I’ve moved my long run to Tuesdays because both boys have school. That way, I can run as long as I want and not really impact anyone but me. Because today was a holiday, the boys and Beer Geek were home. Beer Geek asked me to run early in the morning. I had an eight mile run planned, so I had the alarm set for 5:30am and was planning to hit the road by 6:30 am. Shoo had a bad night and last night was the first time it was supposed to get below freezing, so when my alarm went off, the last thing I wanted to do was get up. So, I didn’t. LOL I ended up sleeping until after 8.
That meant I’d have to get my run in later in the day, which is always hard around here. We had a busy day and I took the kids to the park for an hour and a half. When I got home, I was cold and in a crappy mood. No real reason for the mood (except maybe that I hadn’t run since Saturday.) I finally forced myself to put on my running clothes. I always hate the first couple of cold runs in the fall, mostly because it takes me a few runs to figure out what to wear based on the temp, the wind, and the sun. I decided that 8 miles was just too much and set my minimum at 2 miles. I figured I’d run a mile away from my house and see how I felt. I felt good, so I kept on going. At the three mile point, I decided I could manage 5, so I ran a bit farther away and then headed towards my house. At five miles, nearing my house, I decided I could do one more and that I should make it really count, so I did fartleks. As I approached the turn that would take me to my house at exactly 6 miles, I decided to do just a little more. So, I ran to our church, then decided I could do a bit more to make it 6.5, then a bit more to make it 7. Then, one block from our house, I was at 7.15 and thought I’d just get it to 7.25. Next thing I knew, I was back at my house with 8.06 on the Garmin LOL. It wasn’t a great run. The last two miles were really hard as I had gone out a bit fast, thinking I wasn’t running long, plus I usually do a Gu at 6 miles and I’m trying to not do that if I’m doing a run less than 10 miles. Also, I have zero ‘ade in the house, so I was running with just water. Anyways, 8.06 miles in 1:17:12, so not so bad.
Yesterday was all about cross training. Shoo and I went to our exercise class and I got a really good workout. Then, after lunch, I raked leaves while he played in the yard. Most of the leaves are still on the trees, but our side yard had a pretty good amount. I made a huge pile for him and then we picked up Jones from school.
Both boys loved playing in the leaves (huge pile = less than a 10th of what will eventually come down):
Then they commandeered the rakes and moved the leaves from the yard to the street a few feet away. The vacuum truck doesn’t come for a couple of weeks, so we may end up re-raking this particular set LOL. This is the first year they’ve helped and they actually did a really good job. I see an easier leaf season in my future LOL.