Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Early Morning Run

What a morning!

First, to back it up, last night my husband decided he wanted to run with me in the evening.  But, I had a few errands to do and wasn't going to fit in a track session.  By the time I got home he was curled up on the couch with the fire on, wrapped in a blanket with the dog, and watching TV.  That just looked WAY too inviting.

So ... I suggested we get up early today and go out for a trail run!

Last night that sounded awesome .... when the alarm went off and it was still dark out this morning, it didn't sound quite as good.

Plus - for the first time in a LONG time, it was below freezing (-1°C / 30°F) and a good layer of frost covered the ground.  I know that's not super cold, but for what we've had around here lately it was cold.  If you've been following the Olympics you are well aware of the warm weather we've been having here.  I heard yesterday they had to cancel 20,000 spectator tickets at the local mountain due to lack of snow in the viewing area making it unsafe to stand on!!

I'm not much of a morning exerciser, but I wanted to make sure I got a good run in for sure today and didn't want to leave it to chance.  We have things on the agenda tonight and I can't be 100% certain of fitting in a workout then (though I will try to get in a 2nd one if I can).

Down by the water it was SUPER foggy.  I would NOT have wanted to be out on that trail alone this morning - spooky!  Plus, for what is normally a very busy trail, we passed only one other couple all morning.  But we got to take the dog along with us, which she loved.  It was nice to let her run off leash the whole time without worrying about her getting in the way of others.

Only ran 5 miles ... would have liked to have gone further, but had to get home to get the kids off to school.  I think as the sun starts rising earlier I'd like to do this more often, but earlier.  I sure love my job, I can show up late as I feel and they don't care in the least.

I kinda wish I'd gotten a pic after the run.  My hair was soaked from the fog and partially frozen.  It was a sight I tell ya!

Yesterday I was tagged by ajh at Age Groups Rock with the beautiful Sunshine Award.  THANKS♥ ajh, I really appreciate you thinking of me!


That's got to be one of the prettiest bloggy awards I've seen!

I need to pass this along to 12 bloggers who bring sunshine to my life.  If you haven't visited these blogs check them out. Definitely a bunch on sunshiny people who bring lots of inspiration and support to my life.  Some of these are blogs that I've recently discovered and really wanna share with others who may not have had the pleasure of coming across them yet. 
Pass this along as you feel.

Special shout out to my Momma who is about 1/3 of the way through her radiation treatments.  You're almost done Momma and I'm so happy you're OK.  Love ya!

Hope everyone is having an absolute WONDERFUL day!



kimert said...

I am not a morning person at all! I always have grand plans to get up at 5 and hit the gym but when the alarm clock goes off I can't help be roll back over into the warmth of my bed. LOL Of course during the spring/summer I find it easier to actually get up and go workout/run early...perhaps it is the weather! I know it isn't nearly as cold here as it is there though. :)

Tamara said...

I'm giddy for being the first on your list! I'm sure they are in no specific order but still, I feel very sunshiny getting that award from you. Thank you!

I would have loved a pic of the ice helmet. And I'm totally pointing and laughing at you for thinking minus one is cold. Wimp! :)

ajh said...

I am so a morning person and not an evening person. Good luck to your mom.

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

aawww...thank you so much for the Award! I am so glad to have "met" you and can't wait to really for real real meet you some day soon!

Glad to hear your mom is a fighter! Now I know where you get it from!

Syl said...

thanks for the award Heidi, I noticed Tamara was listed first....... :-)

I answered your questions from yesterday and also posted a "darker" picture, anything for you :-)

so happy to hear your mom is doing a little better, thanks for updating us!

Marcelle said...

Firstly, thanks so so much for the sunshine award...I sure need sunshine at the moment....know I have not long to go for catching the end of South African hoping for a few good days.

Am impressed that you ran at -1 degrees, not will never catch me outdoors running...I know its lovely and fresh, but we have so much snow and ice still...far too dangerous.
I prefer training in the morning, if I miss the morning I struggle to get going at night...but do from time to time...I think I'm into morning as I used to teach the 6am spinning class 2x a week and 6am Aerobic class 3x a week...I had to get up early and have my happy face on for the members...LOL

I'm hoping all goes well with your should share more, its so good to read inspirational stories...

Marcelle said...

Hey Heidi....
I am no longer a 6am trainer....our gym only opens at 8.30am I go betwee 10 - we like the same training times.

Jill said...

Hi Heidi, found your blog via someone's (no idea who anymore. sorry). I just wanted to say hi and I will forward to reading about your running journey!

Alicia said...

Awww, thanks for the sunshine! I really needed that! Good for you for getting out there and getting 5 miles in early. Crazy that the fog soaked your hair! Now that's some heavy fog!