I am a morning person. I like to get up, get my run done and get on with the day. John and I decided to sleep in, run by the "new" house and work at the house afterwards. I woke up at 6am, which is sleeping in for me. I thought we'd leave the house at 7am and be running by 8am. At 7am, he was just getting up. So I revised my schedule- 7:30am out the door, running by 8:30. At 8am, I revised my schedule again. We got to the house at 8:45 and he started cleaning up construction debris. This could continue on for hours if we didn't get running. When we finally started our run at 9am I was grumpy. I had been awake for 3 hours and had a 2 hour plus run in front of me. I was tired, my legs were tired, my left calf was starting to cramp and then my foot felt numb. I was hoping my body would warm up otherwise I was not having a good time and didn't know if I would complete the run.
One nice thing about running an out/back is I break it down into the two parts. I tell myself I only have to run 8 miles and count down the miles to get there. Once to the 8 mile mark and turned around, I then only have 8 miles to go. It's much easier for me to break my runs into those pieces. Eventually not only did my running get easier, but I got my attitude on track and I quit being miserable and blaming John.
My goal for today's run was to run goal pace at 8:45. Some of the miles were easier than others and I did manage an average of 8:43's for the run. Only 6 weeks to go.