I ran SEVEN miles on a Thursday!!! I know, I need to explain.
The baby that I watch during the week left early for Spring Break, so I got the morning off. Since I knew this in advance, I decided to volunteer at Brock's preschool at 10:30. If I took the long way, it would be 4 miles - so I decided to run there.
It felt great not to run with the jogging stroller. I had a hard time controlling my body temperature. One minute I was hot, the next chilly. The breezy, cloudy day was the main culprit, but I did get a little sunburn so the sun peek through enough to toast my face.
I got to his school pretty fast. I was worried I was going to be late, so I ran a great tempo.
I volunteered by helping them make tissue flowers and guiding them with the pinata event. I became the hero as I knocked it down after everyone had a chance... Brock was very proud.
I was not thinking when I decided to run there that I would have an hour in between for my muscles to cool down and I never stretched, so getting the momentum to run home was hard. I searched the parking lot for a mom I knew who could drive me home. I had no such luck.
Oh, well - it was meant for me to run home. I decided to take the 3 mile trek home and skip the 4 mile repeat. The 3 mile trek is more dangerous and some parts don't have sidewalks or shoulders, but the road was amazingly empty. At about .5, I saw a mom I knew pass me. A quick decision... run back to the school and ask for a ride home or keep going. I decided to keep going. It was tough. Mile 6 was like 12:40. Ugh! But I had to get home... so I kept on going.
I made it to my cool down spot and a nice neighbor and lovely friend stopped to chat. I convinced her to drive me the .3 of a mile home so I could quickly shower and get ready to go back to school to pick up Brock.
In the end, I am happy that I got 7 miles in... and the next time I think about running to his school, I will remember to stretch when I get there and spend at least 5 minutes warming up on the trek home. Not sure there will be a next time though.
I hope everything is having a great Thursday.