Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Night Running

Last week I broke my month-long streak of 3 runs/week by only getting in 2 runs (they were strong ones, though). Instead of getting too bent out of shape about it, I'm just getting back on track and making an effort to stick with it this week.
 
The band R.E.M. recently released a new album and they played at The Gorge with some other great "80's bands" Memorial Day weekend, so their music (old and new) has been on the radio nearly daily. I couldn't help but think of "Night Swimming" song from the 1992 album Automatic For the People when I went for my run last night at 8:30, singing "Night Running deserves a quiet night . . . " as I ran along with my dog, Albus. I'm usually a morning run kind of gal, but life makes you try new things. I can definitely say that the timing was right when I laced up my shoes and headed out.
 
Top 5 things about last night's run:
 
- The kids went to bed without a fuss, so I was relaxed and happy to start
- For safety (and because he loves it!) I took our dog with me
- I ran for just 20 minutes, but covered the same amount of distance that has taken me 25-27 minutes in the past!
- I felt strong and could have run further if I wanted
- My new shoes felt great
 
Tonight I'm off to Vinyasa while my poor husband works another late night and my kids have an overnight at my parents' house. Tomorrow morning it is up and at 'em early for me with a road trip to Wenatchee, WA for an author visit with nearly 200 4th & 5th graders - I'll read them my book and then get them running a fun little path I designed to make running fun for all abilities. More on that when I return! A light run is in order on Thursday and then a rest day before the big 10K race on Saturday morning - what a full week!
 
I hope you are having a great week, everyone!
 

4 comments:

J~Mom said...

I love night running in the summer. I am so excited for your 10k!! I think you are going to do awesome!

Marcy said...

Ahhhhhh it's always nice when the kiddies go down without fight :-) Sounds like an excellent run!

Running To Stand Still said...

Yeah for covering all that ground in such a short time!!

Enjoy your trip. Would love to hear more about that.

Crabby McSlacker said...

I'm such a creature of habit I never think to run at night--but what a great idea in the heat of summer!