- Have jobs
- Run in the morning
Anyhow, I greeted 4:15 with excitement. Between being under the weather, a 111 mile bike race exactly 30 days ago, a half marathon 8 days ago and a tough 5K Saturday, I took two days in a row off! That's right folks, you heard it here first. I took two days in a row off from exercise.
It's okay though because I have a new bike.
Back on track: I hit the running path by the gym at 4:30 after my usual warm up of 50 pushups, jump rope, lunges and squats. I felt good really. My legs were a little sore, spots here and there waking up. My feet really hurt. But it felt awesome to run. As I passed mile one the path ended and I had to travel across about 100 yards of dirt before hitting the road. Now, mind you, there are no street lights, the moon has set. It's total darkness. There was a "spot," about 4 feet by 2 feet, that looked darker than the rest of the ground. I stepped right in it.
I cannot walk on water! But I can find water in the desert!
My right foot went completely under, above the ankle. Left foot went in second, but only the first half of my foot. I finished the last two miles blister free, laughing at myself. How silly is that?
Hey, it was 4:40 in the morning at that point.
The best part was the weird looks I got when I made it back to the gym to do the 20 minutes or so of circuit training I do on short run mornings. I was muddier than I thought! But like in the movie Fight Club, everybody stared, nobody asked.