Monday, March 31, 2008

It's official

I finally sent in my half marathon entry form late last week. So it's official! I will be doing the Avenue of the Giants HM in May! You know, there was a time when I never would have paid $45 (!!!) just to run. Guess times have changed. ;-)

Speaking of change, I am trying something new this week. Rather than doing my weekday runs in the evening, I will be doing them in the morning. If I like it after this week, I will try to do all my weekday runs in the morning. Also, I plan to run Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, as well as a long run on Sunday. I really need to run four days, if I can.

Today was my first morning run. I set the alarm for 6:15, but the neighbor's dogs were barking and woke me up before that. I looked outside and it was totally dark still. Ugh. I don't want to run in the dark, so I reset the alarm for 6:40. There was some daylight by then, but it was bitter cold out (like in the 20s). Everything was covered in frost, but I decided to head out anyway.

I didn't have much time, since I had to be back in time for Tim to leave for work, so I opted for two miles, just to test the waters. It wasn't that bad. It actually felt good to be awake that early, since, as most of you know, I do not consider myself to be a morning person. I finished my two miles and tacked on another .20 for good measure. I didn't feel like I had worked out long enough, so I hopped on the stationary bike and did five miles. Overall, it felt like a good workout.

I'm hoping to get out the door about 10 minutes earlier on Wednesday so I can do three miles. I hope I get used to the morning workouts and like them, because working out when we're supposed to be eating dinner is kinda getting old.

I'm off to reward myself with a nice, hot cup of French Vanilla Dunkin' Donuts coffee, brewed in my new coffee maker!

Today's stats:
Distance: 2.2 miles
Time: 23:55
Pace: 10:52 minute/mile

Distance: 5 miles
Time: 19:47


J~Mom said...

$45 is cheap! :<( Would you believe the tri for the cure is $75!! I am like you though I never would have imagined paying someone to exercise! In fact I started running to save money from joining the gym!! Crazy, huh?

ANYWAY, GREAT job getting up!!!

Wes said...

Congrats for signing up for a half mary! You will be awesomest :-D

Megan Hall said...

May the Morning Running Fairy visit you frequently, and cheerfully!

Marcy said...

LMAO at Lisa. Seriously, who pays for this stuff? Only crazies I guess ;-)

WHOO HOOO!! You'll do GREAT chica! And you'll love it!

Sonia said...

Congrats on signing for your first half! You are definiely ready to tackle this!

Good luck switching to morning runs, I find it brutal to begin this regimen but in the end, I always prefer having my running done to have the night free!!

gnome517 said...

michelle, you are going to get used to wokring out in the AM and you are going to love it! I go to the gym at 6 2 days a week and i love getting it out of the way. congrats on teh registration! woo hoo!