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August 6, 2013 by Amy B

Pediatrician appointments at 8:00 AM require ultra-early wakeup times if both parents are going to get their marathon training runs in before leaving the house. And even though we’d talked about it, we didn’t actually verbalize times when this would happen. They say “a goal without a plan is a wish,” you know. So true.

At 5:00 AM, which is my normal waking time during the week, Scott informed me that it was raining and that I probably wouldn’t want to go run. I laid in bed for a few minutes, listening to the sound of the rain on the roof and checked the weather app on my phone. No thunderstorms, but there was a big green blob hovering over our area.

I checked my watch and considered my options. Get up and suck it up? Run in the evening? The forecast wasn’t looking that great for the evening. I got up and looked out the window. The rain had actually lessened. The air felt humid. At this point I knew that I didn’t have enough time to get all 8 miles in with enough time to get ready for work and get the kids out the door. I decided to head out for 4 miles and run the rest after work when I had some daylight.

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This was the same route I ran yesterday but a minute slower. I wasn’t trying to break any records for sure, and when it started to pour somewhere around the halfway point, it kind of threw me off. Why trash your legs when you’ve got to do it again in less than 12 hours?

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What I wasn’t expecting was to come face to raised tail with a skunk while waiting for a light to turn green. It’s slightly unnerving to turn your head and see that about ten feet away. I don’t know what the spraying range of a skunk is these days, but it’s something I’d like to not experience firsthand. So thank you, Mr. or Mrs. Skunk, for not giving me the business. I’ll pay it forward to the next skunk I meet down the road.

I don’t know if I’ve ever split a workout in two, so I’ll be interested to see how my legs feel tonight. I’m really a “get home and crash” type of gal, so this will take a little extra motivation. However, I did eat a veggie bowl the size of Rhode Island for lunch, so I do owe it to myself to get my ass out there and get moving.

BTW, I ordered some of this yesterday, in my quest for fog-free glasses.

Sunglasses don’t usually get worn in the morning (no glaring sun before 6AM!) but my long runs usually require some sort of eye protection. I’ll report back when I try it. How can something with a name like this not work? *fingers crossed*

UPDATED LATER

Wow, I did not want to get out and do part II of this workout. But I did. Not much to say other than I felt moderately tired and ran my semi-hilly gravel road route that ends with a hill that is about 800m.

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8.27 for the day! I’ll feel much better about this knowing I won’t have to run 8 in the morning.

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Amy, July 2013

I'm a thirty-something suburbanite turned ruralite living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Wife, mom of two, eater of all things delicious, and a runner. This is where I blather on about running and health. Baby Number Three will be here in November (so yes, I'm a little crazy), and I'm running through my pregnancy for as long as my body's willing and able. There's also more of me at amyupnorth.com. Read more here.

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