triumphant I had ran outside, done almost 7k and it wasn't 8:30am yet. Greeting my husband about to say - "I had a great run!" He looked at me and said "Ohhh your mascara has really ran." I looked at myself in the mirror and staring back at me was someone who looked like a sad drunk girl who had just gotten home from the party the night before not the victorious champion that I felt like. Thankfully my neighbour has probably seen me look worse and wasn't scared off. We're going to head out tomorrow!