Week 16 was a pretty good week and the weather was b-e-a-utiful!! It sounds like everyone on the west coast had a warm October, but we're now hovering around average temps thus the mornings are crisp and perfect for running.
We've been doing hill decline repeats once a week and we are supposed to do these ones outdoors so we can get our legs used to the impact of the road, and that's been a little tough for me to fit in right now because the days are so short. (Our treadmill declines so I usually stick to it for elevation runs.) One night I didn't get them in until almost 9pm! I have had the boys come sit on the corner of the hill, and I get my repeats in while they keep me safe :) then they follow me home in the dark with the car flashers on. :)
Man, nighttime running is sooo fun/cool/quiet, I wish that the world didn't have any creepers so I could do all my runs in the dark.
Bentz joined me a coupla times. He insisted on bringing his ball with us. He so cute!
I was doing my warm up on the treadmill around 5:30 and all of a sudden I see this little head peaking around the corner. Awwwwh. B3 doesn't yet understand the dangers of the treadmill so I usually can't run on it unless he's asleep or with Ben, but this time he let me get a couple miles in until it got light out, then we finished outside! He watched "MININS."
I always carry mace yet never thought about using it, until this weekend!!! Oh man. I passed a guy who was clear across a very wide street from me going in the same direction, and he was just staring at me nonstop. It was fairly early out and the sun hadn't peaked up plus I had just split from Ben, but there were already a bunch of cars here and there so I usually feel safe enough at that time of morning. Still I was half expecting this guy to come runnnning at me, that's how creeped out it felt. He looked so out of place and my alarm bells were going OFF.
So I rounded the corner and just kept my eye on him and eventually he was gone-zo. Peace out.
45 minutes later I'm on my cool down and suddenly coming straight at me on the sidewalk, this guy!! I ran a really random route so I have no idea how we met back up. By then it was sunny and this was on a really busy corner so I kept going forward, trying to not be rude, and I told my paranoid self to stop judging creepy mccreeperson as ...creepy. So I get up to him and kinda push myself in the bushes to the side as I pass, and said, "GOOD MORNING." The guy stopped, took his hat off, turned as I passed while looking me up and down doing the eyebrow raising thing, and continued staring and I kept going. He literally stood there and stared as I ran away. It was so weird. So I stared behind me for the next half mile.
The joys of being a female runner.
|^^Moments before "THE ENCOUNTER"|
Only days to go. Getting excited but also that nervous feeling where I kinda don't want to run this race anymore. Does that happen to you?? I obviously DO want to run it and am stoked, but it gets overwhelming sometimes, at least the duration of time from now until about mile 5. haha
Have a wonderful week!