I know, your first response is: "Was there a fire?" or simply "YES!" But hear me out.
As I have mentioned before, my husband leaves at 5am to head off to work. My parents were with us for 2 weeks, so I got a little reprieve from running too early. But my Marathon Training Plan (MTP from here on out) called for 6 miles today. How am I going to get 6 miles in?
I thought maybe I could split the run up, but it was only 6 miles. I could run it in the evening when the sun goes down, but running energizes me so I wouldn't fall asleep until well after 11pm as in the past. I could get a sitter to come - earliest would be 9am and try to run 6 miles in the DC/MD July heat and humidity, but that is just insane.
So, I set my alarm for 3:30 and got dressed (had to set everything out the night before or I would have totally not been able to match - does it matter if you match if you run in the dark) and headed out.
You would be surprised how many people are awake or at least have lights on in their house at 3:45 am - 34 houses - I counted. I passed two people walking their dog, but it may have been 4:30 by then. I passed 26 deer... yes, I counted them too. No, they were not together. I did not see more than 3 together... but I did pass (or they passed me) 26 deer. I've made friends with the newspaper delivery chic (mainly so she doesn't run me over in her little car)... she is up that early - doesn't start until about 4:15 though. I get to count how many street lights are out - 7 this morning, 6 yesterday. There is virtually no noise, so I really concentrate on my breathing and step. I am learning how to be a stealth runner. So, there are benefits to running early.
I arrive home just before Lyle was ready to leave. We chatted a little bit. He asked how I did... probably just to make conversation... as I towelled off. I finished 6 miles in 56:54. My splits were: 9:38, 9:23, 9:28, 9:31 (big hill), 9:13 (flat), 9:33.
He left, I took the dog out, fed her and decided to strip and get back into bed. Yes, I was still sweaty... but I did change the sheets. Dolce, the dog, joined me and we slept until 7:30 am when my children begged, "Are you ever going to get up?" Little did they know that I had gotten up. It is harder to get up the second time. Too bad my son's camp and my work called - so I had to get up. Hopped in the shower - stretched as I shaved my legs and got ready to start my day for the second time.
I have gotten advice from my Facebook family (BTW: friend me on FB if you want: Jennifer Farren Green - just let me know my blog sent you) to get a sitter or switch days with another running friend. But all of my running friends are not morning people or their husbands do not leave until 7 or 8 am. I have to figure it out though because my miles are going to get longer and longer as I get further into my MTP... And even I think getting up before 3:30 would be INSANE!!!!!
On the Deck front - it passed final inspection on Tuesday morning and my father finished the installation of our new french doors Tuesday evening. My parents departed Wednesday morning, my mother's 60th birthday, to head to my twin sister's house in High Point, NC before going home to Myrtle Beach. It was sad to see them go but we hope to see then again in August.