Beep, beep, beep, that horrible sound we all hear super early in the morning. All week, when I have heard that dreaded sound I have been so tempted to hit the off button and head back to dreamland. One of the things that stops me, is my running buddy. We run together in the mornings and have to go pretty early so she can be back before her son wakes up. This week I have had to drag myself out of bed, but once we are out there and going I am so glad I did. Having another person to be accountable to is great motivation. And I always feel so good when we are done. Plus, I can't fathom having to run after I get off work, so it is nice to have it done and out of the way.
Another thing that stops me is I don't want to be a quitter. One of the things I love about running is that I get to accomplish something challenging on my own. Throw in the 8 hours spent at the mall, not shopping, afterwards makes it that much more special.
So as I posted in my first post, I had a pretty bad run on Saturday. Since then, things have been looking up. I did a nice easy run Monday. On Tuesday I usually go to one of our local high school tracks and do speed work, but that really only gives me about a mile, so I skipped Tuesday and ran a little over 3 miles. I was much happier with my pace, 9:17, and started to feel confident again. Today Jeff and I ran 4 miles with our LTF run club. I felt strong. Even though it was only 4 miles. Hopefully that feeling will last for this weekend's long run. My training schedule calls for 12 miles, but in my quest to add more miles I am going to be doing 15. I have to do this run on my own though. Luckily I will have the ipod to get me through. Side note....what did people do before all this AMAZING technology came out???? I usually do my long runs on Saturday's with a group, but I have to be at work 8am Saturday, and as mentioned before, will be going out to dinner for my bday that night, so Sunday it will be. Hopefully I don't give into the peer pressure of too much wine!
I wish I could go into the offices, or maybe even homes, of some of the people that shop in my store. I would throw a whole bunch of stuff around, leave clothes laying on their closet floor, and then leave. Better yet, I would go to their office, 5 mins before they are suppose to leave, and then hang around for 30 mins with no concern for making them stay for NO REASON AT ALL! (ie, if you are going to enter a store.......5 mins before close.........with holiday extended hours......please, please, please buy something.)